If you are wondering how you can use your English degree from Warren Wilson, look over this list of graduates. Our majors go on to successful careers in a wide variety of professions.
Michael Willey (2013). Michael is teaching K-8 grade levels at an English International Training School in Heng Yang City, Hunan, China; learning Mandarin; practicing photography; and writing.
Hannah Jacobs (2011). Hannah has spent the last two years working for the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University, where she coordinates events, provides audiovisual and technical support, and manages facilities. Additionally, Hannah has served as coordinator for Youth Ministries at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Hillsborough, NC, and she is currently helping her family establish their business, Bee Wild Farm. In September 2013 Hannah will begin work towards an MA in Digital Humanities at King’s College London.
Lora Moon (2011). Lora earned her MA in English at the University of Toronto and is currently enrolled in the PhD program at the University of British Columbia. Her doctoral research combines her engagement with the work of Virginia Woolf and botany.
Courtney Oliphant (2011). Courtney works as a healthcare collector and part time editor.
Jennifer Miyakawa Cloke (2010). Jennifer is a Communications Coordinator for a nonprofit that promotes organic agriculture production and education in the Southeast, and she also works on a pasture-raised pig and cattle farm.
Kathryn Evans (2010). Kat is a writer in the Charlotte, NC area currently working on a collection of short stories.
Kit Kruegar (2010). Among Kit’s many adventure since graduation are an internship at a goat farm that produces organic cheeses, work as a theatre technician, and, most recently, an apprentice chocolatier.
Beth Robinson (2010). Beth completed her J.D. at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, where she worked at the University’s law clinic with indigent victims of domestic violence. She is pursuing work in family law and domestic violence family law.
Robert Bailey (2009). Robert is a Defense Artillery Officer in the United States Army, stationed in Kaiserlautern, Germany.
Lora Hawkins (2009). After graduation, Lora taught English in rural Peru before earning an MAT in secondary English from Brown University. She currently teaches English and Drama at the American School of Kuwait.
Rachel Hawkins (2009). Rachel is finishing an MA in speech language pathology at Colorado University, Boulder.
Samantha Christopher (2008). Sam spent her first three years after graduation travelling around the world teaching on boats. In 2013 she graduated from the University of Southern California with an MFA in writing for screen and television and is currently developing comedy for the web.
Allison Long (2007). Allison received her MLS degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and now works for Ipas, a global reproductive health nonprofit that maintains an extensive library collection on women’s reproductive health, including probably the world’s largest research collection on abortion.
Meredith Sutphin Hayes (2007). Meredith earned her MSLS at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Library and Information Science in 2009. After a year as a reporter for the Avery Journal-Times in Newland, NC, she became Assistant Librarian at the Spruce Pine Public Library.
Sophia Natasha Sunseri (2006). Sophia earned and MFA in poetry from the New School University in New York and an MA in Comparative Literature from the University of Toronto. She is now pursuing a Ph.D. at CUNY where she has been awarded a five year fellowship.
James Sutton (2006). After studying educational psychology at the University of Colorado, Denver, Jim taught fourth grade for a number of years before recently entering a certification for web development and computer programming.
Adam Fajardo (2005). Adam is finishing his Ph.D. thesis in English at Indiana University. Having taught composition and literature courses there for six years, he spent two years as Assistant Director for First Year Composition.
Helen Brew (2004). Helen is finishing a Ph.D. at the University of Louisiana where she teaches literature, composition, and creative writing. An avid equestrian, Helen trains horses and competes professionally.
Joey Honeycutt (2004). Joey earned an MSW from UNC-Charlotte and now works as an advocate serving survivors of rape, sexual assault, and domestic violence.
Rebecca Pierson Honeycutt (2004). Rebecca earned her MLS degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and served for five years as a teen and young adult librarian in public libraries in North Carolina. She now works for Novelist annotating books for children and teens.
Joseph Nabholz (2004). Joe taught ESL for grades K-8 in Taiwan, becoming fluent in Mandarin in the process. He currently teaches Mandarin Chinese to grades 1-8 in Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania.
Jenessa Scwartz (2004). After graduation, Jenessa worked as a stage manager for San Jose Repertory Theatre Opera San Jose and Shakespeare Santa Cruz. She then attended graduate school at NYU, receiving her Masters in Education. She taught middle school English and Theatre for a number of years before taking the position of Director of Jewish Life at the Los Gatos, CA Jewish Community Center.
Will Shaw (2004). Will is in the PhD program at the University of North Carolina.
Thomas Forsythe (2003). Tom received his MLS from UNC-Chapel Hill and currently works in the UK on specialized project for the Templeman Library at the University of Kent.
Rose McLarney (2003). Rose is an award-winning published poet who received her MFA from Warren Wilson’s MFA Program for Writers in 2010. Having taught as John Beebe Fellow in Creative Writing at Warren Wilson, Rose is now Assistant Professor of Poetry at Oklahoma State University.
Erin Algiere (2002). Erin is a photographer in Denver where she works at the Museum of Contemporary Art as a program organizer. She plans to begin work on an MFA in Visual Art in the near future.
Jordan Arico (2000). After graduation, Jordan interned in Australia at the wardrobe departments of the Queensland Theatre Company and the Queensland Ballet; then she worked for various theatre companies in the California Bay area before earning degrees in Child Development and Social and Behavioral Science from De Anza College.
Kelly Graben Knight (1999). Kelly pursues a career in publishing, having worked for an advertising company, a custom magazine publisher, and currently as a technical editor for a company that develops web-based and instructor-led training courses.
Eli Ellis Ogburn (1999). After graduation, Eli moved to Seattle and worked in the nonprofit sector in LGBT mental health, receiving an MA in Gender and Women’s Studies in 2005. After working with an HIV/AIDS nonprofit, Eli earned a MSW in 2011 and now works as a clinical social worker in Durham. (Q: where did he earn the graduate degrees?)
George Hodges (1998). George spent three years as an independent carpenter/sub-contractor in Western North Carolina before starting up his business, Pisgah Plants, in Chandler, North Carolina.
Chris While (1997). Chris works as a labor community organizer, currently working in Joliet, Illinois, and has worked with a wide variety of constituents over the years.
Susan Flint Rajkumar (1996). Susan attained US National Certification in Massage/Holistic healing, taught in the US and in Europe, and now resides with her husband in India.
Ron Hasson (1995). Ron is a singer-songwriter, actor, and playwright whose plays have been produced in Wilmington, NC.
John Jeter (1995). John earned an M.Ed. degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and has been teaching middle school English in Virginia, specializing in at-risk students.
Joanna Gollberg Stirling (1995). Joanna is an Asheville artist who has published instructional books in the area of metal and jewelry crafting.
Katherine Matteson (1994). Receiving a second bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Illinois, Chicago after working as a CPN for eight years, Mat currently works as a geriatric psychiatry nurse at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and maintains a practice of creating comics and writing.
Gordon Smith (1993). Gordon served two years in the Brethren Volunteer Service in Belfast, Northern Ireland before receiving a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from WCU. He maintains a counseling practice in Asheville and currently serves as a member of Asheville City Council.
Benjamin Harper (1992). Ben has worked as an editor at LucasFilm Ltd., DC Comics, and Warner Brothers and has published a number of books on popular culture and children’s books.
Jenny Pike (1992). Jenny earned a Ph.D. in English from Drew University and served for over a decade as an academic dean and classroom professor at Wesleyan University and then Mount Holyoke, where she now teaches.
Morgan (Fisher) Daven (1991). Morgan earned an MA in English Literature from the University of Virginia before entering a career in healthcare access program development. He has worked for the last sixteen years with the American Cancer Society.
John Huntley (1990). After twenty years as a technical writing and information architect for web development at Bell South and AT&T, Jack now forks full time as a wood worker.