Apple & Quill: Catherine Luciani and Amber Torres

Apple & Quill's spring 2014 lineup showcased creative writers from the Hamilton College community.
Featuring: Catherine Lucciani of the class of 2015, and Amber Torres, of the class of 2016, along with open mic participants.

Catherine Luciani is a member of the Hamilton College class of 2015: a Theatre major with supporting Creative Writing and Japanese minors. Last semester she studied abroad at the London Dramatic Academy training and studying various acting methods and plays. On campus she contributes to the Green Apple publication, co-leads React to Film, hosts her own radio show on WHCL and will be performing in this semester's mainstage play "A Dream Play". She is a deep lover of all the arts, poetry, chocolate, coffee, dogs, summer, or if it's not summer: the cozy, warm feeling that comes with Christmas, a good quote, and all of her family and friends. She is very excited to be here to share a bit of her soul with you all and thankful for everyone's support, energy, and good vibes.

As a communication scholar, Amber Torres knows all too well about the subjectivity of symbolic language, therefore her poetry engages more than words and their literal definitions. Amber’s juxtaposition and delivery of words delights the listener as she fluctuates the speed, length and stress of each phrase. She explores social and global issues through personal narratives and educates her audience by easing the responsibility of deciphering dense metaphors. Influenced by the music of neo soul group Floetry, the musicality of her messages allows the listener to think less and feel more, a skill she fears has been lost in the age of political correctness. Amber Torres is now a junior studying Communication and Art History at Hamilton College. She intends to remain an advocate for the arts after college.

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.

Alex Rihm

Research & First Year Experience Librarian, Hamilton College

Alex Rihm serves Hamilton's first year students and the faculty who teach them in her work as Research and First Year Experience Librarian; she also provides support to the Hispanic Studies and Latin American Studies departments. Her professional interests include information literacy instruction and assessment.  Alex holds her MLIS from the University of Washington in Seattle and BA degrees in International Affairs and Hispanic Studies from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR.