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.



Justine M. Kohr is a freelance writer and a communications manager at Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business. She is on the creative writing track of the MALS Program. She has written for the Hartford Advocate, the Valley News, the Quechee Times, Here in Hanover magazine, Image magazine, Dartmouth Now, Tuck Today, and others.


Haley Johnston is a first year MALS student who is concentrating on globalization studies. She continues to hone her skills as a writer and editor through her work as a teaching assistant for an undergraduate writing course, and through her participation in the Dartmouth Writers Society. 


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 first-year MALS student concentrating in cultural studies. Maisea also serves as the admissions coordinator for the MALS program at Dartmouth.
*Bailey is also an author in this issue of Clamantis.

Priyanka Sivaramakrishnan was a professional corporate lawyer till she decided to write for and teach children. She worked as a storyteller and has published several books for young adults. She is now studying creative writing in the MALS program and works as a teaching assistant for the Writing 2-3 class. Her secret passion is cooking and dreams of opening a publishing house with a local bakery. She grew up in Chennai, India.

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 now studies writing and culture in the MALS Program and works as the digital program fellow at the Dartmouth College Library. He manages and is a contributor to
*Warstadt is also an author in this issue of Clamantis.


Lance Corporal MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ USMC (ret) is an illustrator, writer, and warrior. In 2003 Michael began his enlistment in the United States Marine Corps as a rifleman assigned to 1st Battalion 8th Marines. In 2004, Michael was deployed with 1/8 to Iraq as part of OIF II, and served in the Al-Anbar province of Iraq and the 2nd Battle for Fallujah as part of Operation Phantom Fury. For injuries received in combat Michael was awarded the Purple Heart, and later received the Navy Achievement Medal for his time as a Marine liaison at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth Virginia. After being retired from the Marines, Michael returned to the Upper Valley and attended Colby-Sawyer College where he received his bachelor’s degree. In 2011 he enrolled at Dartmouth as a graduate student in the MALS Globalization Studies program, where he became a founding member of the Dartmouth Graduate Veterans Association. In September of 2016, Michael completed his graduate thesis, The Nexus, a graphic novel exploring the meaning of energy security in an age of globalization and climate change. His work has recently been featured in When I Returned, a joint project between the Center for Cartoon Studies and VA Center White River Junction.


Patrick Bedard is a MALS Globalization Studies graduate student with an interest in political economy. He graduated from Hamilton College with a dual degree in public policy and communication. In addition to his graduate studies, Patrick works full time for the Dartmouth Office of Risk and Internal Controls on audits and consulting projects and is a member of the Dartmouth Graduate Student Council.

Gizem Gencel is a second-year MALS graduate student concentrating on cultural studies. Originally from a small Aegean town of Turkey she has been adrift in many countries experiencing the beauty of the planet and its cultures. Her research interests include language education, intercultural interactions and communication. She received her BS from Middle East Technical University in Educational Sciences and BA from SUNY New Paltz Liberal Studies with a concentration on Languages, Literatures and Cultures. When she’s not working, she can be found somewhere under the sunshine with a book or experimenting with foods in the kitchen.

Analisa Goodmann is a native of New Mexico and an alumna of the University of New Mexico where she studied political science and English. This is her first year in MALS. Her research interests include globalization, human rights, post-conflict societies, and transitional justice.
*Goodmann is also an author in this issue of Clamantis.

Radhika Moral is a native of India. Previously, she was a student of English Literature at the University of Delhi. She is pursuing the cultural studies track at MALS.

Margaux E. 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, with a minor in Technical Writing. Her poetry has been published internationally, recently in Sanctuary, Boston Poetry Magazine, Ink Seed, and Satul. She is a recipient of the Guy Owen Award for Creative Writing, and is an avid photographer and traveler.

Kaitlin Serota is a cultural studies concentration student and is interested in researching the various functions of art in culture. Originally from South Florida she graduated from the University of Illionis at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in art history and currently skates for the Dartmouth Figure Skating Team.

Kasey Storey is a first-year MALS student who plans on studying creative writing. She is from Cheyenne, Wyoming where she found her enjoyment writing about the spectacular landscapes. She graduated from the University of Oregon in 2015 with a BS in Sociology and a minor in English.
*Storey is also an author in this issue of Clamantis.

Jiarui Sun grew up in south-eastern China and earned her bachelor’s of arts degree in Chinese Language and Literature from Zhejiang University. In 2016 she joined the MALS program to develop her exploration in arts and cultures from all parts of the world, in which she discovered her passion in creative writing and cultural studies. Up to now Jiarui has traveled to more than 25 countries and decided to take a break from the incessant traveling and dive into the world of art and literature instead. Currently, her main interest is to study the ideas of nation and emigration of non-native English writers, especially contemporary Chinese American writers.
*Sun is also an author in this issue of Clamantis.

Emily R. Taylor is a MALS graduate student concentration in creative writing, and the current president of the Dartmouth Writers Society. Originally from New Jersey, she left the Shore behind to attend Trinity College Dublin, graduating with a dual-major in English literature and drama studies. She loves all things written, and considers translating Beowulf from the original Anglo-Saxon and performing as Juliet on the Samuel Beckett Stage as the highlights of her time overseas. These days, when she isn't busy writing her thesis, she enjoys knitting, skiing, and traveling the world on the hunt for the best chai latte ever brewed. 


Anna Minardi


Jennifer Campbell Cormack is an artist and writer from South Carolina. 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.

Mariah Farbotko is an assitant director in the Dean's Office at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, where she manages special projects, board activities, and alumni events. Prior to joining Tuck in 2014, she lived in Arlington, VA for five years where she worked for a non-profit association as a conference planner. Mariah graduated from Missouri State University summa cum laude with a BS in public relations in 2008. She is a part time student in the MALS program, currently in her second year of study.

Matthew Farbotko is the director of Analyst Services for Advancement at Dartmouth where he manages the delivery of fundraising metrics, predictive analytic insight, and data integrity for the undergraduate college and professional schools on campus. Prior to joining Dartmouth Advancement in 2014, he lived in Arlington, VA, developing system applications for the Federal government. Matt graduated from Harvard College in 2007 with a degree in Economics. He is a part-time MALS student finishing up his coursework this summer.

Ian Fitzgerald, MALS ‘94, is now a freelance tutor in English. He has received contracts from a wide range of clients including Solihull Council, Solihull College, and Stockland Green School. His poetry has been published in The Literateur and other journals.

Laura Jean Binkley Gilloux is a singer/songwriter/poet and part-time MALS student on the Creative Writing track. She received her B.A. in English from the University of Missouri before moving to Brooklyn where she lived and worked for five years honing her folk-rock style as she sang and played her guitar everywhere from the LIC Bar to the Bitter End. She currently resides with her husband and two-year-old son in Wilder, VT. The village serves as the backdrop for her creative writing thesis, a collection of poems called WILDER which delves into the wilderness of the domestic sphere especially relating to motherhood. She will graduate from the MALS program in June 2017.

Julie Goodrich originally hails from suburban Detroit and has lived in the Upper Valley for the past thirteen years. Definitively smitten with the rural, chicken and pig rearing, Brussel sprout growing, lifestyle that her now hometown of Lyme, NH affords, Julie remains steadfast in her affection and patriotism for the Motor City. Julie is on the general studies track within the MALS program.

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, Amira resumed a teaching position at the Preparatory Institute in Literary Studies and Humanities of Tunis. She is currently teaching writing and American history to undergraduate students and will be joining the MFA program at the University of Pittsburgh this fall.

Emily Hedges earned her MALS degree, creative writing track, this past November. While at Dartmouth, she served as co-editor of Clamantis: The MALS Journal and worked as a teaching assistant in Dartmouth's Writing 2-3 program. Currently, she teaches seventh grade English Language Arts in Winfield, Kansas. She plans to spend her summer break revising her thesis - a novel set during a county fair in rural Kansas - and opening the Walnut Valley Writing Center.

James Provencher, MALS ‘80, is currently Poet in Residence, Glenaeon School, Castle Crag, Sydney, Australia. In the past, Provencher worked as an army journalist, a teacher, a photographer, and as a poet in the Artist in the Schools program in the United States. He spent the last six years travelling and working on Mexican-American border in photography and poetry. These poems are drawn from a recently completed book-length manuscript titled, Borderline Elegies.

Kelley Rossier is completing her degree at Dartmouth this spring. She also holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts. In 2015, she was awarded a Fulbright Artist Grant and lived in Ljubljana, Slovenia for the 2015-2016 academic year working on a collection of lyric essays and prose poems. She traveled to the Czech Republic with the Slovenian Literary Council to participate in poetry events and to meet with Slovenian ambassador, Leon Marc, to promote international literary collaboration. Besides writing and advocating for the arts, Kelley is a single mom, who’s youngest child is about to graduate from high school this year.

Jovana Stojanova is a Macedonian native and holds a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science, with a minor in International Studies from Colby-Sawyer College. While at Colby-Sawyer, Jovana was involved with the Model United Nations Club, the Student Government Association and TEDxCSC, among other activities, and also spent a semester working in rural Nepal. She is a first-year MALS student concentrating in Globalization Studies. She also works as a Teaching Assistant for the Writing 2/3 classes and serves as President of the Dartmouth Graduate Consulting Group.


Jennifer Cormack
de guerre Nystad
Gizem Gencel
Kelley Rossier
Margaux E. Novak
Jabob R. Petroski