Artists & Scholars

Winter 2017


Filmmaker Andrew Sherburne ’01’s latest documentary feature, Saving Brinton, premiered at the American Film Institute’s prestigious AFI DOCS film festival in June 2017. The film then debuted in September at the World’s Oldest Movie Theatre in Washington, Iowa, followed by nine screenings throughout Iowa and the heartland. Saving Brinton is the story of an eccentric Iowa collector who uncovered five hours of film from the early 1900s that once belonged to Frank Brinton, one of America’s most successful barnstorming, moving-picture exhibitors. In October the film premiered in Arkansas at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. Sherburne produced and co-directed the film. Watch the trailer at or visit the official website at

Peter (Cohon) Coyote ’64 narrated the Ken Burns PBS documentary The Vietnam War, a 10-part, 18-hour film series which immerses viewers in a 360-degree narrative, telling the story of Vietnam as it has never been told on film.


Dennis Maulsby ’64’s book of short stories, Free Fire Zone (2016, Prolific Press), received the silver medal award in the science fiction category at the 2017 Military Writers Society of America annual meeting in San Antonio in September. He has two haiku in the Fall 2017 issue of Mused: The BellaOnline Literary Review.

Emily Sahakian ’02, assistant professor of theatre and French at the University of Georgia, published Staging Creolization: Women’s Theater and Performance from the French Caribbean (University of Virginia Press, June 2017). In her book, Sahakian examines seven late-20th-century plays by French Caribbean women writers and theorizes creolization as a performance-based process.

Paula Forbes ’06 collected recipes from beloved Austin, Texas, restaurants for her cookbook, The Austin Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from Deep in the Heart of Texas. It will be published by Abrams in March 2018.

Molly Martindale ’64 started volunteering with the West Side Christian Parish in Chicago after graduating from Grinnell. In the fall of 1965 she became part of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Chicago Freedom Movement. Her description of some key actions by women on his staff constitutes Chapter 17, “Women in the Movement I: The Women of SCLC-WSCP Take Action,” in the book The Chicago Freedom Movement (University Press of Kentucky, 2016), edited by Mary Lou Finley, Bernard Lafayette Jr., James R. Ralph Jr., and Pam Smith.

Professional Publications

A personal essay by Peter Guthrie ’75 appeared in The Des Moines Register in September. The essay describes his arrival in Grinnell for his first year of college. Read the essay at

Justin Glanville ’97’s short story “Roller Coaster” was published in Kaleidoscope: Exploring the Disability through Literature and Fine Arts (No. 75, Summer/Fall 2017).

Fall 2017


Lee Running, associate professor of art, was one of five Iowa artists selected by a panel of Iowa arts professionals to be honored as an Iowa Arts Council fellow for the next year. Each fellow receives access to professional development opportunities, promotional support to enhance their careers, and a $10,000 grant to support new works. Running makes installations and sculptures inspired by natural phenomena, working with animal bones, paper, fabric, fur, raw pigments, and gold.


Rebeka Meyer Pourchot ’94 published this short book about a morning walk through a small Florida beach town, introducing readers to its people and places (CreateSpace, 2017). It includes photos from a single morning.