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Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Christen Faubel interview with Shakina Nayfack
Lauren received a B.A. in English from the University of Alabama in 2012 and an M.A. in Liberal Studies from UNC Wilmington in May 2014. After graduation from UNCW, she took her Netflix addiction and her beagle, Lucy, to Atlanta where she works in the Honors Program at Georgia Tech. She continues to obsess about the relationship between pop culture and society and spends a lot of time balancing her relationships with fictional characters from various mediums.
Ashley Elizabeth Hudson is from Athens, Alabama. She was awarded the Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art poetry prize. Her poems appear in Six Little Things, the Southeast Review, and The Fairy Tale Review among others. She is co-founder of Palaver, UNCW’s interdisciplinary academic and creative journal, for which she serves as Editor-in-Chief.
Maria Squitieri is a New York native. Inspired by her high school Journalism/English teacher, Chaim Rosov, Maria continued to write. After a twenty-eight year hiatus from school, she returned to Cape Fear Community College where she won first place in short story fiction with her short story, “The Legacy.” She continued on to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing with a double minor in English and Journalism. She continued on and received her second Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She is currently working on her Master’s in Liberal Studies at UNCW in hopes that the combination of creative writing and social work will help her bring awareness to the social injustices that plague the community and abroad.
Ashley Padgett moved to the Wilmington area six years ago after more than a decade of rambling from place to place between the plains of central Ohio and the foothills of Appalachia. Having a keen interest in the human condition, she has studied the sciences of Anthropology at EKU in Richmond, KY, and at Wilmington’s own UNCW where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in May 2016. Her semi-nomadic lifestyle and studies in the human sciences have given her a broad range of insight into the human condition, which she seeks to employ in everything she does. Ashley lives in a small apartment by the ocean with her husband, two grey cats, and a plethora of fish and frogs.
Tieanna Burton-Sharp is a Detroit native, currently completing her M.A. in Liberal Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies Post-Baccalaureate Certificate at UNCW. She received her B.A. in English from Alabama State University. Her academic interests include Africana studies, dystopian literature, contemporary women writers, queer studies, slave narratives, and feminist memoirs. Her professional background is as a full-time graduate student, cat mom, and military spouse; however, her future interests range from non-profit advocacy, to publishing and editorial work, to teaching at the university level. Ultimately, she wants to start her own publishing house. Her hobbies include reading, writing, cooking, binge watching Netflix series, gardening, and home décor.
Michael Ripoll is originally from New York, and relocated to the Charlotte, NC area 10 years ago. Michael retired from the NYC Fire Department and teaches curriculum at Central Piedmont CC in their Fire Protection Technology program. He is pursuing a long awaited desire to earn his master’s degree. He is at the midway point in his GLS studies, and is looking forward to the day he earns his graduate degree. Michael has been married for 25 years and has four wonderful children. He is an avid runner and enjoys participating in 5K races in his community.
Georgia Ezzell is a native Wilmingtonian. She has lived in Asheville and Charlotte, as well. After graduating from UNC-Charlotte with a BA in English, she returned to Wilmington in 2000. Being a Jill of all trades, she worked in a library, a kennel, a law office, and most recently for the Wilmington Police Department. Married to a saint, she currently resides near Monkey Junction with her two dogs and a cat. After 17 years away from academia, she entered the GLS program to work on her Master’s Degree. In her spare time she enjoys painting, being a civics nerd, and singing along (poorly) to music.
Austin L. Scott is a workforce development professional who greatly delights in reading, writing, eating cultural foods, and traveling internationally.