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CREATIVE THOUGHT For the love of language


aniel Kraines ’10 says Skidmore opened his eyes and ears to the power and music

of poetry. Literature courses introduced him to great poets, while composition classes awakened his own poetic voice, which he continues to refine through graduate studies. At Skidmore, Kraines took an opportunity to

study W. B. Yeats in Ireland. And he augmented his studies by serving as a student assistant for Salmagundi, the renowned humanities journal led by Skidmore En - glish professor Bob Boyers. In fact, he says, Skid more was ideal for a bud- ding poet. “It’s a very small community, and I knew all the poets there.” He adds, “Now I have a mas- ter’s in poetry,

and when you’re out here in the world, you real- ize how anonymous you are.” Nevertheless, Kraines remains undaunted in

pursuit of his muse. He earned his MFA last year from Boston University, where he studied with former US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky. Kraines had worked with Pinsky at Skidmore, where the legendary poet is a frequent faculty member in the New York State Summer Writers Institute. Kraines's program at BU focused on the craft of writing but also gave him his first opportunity to teach, something he’s eager to continue. “It was great to see students who didn’t necessarily like poetry take a real interest in it. By the middle of the course, it was clear to me that what they were writing was important to them.” Now he’s at New York University, earning a self-designed master’s in humanities and social thought. Look - ing ahead to doctoral studies, Kraines envisions a future in which he’ll always write but teaching will be his livelihood. In that pursuit, he hopes to imitate his mentors

in Saratoga Springs. He says, “I think Skidmore must have one of the best English departments in the country.” —Jim Akin ’84

at Caroline Street School, and Je rome runs his own business, Nimble Nano. Alex Shapiro is an associate producer

of MLB Tonight, which won a 2011 Sports Emmy in the “outstanding daily studio show” category. The MLB Network’s sig- nature baseball-news show since 2009, it beat out bigger shows such as ESPN’s SportsCenter. Alex had been working on the show for almost two years. Formerly he was a production assistant for MTV News (and logged plenty of hours as a staff member of SkidTV and WSPN-FM). MEREDITH FREED 6 PARKVIEW ROAD HAMDEN, CT 06514-2920 FREED.MEREDITH@GMAIL.COM


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Suxin Cheah, as volunteer secretary for United World Colleges’ Singapore Na - tional Committee, helps organize com- mittee activities, including outreach and selection of UWC scholars. Suxin teaches English full-time in grades 1–6 at the Learning Lab in Singapore while pursuing small acting roles in film. She passed through Saratoga last summer on a trip across the US. She says she “fell in love with California” and plans to return to the states. We extend condolences to the family

of Matthew Helterline, who died in Sep - tem ber. Matt was a well-known surfer on his native Block Island; more than 100 fellow surfers participated in a sunset paddle-out that day to honor his memory. KELLY GENOIS KGENOIS@GMAIL.COM

Daniel Vidali and Arielle Lands berg co- founded graphic- and Web-design agency Tone Creative in Sara toga Springs. The company specializes in helping small businesses and community organizations achieve “effective brand expression” through market analysis, creative design, and eco-friendly printing solutions. Daniel is creative director, and Arielle heads up the design department. Recent clients include Capital Accent, Saratoga Health and Wellness, Slow Food Saratoga, and Black Dog Re cording Studio. Elizabeth Blair is pursuing a joint mas-


ter’s in public policy and women’s and gender studies at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Justice. Last year Sarah Sears traveled to Am - man, Jordan, to study Sharia law and comparative legal traditions at Columbia


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University’s Middle East Research Center. Back home in Washington, DC, she is in her second year at Georgetown Law. Ridgewood, Queens, resident Danny

Tejada ( helps low-income residents enroll in pub- lic health insurance at a senior center in Brooklyn and mentors youth through a program that had helped him in high school. Danny also teaches an activism class in Pace University’s Upward Bound program, co-leads a youth ministry at his church, and is a part-time foster parent to his sister. In his free time, he studies the history of activism, poverty, and classism in American life. His essays on these sub- jects are at PoliticalStateOfMind.word- and - David Steinberger completed a master’s

in environmental studies from Antioch University New England. He is an admin- istrative assistant at his uncle’s environ- mental engineering firm in Port Jervis, NY, and lives just across the state border in Milford, PA. Bryan Nielsen and Chelsie Cushman

were married in Silver Bay, NY, on Octo - ber 8. They were delighted to have the wedding close to Saratoga Springs, a town they will always consider home. The cou- ple lives in Atlanta, GA, where Chelsie is in a PhD program in neuroscience and animal behavior at Emory and Bryan is a Web developer for Trio Media Group. SHANNON HASSETT SHANNON.HASSETT@GMAIL.COM


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Cara Bonnington received a master’s in intercultural communication from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010. She is now outreach coordinator for Penn’s international programs, managing an internship program and helping to host foreign delegations visiting campus. Keith Petri recently launched iGotta - Guide, which connects tourists visiting NYC with professional and amateur local tour guides, to give visitors an insider’s view of the city. Tours include storied Greenwich Village music sites and sam- plings of the best NYC bakeries, or cus- tom excursions can be arranged, includ- ing individualized junkets with a photog- rapher. After beta-testing the concept in NYC, Keith has expanded it to Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. Tech - Zulu and Tnooz have cited iGotta Guide, and the New York Times noted its “off-the- beaten-path itineraries and reasonable price point.”



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