Kevin recently completed a masters in literature and creative writing at Claremont Graduate University, where he is now progressing through the PhD in English. His research, creative, and lifestyle interests revolve around twentieth-century American poetry, California history, and beach studies.
BRENDAN BABISH | ADVISORY EDITOR
Brendan received his masters in literature and creative writing from Claremont Graduate University in 2010. His day job includes social networking and serving as managing editor of CGU’s magazine, the Flame. Brendan ascribes to Norman Mailer’s theory that novels are a marriage, short stories are an affair, and poems are one-night stands; as such, poetry provides a unique thrill.
JAN ANDRES | COMMUNICATIONS EDITOR
Jan earned an MA in Literature and Film at Claremont Graduate University, where she is now a PhD candidate in English. Her work focuses on American literature, film, and material productions of the postwar period. She is currently working on her dissertation, which explores the notion of the open secret and its complicated relationship with celebrity in cultural productions of the Cold War. A Fulbright grantee, Jan spent 2011-2012 working with the Institute of English at the University of Łódź in Poland.
BRIAN F. MCCABE | OUTREACH EDITOR
Brian is a third-year doctoral student at Claremont Graduate University whose main focus is poetry and poetics in the twentieth- and twenty-first-centuries. Brian works primarily on Irish, American, and Irish-American writers, but has a general interest in all good poetry. Brian’s studies have taken him all over the country, and beyond; to England and Ireland, where he plans to return every summer until he dies. His bedside table generally has Cummings, Mary Oliver, Eavan Boland, and Seamus Heaney on it—and the latest edition of Foothill. He’s also a photographer of some moderate skill.
KELSEY KIMMEL | DESIGN EDITOR
Kelsey is a recent graduate from the University of Redlands, where she received a BA in graphic design. She is pursuing an MFA at Claremont Graduate University. Her work incorporates digital photographs and drawings, and is inspired by the complexities and haphazardness of daily life. In her free time, you'll find Kelsey playing soccer, dog-sitting (in hopes of soon getting her own), or enjoying the California sunshine at the beach, either with friends or with a good book.
CLARISSA CASTANEDA | ASSOCIATE EDITOR
Clarissa recently completed her MA in literature and creative writing from Claremont Graduate University and is now enrolled at University of California, Riverside, where she is pursuing a PhD in English. As a Los Angeles native, there are diverse cultural influences that impact her academic and creative works as a poet. Her current research is focused on twentieth-century literature of the Americas, translation theory, visual-to-literary art movements, and New Formalism in an interdisciplinary context.
SCOTT KNEECE | ASSOCIATE EDITOR
Scott studies twentieth-century British and American poetry, as well as literary theory, aesthetics, and painting. As a graduate student and striving poet himself, he remains excited by the particularly forum a journal such as Foothill offers young and emerging voices in the world of poetry. Scott recently received his masters in literature and creative writing from Claremont Graduate University and is now enrolled at University of California, San Barbara, where he is pursuing a PhD in English.
TYLER REEB | ASSOCIATE EDITOR
Tyler came to Claremont Graduate University in 2006 to pursue doctoral studies in English after nearly a decade-long career as a journalist/editor who researched and wrote about topics ranging from next-generation telecommunications and aerospace technologies, to politics and urban planning, to arts and culture. He is currently writing his dissertation, “A Philosophy of Narrative Synthesis: Uniting 21st Century Scholars Through Narrative,” which explains his fascination with narrative poetry.
RACHEL TIE | ASSOCIATE EDITOR
Rachel is a fourth-year doctoral student at Claremont Graduate University focusing on contemporary twentieth-century American literature and cultural studies. Her work considers literature as not just a work of art, but as a cultural artifact replete with the ideologies, anxieties, and the preoccupations of its generation. Specific areas of interest include family studies, the American Dream, and identity. In her spare time, Rachel can be found strolling Claremont in an endless pursuit of hot coffee with her dog, Bean.
APRIL ANDERSON | PRODUCTION EDITOR
April is a doctoral student in English at CGU. She recently completed her MA in literature and writing studies from California State University, San Marcos. April is currently working as an academic mentor at Claremont McKenna College, a writing consultant in the Writing Center at CGU, and a freshman-comp instructor at Palomar College. Though she has been caught reciting the poetry of e.e. cummings and T.S. Eliot and/or pondering the human condition as it appears in Russian literature, her primary research focuses on American women poets and aesthetics.
JAJI CROCKER | ASSISTANT EDITOR
Jaji is a second-year, dual-degree student at Claremont Graduate University, working toward her PhD in English with a focus on twentieth-century American literature, and her MA in Religion with a focus on women in religion. Her research explores the function of literature in religion, as well as religion's influences on literature and women's lives, particularly concentrating on the discrepancy between the pre- and post-World War II theological imagination. In addition, Jaji received her MFA in Creative Writing from Northwestern University, and enjoys writing fiction in her spare time.
EMILY SCHUCK | PRODUCTION EDITOR
Emily is a second-year master’s student in English at Claremont Graduate University focusing on eighteenth-and nineteenth-century British literature. She subscribes to Carl Sandburg’s philosophy of poetry—that it is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits. She is a research assistant at Claremont McKenna College and amateur poetry reciter. When not avidly researching for classes or diligently promoting Foothill, she is likely curled up with a good book, a cat or two, and a cup of hot English tea.
SOPHIE SOPRANI | UNDERGRADUATE EDITOR
Sophie is currently pursuing her BA in English literature at Pomona College. Sophie is a writer and artist, particularly interested in Old and Middle English verse, as well as twentieth-century poetry. She considers her academic and artistic work to be necessarily intertwined, a process that has allowed her to work with fine-press printmaking and creative writing even as she engages in research and textual explication. Writers from Gerard Manley Hopkins and Rainer Maria Rilke to Hafiz and Anis Mojgani grace her shelves with regularity.
AMANDA KALLIS | UNDERGRADUATE EDITOR
Amanda is working towards a BA at Pomona College in Politics. She has diverse interests, minoring in English and Asian Studies, specializing in Japan and Japanese language. She is a writer, photographer, and a lover of science fiction.