Recent Graduates

Catherine Ahearn‘s dissertation (Ph.D., May, 2017) is an edition of “Cruiskeen Lawn,” a column written in the Irish Times by Myles na gCopaleen from 1940 to 1966. She currently works as the PubPub Community Manager at the MIT Press, is a managing editor for the Journal of Design and Science, and is the lead copy editor for Studies in Arts and Humanities. In the past she has worked in publishing and creative communications at Picador, the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, the New England Review, and Eric Mower & Associates. Ahearn also holds a BA in Literary Studies from Middlebury College.

Alp Atabay holds a B.A. degree in Visual Communication & Design and an M.A. degree in Media Management. He is the co-founder and creative director of a media production house. He is interested in the history and culture of common seamen in the Age of Sail. His dissertation is a critical edition of a manuscript journal volume (1847-1848) with historical introduction and commentary on the ship-board journal-keeping practices of antebellum American sailors.

Chelsea Bingham holds a B.A. in English and Religion from Boston University. She received her Master’s from the Editorial Institute at Boston University for researching, compiling, and annotating a selection of letters between author Joan Aiken and her agent, Charles Schlessiger. Her doctoral work focuses on the poetry of Stevie Smith.

Nora Delaney works in the writing program at MIT and is a Dutch-English translator. She is working on a doctoral monograph about poets’ self-commentary, looking particularly at how poets–including the Welsh writer David Jones and others–annotate their work in various ways.

Nicole DePolo‘s doctoral dissertation (Ph.D., January 2017) is both a monograph on Norman Mailer’s Ancient Evenings, and an edition of one chapter of that novel, “The Book of the Gods,” paired with captions and images culled from Mailer’s research on ancient Egyptian history, customs, and artifacts. She holds a B.F.A. in illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Wilkes University, and has served as editorial staff, writer, graphic designer, and illustrator for a variety of publications. From 2006-2009, she was Production Editor for Etruscan Press, and in 2007 began her career as faculty in English and graphic design, a position she currently holds at Fisher College in Boston. A 2012 summer scholar at the Norman Mailer Center, her work is published in the Fall 2012 volume of The Mailer Review.

Mandy Gagel completed scholarly editions of the poetry of Amy Levy (1861-1889) and the letters of Vernon Lee (1856-1935) while earning her Masters and PhD at the Editorial Institute between 2004 and 2008. After graduating, she accepted a three-year position as Associate Editor of the Papers of Frederick Law Olmsted, based at the University of Virginia, editing volume 8 of the 12-volume documentary edition. In 2011, Ms. Gagel moved to Chicago to pursue a Masters degree in Digital Humanities at Loyola University in order to learn how to make digital editions. While there she is finishing work, remotely, on volume 8 of the Olmsted Papers and leading the planning for digitizing the series. While at Loyola, she is also digitizing her dissertation, Selected Letters of Vernon Lee (1856-1935) and seeking print publication for it as well.

Silvia Glick (A.B. Government, Smith College; M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School; J.D., Boston University School of Law) is associate managing editor of the Journal of Interreligious Studies, published by Boston University and Hebrew College; and  associate director and managing editor of the Howard Thurman Papers Project at Boston University School of Theology. Her doctoral dissertation is an annotated edition of the correspondence of librarian and social activist Fanny Goldstein (1888-1961), based on papers held at the American Jewish Archives and the Special Collections of the Boston Public Library. She serves as treasurer for the Association for Documentary Editing.

Ateeb Gul holds a Bachelor of Science (honors) degree from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan, majoring in Social Sciences. Having worked in editorial capacities in Pakistan’s journalism sector as well as in academic institutions, he developed an interest in editing, copy-editing, and literary editing along the way. He was Assistant Features Editor at The Friday Times (a Pakistani English-language weekly paper) and Administrative Editor of Bunyard: A Journal of Urdu Studies at LUMS. His dissertation at the Editorial Institute is tentatively titled “An edited, annotated, and referenced edition of M.M. Sharif’s Muslim Thought.” The aim of the dissertation is to prepare an edition of the aforementioned work that can simultaneously be used as a reference work for students in the field (Islamic intellectual history) as well as act as a short introduction to the field for non-specialist readers. He received his MA in May of 2013 and currently works as an editor at Oxford University Press, Pakistan.

Jeffrey Gutierrez holds advanced degrees from Drew University and Boston College. His doctoral dissertation is a critical edition of William Carlos Williams’ letters to modernist journals and publishers. The letters, mostly unpublished, will be provided with contextual and textual notes, restoring material previously censored or otherwise omitted. He has published in Essays in Criticism and Notes and Queries.

Albert LaFarge has run an independent literary agency in Boston since 2003. He is the editor of The Essential William H. Whyte (Fordham University Press, 2000) and, with Robert Coles, Minding the Store: Great Writing about Business, from Tolstoy to Now (New Press, 2008). He is the translator (from French) of Arabia Felix from the Time of the Queen of Sheba: Eighth Century B.C. to First Century A.D., by Jean-Francois Breton (University of Notre Dame Press, 2000). He has taught editing at Harvard Extension School and is on the faculty of the writing program at Harvard Medical School. He was adjunct instructor in the Writing Center at Boston University Academy, a private preparatory school affiliated with BU, in 2010-11. His dissertation, an annotated edition of correspondence and commentary entitled A fine and Growing Art: Norman Mailer, William Styron, and James Jones in Conversation, is a record of intertwined friendship and criticism among three American novelists.

Louisa Mandarino graduated with a PhD from the Editorial Institute in 2010. While at the institute, she translated from Italian and annotated the 1947 travel journal of the prominent anti-Fascist historian Gaetano Salvemini. After graduating, in cooperation with the Italian Consulate of Boston, she lived in Northern Italy and continued work on her edition of the journal. She now works for Oxford University Press in Manhattan.

Mary McCleary has a background in music and literature. Her doctoral dissertation at the Editorial Institute was a monograph examining the Shakespearean libretti of Giuseppe Verdi, examining the libretti from literary, musicological, and historical perspectives. The research includes information gathered from visits to the American Institute for Verdi Studies in New York and the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.

James O’Brien is a news and features correspondent for The Boston Glove and Boston University’s Research Magazine. He blogs for numerous clients on topics that include: film, social media, technology, marketing, business, and design. His poetry and fiction have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, and he is a Writing Fellow at the St. Botolph Club in Boston.

Christopher M. Ohge received his BA in Philosophy and English from Boise State University, his MA in English from Boston University, and his PhD from the Editorial Institute. He specializes in 19th and 20th century literature and textual studies, focusing on New England Transcendentalism, Herman Melville, Mark Twain, modernism, and electronic editing. His dissertation on the writer-composer-traveler Paul Bowles (1910-1999) is a life-and-letters edition of his early career. Ohge is also a contributing scholar to Melville’s Marginalia Online and the Melville Electronic Library. After graduating from the Institute, he received a postdoctoral fellowship in digital humanities at the University of Maine. He is now an Associate Editor at the Mark Twain Papers and Project at the University of California, Berkeley.”

Anna (Anya) Razumnya holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. Her translations of Russian poetry and prose have appeared in Pusteblume, Chtenia–a literary supplement to the Russian Life magazine–and in other publications. Her fiction has been published in Opium magazine under a pseudonym. Anya grew up in Moscow and immigrated to the United States in 1996. She is working on a doctoral dissertation based on the papers of Osip Mandelstam (1891-1938) in the collection of Princeton University’s Firestone Library. She received her PhD in May of 2013.

Stetson Robinson (Ph.D., January 2017) holds a B.A. in Linguistics, with a minor in Editing from Brigham Young University. His professional background is in scholarly publishing and technical writing. For his doctoral project he has created an edition of the correspondence (ca. 1890-1913) between Charles S. Peirce and the Open Court Publishing Company.

Jillian Saucier holds a BA in German from Georgetown and an MFA in Poetry from Boston University. She translates from German and her dissertation is an annotated selection of poems by Ernst Jandl and Friedericke Mayrocker in English and German.

Don Share is Senior Editor of Poetry magazine. His books include Squandermania (Salt Publishing), Union (Zoo Press), Seneca in English (Penguin Classics), and most recently a new book of poems, Wishbone (Black Sparrow), and Bunting’s Persia (Flood Editions), which explores the British poet Basil Bunting’s time in the Middle East; Share has also edited a critical edition of Bunting’s work for Faber and Faber, which began as his dissertation for the Editorial Institute. His translations of Miguel Hernandez, collected in I Have Lots of Heart (Bloodaxe Books) were awarded the Times Literary Supplement Translation Prize, and will appear in a revised edition from New York Review of Books Classics. He has been Poetry Editor of Harvard Review and Partisan REview, Editor of Literary Imagination, and curator of poetry at Harvard University. With Christian Wiman, he co-hosts the monthly Poetry magazine podcast and has co-edited The Open Door: One Hundred Poems, One Hundred Years of Poetry Magazine (University of Chicago Press).

Shawn Worthington graduated cum laude from Boston University in 2011 with a BA in English and a minor in Film Studies. There he received the M. Jean Kerns Prize for Excellence in English and the CAS Alumni Association Award for Writing Excellence. His thesis at the Editorial Institute is titled Voiced Variants in Bob Dylan’s Live Lyrics. The study focuses on the many ways Bob Dylan changes the words in his songs when he sings to a live audience. He received his MA in May of 2013.

Mary Erica Zimmer (B.A. summa cum laude, Literature and Classical Studies, The University Professors, Boston University; M.A.T. English Education, Boston University; M.Litt., Mediaeval English, University of St. Andrews; A.M. Humanities, University of Chicago) taught for five years in the English Department of Louisiana State University; served as editorial assistant to Joining Music with Reason: 34 Poets, British and American, Oxford 2004-2009, chosen by Christopher Ricks (Waywiser Press, 2010); and is a freelance technical writer, editor, and researcher. A Trustee Scholar, Bradley Fellow, and member of Phi Beta Kappa through her work at Boston University, she was also a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Her doctoral dissertation will serve as a companion to selected works of Geoffrey Hill.