Authors and Artists

Fall 2018


For crossword and puzzle readers, Phil Morales ’72 has a fourth edition (LE3 Aerial Photography, 2018) of a book originally released in 1980. This new version turns the solution on its head. Instead of trying to solve an unsolved cube, the Quick Start section shows how a solved cube can be “unsolved” and then re-solved in three short steps. Armed with this knowledge, the reader can then solve the cube from any state.

Thomas Rayfiel ’80 sets his eighth novel (Permanent Press, 2018) in the voice and head of Ethan Harms, inmate of a “supermax” detention facility. As Ethan negotiates this perilous landscape, trying to find redemption, trying to understand the actions that brought him here, we begin to wonder how much of a difference there is between a prison of steel bars and razor tape and a prison erected by the nature of the human soul itself, the question being, in either instance, if one escapes … what lies beyond?

Mike Kleine ’11 produced this 100,000-word, computer-generated novel about a time-traveling manifestation of the Zodiac Killer for the small press Inside the Castle over a period of five days during the Castle Freak Residency in November 2017.

Sally Campbell Galman ’96 recently released a book, Naptime at the O.K. Corral — Shane’s Beginner’s Guide to Childhood Ethnography (Routledge, 2018). This illustrated guide will orient the reader to the fundamental challenges in doing ethnographic research with children. The book begins by briefly exploring the history of research on children, with children, for children, and “by” children. Throughout, it is about doing research with children rather than on them, highlighting their participant rather than object nature.

Deborah R. Weiner ’79 is co-author of On Middle Ground: A History of the Jews of Baltimore (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018). This comprehensive history of Baltimore’s Jewish community reveals how the city’s position between North and South profoundly shaped Jewish economic, social, and religious life. The book illuminates both Baltimore and its Jews, showing how each influenced the other.

Alan Goldfarb ’52 has published his third collection of poems, Opening Words: New and Selected Poems (Robertson Publishing, 2018).

During a summer spent on their grandparents’ farm, the brother and sister in this novel in verse collect eggs from the chicken coop, put on shows for city folks in passing trains, fill in for the farm dog by barking the cows home, and dance around the perfectly ripening watermelon growing in grandma’s garden. Rooster Summer (Groundwood, 2018) is based on the childhood of Robert Heidbreder ’69, an award-winning children’s poet and author. 

A mystery novel by Janet Poland ’68 was published in July by The Wild Rose Press. When reclusive reporter Miren Lassiter inherits her uncle’s cottage on the banks of the Delaware River, her carefully guarded world is upended. She discovers the body of a local historian hanging from an antique gallows in a museum and soon becomes a suspect in his murder. 

By Aaron Rothman ’96, Signal Noise (Radius Books, 2018) presents an open-ended meditation on our desire to connect with the natural world and the limits of our abilities to do so. Photographs altered with unconventional digital processing ask us to reflect on the nature of individual perceptual experience and the impact of our collective presence in the landscape. The images in Signal Noise are rooted in Rothman’s response to places familiar and meaningful to him, but his interest lies in the transformative rather than the documentary nature of photography. 


Ethan Kenvarg ’12 and Caleb Neubauer ’13 released their debut EP Locales in May. They’re part of Ooraloo, a five-piece art rock group from Chicago. The five-track collection was produced in collaboration with Adam Thein ’10 and Katie In ’13 and recorded in Grinnell at the home of Jon Edwards, senior associate director of admission.