KEVIN RIEL | EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Kevin recently completed a masters in literature and creative writing at Claremont Graduate University, where he is now progressing through the PhD in English. His research, creative, and lifestyle interests revolve around twentieth-century American poetry, California history, and beach studies.
April is a doctoral student in English at CGU. She recently completed her MA in literature and writing studies from California State University, San Marcos. April is currently working as an academic mentor at Claremont McKenna College, a writing consultant in the Writing Center at CGU, and a freshman-comp instructor at Palomar College. Though she has been caught reciting the poetry of e.e. cummings and T.S. Eliot and/or pondering the human condition as it appears in Russian literature, her primary research focuses on American women poets and aesthetics.
Emily is a second-year master’s student in English at Claremont Graduate University focusing on eighteenth-and nineteenth-century British literature. She subscribes to Carl Sandburg’s philosophy of poetry—that it is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits. She is a research assistant at Claremont McKenna College and amateur poetry reciter. When not avidly researching for classes or diligently promoting Foothill, she is likely curled up with a good book, a cat or two, and a cup of hot English tea.
Brian is a third-year doctoral student at Claremont Graduate University whose main focus is poetry and poetics in the twentieth- and twenty-first-centuries. Brian works primarily on Irish, American, and Irish-American writers, but has a general interest in all good poetry. Brian’s studies have taken him all over the country, and beyond; to England and Ireland, where he plans to return every summer until he dies. His bedside table generally has Cummings, Mary Oliver, Eavan Boland, and Seamus Heaney on it—and the latest edition of Foothill. He’s also a photographer of some moderate skill.
KELSEY KIMMEL | DESIGN EDITOR
Kelsey is a recent graduate from the University of Redlands, where she received a BA in graphic design. She is pursuing an MFA at Claremont Graduate University. Her work incorporates digital photographs and drawings, and is inspired by the complexities and haphazardness of daily life. In her free time, you’ll find Kelsey playing soccer, dog-sitting (in hopes of soon getting her own), or enjoying the California sunshine at the beach, either with friends or with a good book.
Jaji is a second-year, dual-degree student at Claremont Graduate University, working toward her PhD in English with a focus on twentieth-century American literature, and her MA in Religion with a focus on women in religion. Her research explores the function of literature in religion, as well as religion’s influences on literature and women’s lives, particularly concentrating on the discrepancy between the pre- and post-World War II theological imagination. In addition, Jaji received her MFA in Creative Writing from Northwestern University, and enjoys writing fiction in her spare time.
Peter Lane is a master’s student in English at Claremont Graduate University. He focuses his studies on Shakespeare and John Milton but loves poetry in all of its different manifestations. He is also an improv comedian and a dancer with a deep interest in Eastern Mysticism. When he is not dancing, studying, or trying to be funny, he writes poetry of his own.
Clarissa recently completed her MA in literature and creative writing from Claremont Graduate University and is now enrolled at University of California, Riverside, where she is pursuing a PhD in English. As a Los Angeles native, there are diverse cultural influences that impact her academic and creative works as a poet. Her current research is focused on twentieth-century literature of the Americas, translation theory, visual-to-literary art movements, and New Formalism in an interdisciplinary context.
Joel recently graduated with an MA in English from Claremont Graduate University with an emphasis in modern and contemporary literature. In the fall and spring he will be researching the British Romantic poets at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. His interests include modernism, trauma studies, and American poetry.
Sophie is currently pursuing her BA in English literature at Pomona College. Sophie is a writer and artist, currently writing her thesis on the 12th century poet, Marie de France. She considers her academic and artistic work to be necessarily intertwined, a process that has allowed her to work with fine-press printmaking,painting, web design and creative writing even as she engages in research and textual explication. Favorite creatives include Sylvia Plath and Rainer Maria Rilke.
Amanda is pursuing a BA at Pomona College in Politics with a minor in Asian Studies. Based in LA, Amanda also enjoys travel, having spent time in Japan studying Japanese, Buddhism, and island village culture. Her favorite writers include Margaret Atwood and Anne Carson–but you can also find her deep in science fiction titles. She is a poet and a photographer; for a portfolio of her work, visit www.amandakallis.com.
Shayna is pursuing her BA in English at Pomona College. She enjoys photography and a variety of poetry and prose, but lately, she’s been crazy about Tony Hoagland’s work. If she’s not reading or writing, she’s probably taking a nap in the sun.
Kenton is pursuing a BA in philosophy and English literature at Pomona College. He currently has too many interests, and is not yet focused enough to consider himself wedded to a particular focus. He reads and writes daily.
SCOTT KNEECE | ASSOCIATE EDITOR
Scott studies twentieth-century British and American poetry, as well as literary theory, aesthetics, and painting. As a graduate student and striving poet himself, he remains excited by the particularly forum a journal such as Foothill offers young and emerging voices in the world of poetry. Scott recently received his masters in literature and creative writing from Claremont Graduate University and is now enrolled at University of California, San Barbara, where he is pursuing a PhD in English.
TYLER REEB | ASSOCIATE EDITOR
Tyler came to Claremont Graduate University in 2006 to pursue doctoral studies in English after nearly a decade-long career as a journalist/editor who researched and wrote about topics ranging from next-generation telecommunications and aerospace technologies, to politics and urban planning, to arts and culture. He is currently writing his dissertation, “A Philosophy of Narrative Synthesis: Uniting 21st Century Scholars Through Narrative,” which explains his fascination with narrative poetry.
RACHEL TIE | ASSOCIATE EDITOR
Rachel Tie is a doctoral student in English (ABD) at Claremont Graduate University. Her work focuses on the relationship between science and literature in the age of quantum mechanics. When she’s not researching string theory and particle/wave duality, Rachel can most likely be found strolling Claremont in an endless pursuit of hot coffee with her dog, Bean. For an awesome poem showing the impact of science on the literary imagination, check out poet Kim Addonizio’s “Quantum.”
Brendan received his masters in literature and creative writing from Claremont Graduate University in 2010. His day job includes social networking and serving as managing editor of CGU’s magazine, the Flame. Brendan ascribes to Norman Mailer’s theory that novels are a marriage, short stories are an affair, and poems are one-night stands; as such, poetry provides a unique thrill.