Apple & Quill: Jane Springer and Kina Viola

Hamilton College's Burke Library presents Apple & Quill: Creative Arts at Burke, an innovative series focusing on creative writing, music, and the visual arts. With support from Hamilton's Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi) and Audiovisual Services, the series is recorded and archived for future teaching and research opportunities. The fall 2013 lineup showcased creative writing by Hamilton's own faculty and students.

December 11, 2013
Featuring: Jane Springer, Assistant Professor of English, and Kina Viola, class of 2014, along with open mic participants.

Jane Springer, assistant professor of English, received her Ph.D. in creative writing from Florida State University. Her first book, Dear Blackbird, won the Agha Shahid Ali prize for poetry (University of Utah Press, 2007). Other honors she's received include Pushcart nominations, an AWP Intro Award, a “best emerging writer” award from the CLMP, and the Robert Penn Warren prize for poetry. She is a current recipient for an NEA fellowship and you may read more about her on the NEA’s “Writer’s Corner” at: Her academic interests include Southern literature, contemporary poetry, and poetics.

Kina Viola hails from White Plains, New York and can't wait to get out of the suburbs. This past summer, she received an Emerson Grant to study and write about infinity with Assistant Professor of Philosophy Russell Marcus. She is interested in hybrid forms, book arts, sustainable agriculture, wine, and good stories. Kina also edits Hamilton's literary magazine, Red Weather.


Viola, Kina – 1:52
Ha, Lauren – 17:30
Intro to Creative Writing Class (Jules Gibbs): Munger, David; Moriarty, Thomas; Strauss, Liza; Ughetta, Elizabeth; Cieplicki, Kate; Martin, Andrew – 18:50
Rufo, John – 24:30
Thickstun, Margie – 27:45
Guttman, Naomi – 30:07
Williams, Jay – 31:35

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Lisa Forrest, MLS

Lisa Forrest, MLS

Director of Research and Instruction Services at Burke Library, Hamilton College

Lisa A. Forrest, Director of Research and Instruction Services at Hamilton College, received her M.L.S. from the University at Buffalo. She is the recipient of the Excellence in Library Service Award from the Western New York Library Resources Council (2008) and a fellow of the Western New York Library Resources Council’s Leadership Institute (2009) and the Educause Leading Change Institute (2014). Lisa's scholarly writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including American Libraries, A Leadership Primer for New Librarians (Neal-Schuman Publishers), Journal of Library Innovation, Thinking Outside the Book (McFarland), Urban Library Journal, Writing and Publishing: The Librarians Handbook (ALA Editions), and Job Stress and the Librarian (McFarland).

Her academic interests include the use of innovative technologies in library instruction, library leadership, and creative marketing and outreach. Lisa's creative writing has been featured in ArtVoice, Buffalo NewsDamn the Caesarseco-poetics, elimaefoursquareThe Great Lakes ReviewHot Metal BridgeKadar KoliWordWrights, and Yellow Edenwald Field. Other honors received include Pushcart nominations, the “Best of Buffalo: Best Poet” award (ArtVoice, 2011), and the National Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRINDI) Award for her radio commentary And So This is Christmas. Lisa's first collection of poems, To the Eaves (2008) is available from BlazeVox Books.

Kristin L. Strohmeyer

Reference and Outreach Librarian, Hamilton College

Kristin L. Strohmeyer is a Reference and Outreach Librarian at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. Kristin is the departmental liaison for many humanities departments and history, providing instruction and research assistance to those faculty and students. She is also a member of the HILLgroup, and is actively involved in New Faculty and New Student Orientation. She currently serves on the ALA Library Instruction Roundtable Steering Committee, and is past-president of the Eastern New York Chapter of ACRL. Kristin received her B.A. in English Literature and Medieval History from Potsdam College in New York, and her M.S. in Library Science from Simmons College in Boston.