Clamantis: The MALS Journal

Clamantis: The MALS Journal  is a biannual publication for the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program at Dartmouth College. We showcase the strongest creative and analytical work produced by current MALS students, as well as MALS alumni.

"To chase down the truth, wherever it lies."

About Clamantis


We believe by selecting and integrating work from all four of the program's concentrations, we will promote intellectual engagement, fruitful questioning, and honest discourse within the realm of liberal studies.

We are currently accepting submissions in all MALS concentrations. We are looking for creative (short story, short non-fiction, poetry, photos) as well as analytical pieces. If you have any questions, comments, or are interested in writing a feature piece, please email [email protected]

Submission Guidelines

We are looking for anything you’ve produced during your time in MALS, or since graduating from the program (unless you are a budding photographer or artist—then please do also share your artwork from outside the program!)

  • Creative writing (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, oral history, screenwriting)
  • Critical essays (interdisciplinary)
  • Photography
  • Illustrations


  • Submit your documents in Word. No PDFs please.
  • Although there is no word-count limit, authors whose work is accepted may be asked to edit for length.
  • Photography: All photographs should be high-resolution (300 dpi) saved as a JPEG. Please include a title/caption.
  • We prefer endnotes. You may submit work for consideration with footnotes, but if accepted, we ask you make the change.
  • Work submitted must be completed during your time in MALS or since graduation.
  • All selected authors should provide a short bio within a week of acceptance in a separate Word document.
  • If you publish in Clamantis, you are allowed to publish your work elsewhere. Publication in Clamantis should not hinder your ability to publish the piece elsewhere.

Please submit to: [email protected]. Pieces will be reviewed and selected by an editorial board comprised of current MALS students with input from faculty liaison Anna Minardi.



MAISEA BAILEY is a New Hampshire native and holds a bachelor’s degree in art history, with a minor in Italian studies from the University of New Hampshire. Prior to coming to Dartmouth Maisea held positions at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA, and with the New Hampshire Art Association in Portsmouth, NH. Maisea is a second year MALS student concentrating in Cultural Studies and also serves as the Administrator for the MALS program at Dartmouth.

HALEY JOHNSTON is a second year MALS student on the Globalization track. Originally from Pennsylvania, she received a Bachelor’s in Global Studies with a minor in Spanish from Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. She is currently working on her passions through an Independent Study and Thesis in the field of immigration policy. When she is not buried in her coursework, Haley spends time working with the Allen House Community as a Resident Fellow and the Writing 2-3 Program as a Teaching Assistant.

KASEY STOREY is a second-year MALS student who is concentrating in creative writing. After growing up in Wyoming, she attended the University of Oregon where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in English. She enjoys helping foster an appreciation for reading and writing at Dartmouth as the President of the Dartmouth Writers Society and as a teaching assistant for the Writing 2-3 Program.
*Storey is also an author in this issue of Clamantis.

JIARUI SUN grew up in south-eastern China and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Chinese Language and Literature from Zhejiang University. In 2016 she joined MALS program to develop her interest in arts and cultures around the world, in which she discovered her passion in creative writing and culture studies. Up to now Jiarui has traveled to more than 25 countries and decides to take a break from the incessant traveling and dive into the world of art and literature. Currently, her main interest is to use different methods to explore the issues of language, cultural identity and diasporic experience in multi-lingual Anglophone authors.
*Sun is also an author in this issue of Clamantis.

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KEVIN WARSTADT grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. He studied film and literature at Georgia Tech where he earned his B.S. in Science, Technology, and Culture. While there, he directed the award nominated short film With a Whimper. He is now a MALS alum and works as Digital Program Specialist at the Dartmouth College Library. He manages and is a contributor to
*Warstadt is also an author in this issue of Clamantis.


KEN DAVIS is a writer and artist. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Virginia Tech in 1994, and was awarded the John Eure Award for Excellence in Journalism the same year. For many years he worked as a daily newspaper reporter and stringer for the Associated Press, doing freelance work on the side as an editorial illustrator for newspapers and magazines throughout the United States. His 2013 cover illustration for Sojourners magazine earned the prestigious Ozzie Award for Best Cover. Currently he is a MALS student at Dartmouth studying creative writing and world literature.
*Davis is also an author in this issue of Clamantis.


FERUZA “FIFI” AZIMOVA is in the Creative Writing concentration and is interested in learning about different cultures, ethnicities, and stories of social movements. Originally from Uzbekistan, she studied Political Science in Hawaii where her family lives.

GIZEM GENCEL is a second-year MALS student concentrating on cultural studies. Hailing from a small Aegean town of Turkey, she has been adrift across continents experiencing the beauty of the planet and its cultures. Her research interests include foreign language and intercultural education, as well as intercultural communication. She received her BS from Middle East Technical University in foreign language education and BA from SUNY New Paltz in Liberal Studies, concentrating on languages, literatures and cultures. When
she’s not working, she can be found somewhere under the sun with a book in her hand, or experimenting with foods in the kitchen.

STEPHEN P. HULL is an editor and book publisher with the University Press of New England at Dartmouth College, and a second-year student on the creative writing track in MALS.

MARGAUX NOVAK is a Dartmouth MALS graduate student concentrating in Creative Writing. She is originally from coastal North Carolina where she graduated from North Carolina State with a double-major in English Literature and International Studies, and with a minor in Technical Writing. Her poetry has been published internationally, recently in River River, Little Patuxent Review, Sanctuary, Boston Poetry Magazine, Ink Seed and Satul. Margaux is a recipient of the Guy Owen Award for Creative Writing, and the Dartmouth Frost Place Poetry Scholarship. She is also an avid photographer and traveler.
*Novak is also an author in this issue of Clamantis.

SYDNEY PALUCH is a Cultural Studies MALS student, in the Gender Studies field. Her research focuses on the political theory that shapes different aesthetic and performative entities in the modern world. Published work includes “The Ambiguity of Antony and Cleopatra: Interrupting Phallocentric Schemes of Objectification through the Mutual Gaze”, “White Walt: Deconstructing Racial Representation in Disney Princess Films”, “The Dimensions of Appearance”, and “Bend and Snap: Questioning Female Spectatorship Through Sexualized Representations of Female Lawyers”.

KHANG VU comes from Hanoi, Vietnam. He earned his B.A. in History and Political Studies with distinction from Colby-Sawyer College in 2017. His research at Dartmouth focuses on the Korean peninsula and U.S. East Asia policy. He has published in several foreign policy magazines and is currently a Graduate Peer Tutor at the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric. Khang is a firstyear MALS student concentrating in Globalization Studies. His lifetime goal is to travel to both North and South Korea through the Demilitarized Zone. Khang enjoys reading books and discussing East Asian political events. He is also a loyal fan of K-pop and Korean movies.

JAMES WASHINGTON, JR is a MALS – Creative Writing degree candidate and senior admissions office staff member since 2000. He can be found at his intellectual home, poetry, almost any day.

MATT ZACHOWSKI is a long-time executive in the public relations industry. Based in Manhattan, Matt’s current firm focuses mostly on financial and technology clients. In prior years he had an eclectic career as a financial marketing executive at a leading commodity exchange, a precious metals analyst at a large brokerage house, an associate at the ACLU charged with developing policies on First Amendment issues, and an associate editor for Chief Executive magazine. Matt holds a journalism degree from New York University. He entered the MALS program at Dartmouth in 2016 as a part-time student concentrating in creative writing.
*Zachowski is also an author in this issue of Clamantis.


Anna Minardi


KEVIN ANDERSON is currently studying in the MALS Creative Writingconcentration. He has an MA in English from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and resides in Creston, CA.

JENNIFER CAMPBELL CORMACK is an artist and writer from SouthCarolina. She holds a BS in Architecture from The Georgia Institute of Technology and a MALS degree, with a concentration in creative writing, from Dartmouth College. She teaches art and English to grades K-12.

THEA CALITRI-MARTIN is a Music Teacher, Jazz and Classical FrenchHorn player, Poet, living in the hills of Vermont. She graduated from the MALS program in 2016 and loves to be with family, sing, play and sit under the trees.

MORGAN HAMILTON is an assistant director at Dartmouth. A New Hampshire native, she has lived in the Upper Valley for seven years. She is currently on the MALS Globalization track, but has a keen interest in history, science, and popular culture. When she isn’t on campus, Morgan is probably playing roller derby or riding a horse.

AMIRA HAMOUDA was in the MALS program on a Fulbright scholarship from 2014 to 2016. During the program, she wrote her thesis, “Tunisia in my Mirror”, a collection of essays about her home country Tunisia. After graduation, Hamouda resumed a teaching position at the Preparatory Institute in Literary Studies and Humanities of Tunis. She is currently pursuing an MFA at the University of Pittsburgh.

BRIAN KLARMAN is a second year MALS student on the Cultural Studies track. His research is largely focused on questions of race and slavery within the United States. Klarman also works at Dartmouth as an Assistant Debate Coach.

BENJAMIN R. VONDERHEIDE is a husband to the brilliant Asunta F. Vonderheide and a father to two delightful daughters. He is an Active Duty Army Captain and a second year MALS student. He is a New England native who draws his inspiration from confessional poets like Marie Howe and Anne Sexton. This is the first time his poems have been shared in a publication.


Analisa Goodmann
Matt Hill
Amy Millios
Jabob R. Petroski