Please welcome our incoming Fall 2013 MA class:
Kym Goering is a native Virginian, born and raised in Fairfax then transplanted to Williamsburg in ’94 with her husband. She earned BS degree from High Point University in ‘91. With her three sons (ages 16, 13 and 8) in school full-time, Kym is now able to pursue graduate school. Currently, she works in the American Sign Language Department at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Richmond. The experience of working in a collegiate environment led to her desire to teach post-secondary English. Her research curiosities vary; however, particularly keen are her interests in Composition Instruction, American Literature (Modernism – present), Novel Structure, and Sociolinguistics. If Kym were allotted downtime, she’s pretty darn satisfied with her feet buried in the sand, a wine glass in hand, the Redskins (or Nats, season depending) on the big screen and music thumping in the background.
Alex Jones was born in Roanoke, Virginia on September 17th, 1983. In 2006 he graduated from VCU with a bachelor’s degree in business administration focusing on small business management and entrepreneurship. For the past 7 years Alex has been waiting tables. In the course of those 7 years he has learned a lot of important life lessons: Olive Garden bread sticks can be close to 500 calories each, Tempeh is like tofu but with a flaky texture, and Rumplemintz is the way to go for cheap shots. A year ago, he decided to pursue graduate education and six months later a masters in English. Alex will use the degree to create business models around new digital media to resurrect the single-sitting pulp magazines of the 50s and 60s. He would like to see the popularity of short fiction overtake visual and musical arts in the Richmond area, then the world. Perhaps one day create as great a wave as Weird Tales in the 1920s and Astonishing Science Fiction in the 1950s.
Rebecca Elizabeth Jones was born in Huntsville, Alabama on January 25, 1963 and grew up in Annandale, Virginia. She moved to Richmond in 1981 and earned bachelor’s degrees in art history and English education at VCU. In those days, Rebecca never dreamed that the humble day-old Wonder Bread outlet store on Cary and Belvidere would become the VCU School of Business — but it did and that’s where she works today as Marketing Program Coordinator. She is thrilled to be an English major again and eager to start the master’s program and meet others in the program. Prior to working for VCU, she was Managing Editor of WORKMagazine, Creative Work Space, Urge Magazine, and Sports Backers Quarterly. Before that, Rebecca was Coordinator of Teacher Programs and Statewide Exhibition Programming for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts for six years. And before that, she taught English, journalism and Italian for Richmond Public Schools and at Saint Gertrude High School for thirteen years. Her interests include writing creative nonfiction and musical theatre (book and lyrics). She is also interested in visual arts, Broadway history, opera, and gardening.
James Lee studied in the Undergraduate English program at VCU, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in 2013 before continuing on to the VCU masters program in English. His research interests include topics in Feminist and Queer Theory as well as Continental philosophy, with a special focus on the work of Gilles Deleuze and Michel Foucault. After completing his masters thesis, James hopes to continue on to VCU’s Media, Art, and Text PhD program.
Connor McCormick has lived in Richmond for most of his life. His wife’s name is Tati, and they currently live in Carytown with their dog Magnolia. Connor studied History at Virginia Commonwealth University, focusing primarily on European Modernism, and hopes to pursue a future in research through his graduate studies in English. In his free time he enjoys writing poetry, playing music, watching films, and skateboarding. Some of his favorite writers include Toni Morrison, Jack Kerouac, William Carlos Williams, Joyce Carol Oates, and Junot Diaz.
Tim Morris earned a BA in English from James Madison University where he was the editor of the literary and arts magazine Gloo. He later earned an MFA from Brooklyn College. He has published poetry, essays and manifestos in hand-made books and on confusing websites. He is the author of the play Red Steak in a Black Building which was performed, one night only, at Zebulon with members of NTUSA. His research interests mostly pertain to the critical examination of poetry, especially Zukofsky and the Objectivists. A few short weeks ago Tim finished silk-screening, folding and stapling 280 copies of a collaborative poetry booklet called Row Boat Cop. Much to the annoyance of wife, dogs and neighbors, he tends to practice electric guitar at odd hours and is probably less good at it than he thinks he is.
John Pettis is a cat person. So that probably gives you all you need to know about him. As you can probably imagine, he has a bachelor’s degree in English. John is interested in studying modern works of fiction with an emphasis on postmodern and experimental fiction. He writes short stories, and is currently working on a comic book with other VCU students. However, he doesn’t think English, as a subject, should be restricted to written mediums. John likes working on/helping with group projects like a short film, or voice acting.
Jennifer Revis studied at Old Dominion University and in December of 2010 received her Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in journalism and a minor in psychology. While attending ODU, her senior year she wrote for the student newspaper, Mace and Crown. Jennifer also volunteered for the Student Activities Council her freshman and sophomore years at the university. Since graduation she has started a family and is a proud mother of one wildly energetic and affectionate two-year-old girl. Along with her fiancé and daughter, she resides in Chesterfield County with their Labrador and Pit bull mix, Scooby. Currently, she is an Outreach Specialist at the Virginia Economic Development Partnership. There she speaks with out of state companies and their executive teams to help create jobs in Virginia.
Virginia Seatherton was raised and educated in England. She went to Randolph-Macon College and graduated in 2008 with a BA in English and History and a minor in Political Science. Virginia went to The College of Law of England and Wales in London and graduated in 2010 with an LLB. She currently works in-house for Capital One as a Litigation Specialist. She likes to read, write, run, and travel. With her English degree, Virginia hopes to get published and to go on to get a PhD.
Born in Miami, Florida on March 7, 1968, Vincent Simone lived four years of his early childhood in the former West Germany before moving briefly to New York and then to Texas. His father’s hiring by RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company brought the family to Winston-Salem, NC, where he grew up. After high school, Vincent attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, including one year at the Université Paul Valéry in Montpellier, France. After graduation, he waited tables for a few months before moving to Paris, where he eked out an existence teaching English and… plumbing. When Vincent returned to the US a year later, he wanted to read philosophy, so he took classes—first at Wake Forest, then at UNC—until he decided in the spring of 1993 to join the Army. After a year studying Arabic, he spent the remainder of his four-year enlistment as a cavalry scout. After being discharged, Vincent returned to school full-time to study comparative literature—first at UNC, then at NC State. In the fall of 1998, he fell in love with an old friend and moved to NYC; within a month of his arrival, they moved together to Geneva, Switzerland where he worked for nearly six years as an analyst at a Swiss hedge fund. In the summer of 2004, Vincent returned to NC State to resume the degree he had left incomplete. After arranging to observe classes at a high school in Raleigh, he decided to pursue secondary education and graduated in December 2007 with a degree in English and a license to teach. When his girlfriend/now-wife and he moved to Richmond for her work, Vincent took his first teaching job. Finally, after five years as a public high school English teacher, he looks forward to the next chapter of his life as a graduate student at VCU.
Meredith Spencer completed her BS in Psychology and BA in English at VCU in the Spring of 2013. She is interested in all aspects of the English major, ranging from literary research to editing and publishing to writing pedagogy. She currently works in the VCU Writing Center and interns as a copyeditor and pagebuilder with VCU’s literary magazine, Blackbird. She will be teaching all across Virginia this summer for the Institute of Reading Development, after which she is excited to pursue graduate studies in English literature here in the Fall.