Artists & Scholars

Summer 2016

Jeremy Hill ’98 argues that country music has found such expansive success because its songs and its people have forcefully addressed social and cultural issues as well as geographic change. In Country Comes to Town: The Music Industry and the Transformation of Nashville (University of Massachusetts Press, 2015), Hill demonstrates how the genre and its fans developed a flexible idea of “country,” beyond their rural roots, and how this flexibility allowed fans and music to “come to town” to move into and within urban spaces, while retaining a country “character.” 

Susan Sink ’86 has published her third book of poetry, H is for Harry (North Star Press, 2016), a tightly woven collection of poems on a variety of subjects, including divorce and remarriage, the role of language and literature in life, and the ways in which language contributes to identity. 

Kat Jarvis ’09, Erik Jarvis ’12, Katie In ’13, Caleb Neubauer ’13, Justin Carter, and Phill Smith make up The Plain Mosaic, a band/music collective, which is releasing an album, Heartland Shakedown, this summer. Watch a video teaser. They recorded most of the album over two weekends in an Omaha, Neb., basement studio.


Julie Gard ’95 published her first full-length book of prose poetry, Home Studies (New River Press, 2015), winner of the 2013 Many Voices Project Prize at New Rivers Press. Themes in the book include LGBT parenting, long-term partnership, surviving a hate crime, and international adoption.

Matthew Brennan ’77 has a new book of poems, One Life (Lamar University Press, 2016). He has previously published four books of poems and two chapbooks. He is professor of English at Indiana State University.

Nelson Ogbuagu ’16, an economics major, won the 2016 Associated Colleges of the Midwest Nick Adams Short Story Contest and earned a $1,000 prize. His story, “Playing It Safe,” was selected from 32 submissions. Grace Lloyd ’16, an English and theatre double major, won an honorable mention for her story, “Crush.”

Did a grizzly bear kill Melody Applegate? Or was it something else stalking the remote edge of Yellowstone National Park? Kathleen Snow ’65 reveals the secrets in her new mystery novel, Searching for Bear Eyes: A Yellowstone Park Mystery (University of Montana Press, 2016). 

Melissa Musick Nussbaum ’74 and her daughter, Anna Keating, bring new light to traditions that have been lost through the years and reveal how Catholics can keep the spirit of Sunday in every day with their book, The Catholic Catalogue: A Field Guide to the Daily Acts That Make Up a Catholic Life (Penguin Random House, 2016).

Mike Kleine ’11 published his first play, a one-act titled The Mystery of the Seventeen Pilot Fish with Plays Inverse, 2016. He also released his third book, Kanley Stubrick (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2016), a character study.


Susan Coop Street ’64 opened a new art gallery, The HQ Gallery in the Arsenal, in her hometown of Benicia, Calif., in early May. Works from 18 artists, including herself, will be shown regularly. The gallery is a place where artists who may not have another venue to show their art can exhibit their works. It’s also a place where more established talent like Nikki Basch-Davis and Lee Wilder Snider will exhibit.