Category Archives: Alumni Author

Gorka Murga ’02

GorkaThird year of medical school. A time when a student can know nothing and everything at the same time. Meet Schrödinger’s student.

Morning report. Second day in the hospital, my first day attending morning report. As I come in, I take a moment to figure out where to sit. A resident walks past me and mumbles “students sit in the back”. I sit in the back. I am soon joined by my peers. A fellow student with vastly more experience than I (he has been at the hospital for a week) gives me the rundown. The seating is arranged based on medical expertise. The attendings sit at the head of the room. Senior residents sit closest to them, followed by residents and then interns. Then two poorly watered ficus plants. Then medical students. We share the back of the room with some dusty JAMA issues from past decades. I pick up a couple of volumes and place them in the chair in front of me. I know my place. Read more.

Spagnola ’10 Produces “Collaboration”

As a portion of his senior thesis, Hampshire College senior Jack Spagnola ’10 has produced Collaboration, a comedic play about a couple, both of whom are writers.

The wife, Melissa, has just received news that her worldwide bestselling novel is now being made into a movie, and she is ecstatic. When Stew, her struggling screenwriter husband, hears that his pilot will not be getting picked up by HBO, he is devastated. Collaboration is a new comedy that explores what happens when you keep a little too much from your spouse, and tell a little too much to someone who may not exist.

Mr. Spagnola’s play will run from January 24 to 26 and January 30 to February 1. Click here to learn more and for the entire 2013-14 Hampshire College Theatre season schedule. Tickets are available online here.

Miller ’85 Creates Collaboration in “To Abstract:”

The cover of Ms. Miller and Mr. Doehring's book.
The cover of Ms. Miller and Mr. Doehring’s book.

Sarah “Sally” Miller ’85 and Jack Doehring have published To Abstract: a book of Mr. Doehring’s poetry complimented by Ms. Miller’s multimedia artwork.

In an email, Ms. Miller described the publication as “a multimedia visual art book with zen-like poetry to teach art appreciation, particularly how to look at abstract art.”

According to her press release, To Abstract: was also a strong collaboration between the poet and artist.

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Jennifer duBois ’02 Visits Local Bookstore


Next Monday, November 25, at 7:00 p.m., Jennifer duBois ’02 will present her newest novel, Cartwheel,  at Broadside Books on Main Street in Northampton, MA. Published by Random House, Cartwheel depicts the murder of a study abroad student in Buenos Aires.

Read a review of the novel by the New York Times here.

Cummings ’62 Publishes Breast Cancer Memoir

Last week Susan Cummings ’62 talked with the Daily Hampshire Gazette about her memoir, “Adventures of a One-Breasted Woman: Reclaiming My Moxie After Cancer.”

In the interview Cummings commented that she could not find any literature on life post-treatment and that was when she began to write.

“I hope people see that they can get their confidence and joie de vivre back,” said Cummings in response to what she hoped people would gain from reading her memoir.

“When something bad happens in life, you have to trust in life that good things happen as well as bad,” she said.  “Grace happens.”

Cummings, who has recently relocated from New York City to Bernardston, Mass., says she wrote her book, “in the spirit of helping other women find their own way through cancer – not to offer pat solutions or didactic advice.”


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