After Macalester

What are English Alums involved in?

Spoken Word:


Button Poetry - Promoting and producing spoken word and slam poetry in the Twin Cities including some English majors and alums.

Alumni Poetry Slam Performances

Written Word:

Tempered Magazine - Tempered is an online arts magazine founded by Macalester College alums.

 Issue 01 December 2013/January 2014

Cloud City Press -  An independent chapbook press for Twin Cities authors including some English majors and alums.


  Grim by Anna Waggener '12

  Anything but Ordinary by Lara Avery '11

Past English majors include notable authors Tim O’Brien ’68, Charles Baxter ’69, and Mary Karr ’76.

Many English majors pursue careers in academia, teaching, publishing, marketing, law, non-profit administration, and social service.


Legacy Russell '08 is writer-artist-curator in NYC. Living Legacy article.

Kerry Alexander '12 is the Music Publicist for Afternoon Company in Minneapolis.

Keith Armstrong ’12 (Shorewood, Wis.) is a Fulbright scholar teaching English at the University of Colombia.

Will Dhonau ’12 (Fond du Lac, Wis.) is a junior coach with College Possible.

Marcus Fleming ’12 (Mankato, Minn.) is an English instructor for Taewha International School in South Korea.

Micah Fowler  ’12 (Ontario, Canada) is pursuing a master’s in children’s literature at Cambridge University.

Willie Gambucci '12 is pursuing acting in NYC.

Samantha Gupta ’12 (Wayland, Mass.) is pursuing a law degree at Harvard University.

Amanda Knopf '12 is a Literacy Program Developer through AmericorpVISTA at hallie Q. Brown Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Eliza Leahy '12 is a Communications Assistant with Clean Energy Resources Team in Minnesota.

Sarah Mintz '12 is working for Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshop through Americorps AVODAH in Washington, D.C.

Anna Waggener ’12 (Oklahoma City, Okla.) is an Administrative Assistant at Coffee House Press and  published author of Grim.

Matea Wasend ’12 (Denver, Colo.) works at Morphology Games with alumna Kate Ryan Reiling ’00.

Jana Wiegand '12 is an intern at Minnesota Children's Museum.

Natalie Owens-Pike ’11 (Minneapolis, Minn.) is teaching Spanish in the Mississippi Delta through Teach for America.

Sarah Ellerton ’10 (Suffield, Conn.) is an editorial assistant at Oxford University Press.

Emily Howland ’09 (San Francisco) is a community organizer for Amazon Watch in Tena, Ecuador.

Katherine Levy ’09 (New York) is an editorial assistant at Harper Collins in New York City.

Marina Duvall ’09 (Tucson, Ariz.) is teaching English in Korea.

Tim Lehman ’09 (Mechanicsville, Va.) is a communications specialist for National Wind in Minneapolis.

Rachel Bunkers-Harmes ’08 (Mankato, Minn.) is a development assistant at the University of California–Berkeley School of Law.

William Clarke ’07 (Somerville, N.J.) is pursuing a PhD in English literature at the University of Chicago.

Ellen Fogelman (Glenview, Ill.) ’05 is a legal analyst at Mayer Brown in Chicago.

Christina Houghton ’06 (New York) is an account executive at Resnicow Schroeder, a PR firm in New York City.

Dani Heinemeyer ’06 (Madison, S.D.) is a grants writer at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in Brooklyn, New York.

Adi Heller ’05 (Amherst, Mass.) is the senior city coordinator for Greenpeace in Boston.

Jennifer Foughner ’05 (Highland Park, Ill.) is assistant director of development at the Court Theatre in Chicago.

Simon Morrison’04 (Kingston, Jamaica) is a policy and communications manager for Google UK in London.

Carley Bomstad ’04 (Apple Valley, Minn.) is an associate editor at EMC Publishing in St. Paul.

Junita Gustafson Bognanni ’03 (Duluth, Minn.) is the marketing manager at Consortium Book Sales in Minneapolis.

Peter Bognanni ’01 (Des Moines, Iowa) published his first novel, The House of Tomorrow (Putnam) and teaches creative writing at Macalester.