Hiram College

Student Showcase of Published Works

The following is a small selection of recent conference presentations and publications by Hiram College English, Creative Writing, and Writing Minor students and graduates:


Matthew Mitchell (Class of 2020)

  • Poetry Publications
  • Chapbook Publications
    • “You’re My Favorite Garçon”
    • “Neon Hollywood Cowboy”
    • “Mid 90’s Kamikaze”
  • Presentation: “Bruce Bechdel’s ‘Happy Death’ in Fun Home” – Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference in St. Louis, 2017
  • Honorable Mention: The Associated Writers and Writing Program Intro Journals Project

Alexia Kemerling (Class of 2020)

  • Essay Publications
  • Poetry Publications
    •  “Ode to Erosion” – Bridge, 2019
  • Presentation: “In Memoriam of Rust,” Creative Nonfiction: Writing About Place Panel, NUCL 2019
  • She co-authored “Hostile, Benevolent, and Ambivalent Ableism: Contemporary Manifestations” – Journal of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), 2019.
  • She also free-lances for Ohio Travel Guide, Ohio Magazine, Heart of Ohio Magazine, and others.

Hailey Toporcer (Class of 2019)

  • Presentation: National Undergraduate Literature Conference (NULC) in Utah, 2019.

Hallie Chavez (Class of 2018)

  • Presentation: Twice during her time as a student at the Northwest Undergraduate Conference on Literature (NUCL).

Taisa (Tai) Chirovsky (Class of 2017)

  • Songs
    • “Someone You’d Be Proud of” – 2018
    • “Still Breathing” – 2018
    • “Falling Slow” – 2018
    • “Stumbling Feet” – 2017
    • and more.
  • Flash Essay: “Soliloquy of New Job” in Dime Show Review, 2019

Sara Shearer (Class of 2017)

  • Poetry
    • “The Cottage at Tondreaus Point” – Botticelli Magazine Number 9, 2016
    • “Perhaps  you’ve heard about a WWII airplane resting on the bottom of Nimisila Reservoir” – 1st Place in Collision Literary Magazine, 2017
  • Presentation: “Yoko Ogawa, Borge’s Ts’ui Pên, and the Importance of Magical Realism” – Northwest Undergraduate Conference on Literature (NUCL), 2017.
  • Sara was also a finalist in poetry and fiction for the Hollins University Lex Allen Literary Festival
  • Chosen by Literary Cleveland as 5 under 25, 2017

Paul Dickerson (Class of 2016)


Alys Dutton (Class of 2015)

  • Honorable Mention: The Associated Writers and Writing Program Intro Journals Project
  • Chosen by Literary Cleveland as 5 under 25, 2017

Grace Baran (Class of 2014)

  • Poetry Publication: “Gulls” – River Styx International Poetry Contest Winner, published in River Styx #99 by Big River Association, 2017
  • Presentations
    • “An Essay on Wonder Woman” at the National Undergrad Literature Conference in Ogden, UT
    • Presented at Northwest Undergraduate Conference on Literature (NUCL) in Oregon.

Marzi (M;) Margo (Class of 2014)


Nick Sawatsky (Class of 2014)

  • Essay Publication: “Thank You for Running from the Police” – Stumble, January 2012
  • Short Fiction Publication

Brendan Curtinrich (Class of 2013)

  • Publications
    • “True Owl” – Gigantic Sequins, Issue 11.1, 2020
    • “Problembär” – Appalachia, Summer/Fall 2018
    • “Frozen Shores” – Footnote: A Literary Journal of History, Issue 6

Caitlyn Caldwell (Class of 2013)

  • Presentation: “Virginia Woolf’s Mother Bird,” at the National Undergraduate Literature Conference (NULC) in Utah, 2012.

Roxanna Coldiron (Class of 2013)


Lauren (Dissident) Parker (Class of 2012)


Jake Maynard (Class of 2010)


Rachel Wilkinson (Class of 2010)


Kristen Weidus (Class of 2009)

  • Presentation: “The Female Epic,” – National Undergraduate Literature Conference in Utah, 2008

Grace Martin (Class of 2009)

  • Presentation: “Music’s Connection to Class Status in The Mill on the Floss” –  National Undergraduate Literature Conference in Utah, 2008

John Hartzmark (Class of 2009)

  • Presentation: “Dorian and Faustus: Representatives of Their Times” -Susquehanna University Undergraduate Literature and Writing Conference, 2008

Ashley Nuzzi (Class of 2008)

  • Poetry Publications
    • “Saguaro” – Warbler, Summer 2008 
    • “a 77 year-old man with a hammer” – My Favorite Bullet, May/June 2008
  • Her chapbook of poems was one of four finalists in the 2007 Wick Chapbook Student Competition, sponsored by the Wick Poetry Center.

Amberly Hyden (Class of 2006)

  • Presentation: “The Sovereign Principle of Life: Images of Blood in Baumgartner’s Bombay,” – National Undergraduate Literature Conference in Utah, 2005

Alisha Heimbuch (Class of 2004)

  • Essay Publication: “To Be My Correspondent”- The Rambler. (It was also nominated for a Pushcart Prize)

Genevieve Jencson (Class of 2004)

  • Poetry Publications
    • “Dunkeld Cathedral 2 December 2004” – Whiskey Island, Fall 2006
    • “Sweet September” – Whiskey Island, Fall 2006

Annie D’Angelo (Class of 2003)

  • 1st Place in nonfiction in Ohio Writer’s Best of Ohio Writers Contest in 2003.

Jennie Dennison-Budak (Class of 1998)

  • 1st Place in fiction in Ohio Writer’s Best of Ohio Writers Context in 1997.

Jen Hirt (Class of 1997)

  • Essay Publications
    • “Hear Me Ohio” – Essay Collection, 2020
    • “Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy” – 2019
    • “Students of the Route” – published in her co-edited Creating Nonfiction: Twenty Essays and Interviews with the Writers and won Gold in the 2016 Foreword INDIES Awards
    • “Swinging Line” – From Curlers to Chainsaws: Women and Their Machines, 2016
    • “Going to See the Body” – The Turnip, Spring/Summer 2019 and the Best American Essay’s Notable Essays List
    • and more.
  • Creative Nonfiction Publications in Touchstone, Flyway, and the Briar Cliff Review.
    • “Under Glass: The Girl with a Thousand Christmas Trees” – won Drake Universty Emerging Writer Award in 2011, 2010
    • and more.
  • Chapbook & Poetry Publications
  • She also interviewed Scott Russell Sanders for Fugue, the University of Idaho’s literary magazine and has been featured in many interviews and magazines.

Paul Cockeram (Class of 1998)

  • Publications
    • “The Whiskey Admiral’s Lament” – The Turnip Truck(s), April 2015
    • “Saving Mortimer” – Confrontation, Spring 2014
    • “Life of Pi” – Salem Press’ Masterplots, November 2010
  • Pushcart Prize nominations in 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2015
  • Several “Notes from Abroad” in Im-possible, a journal of cultural criticism

Elizabeth Cognard Wells (Class of 1996)

  • Co-editor for:
    • Kindred Hands”: Letters on Writing by British and American Women Authors, 1867-1935 (University of Iowa Press)
    • BBC Talks of E.M. Forster, 1929-1960 (University of Missouri Press)

Marnie Ellis (Class of 1996)

  • Poetry Publications in Beloit Poetry Journal, Prairie Schooner, and Sonora Review.