Shahzad Ismaily ‘88 Shahzad Ismaily ‘88 paid tribute to late the music legend Lou Reed at a concert at Manhattan’s Bowery Electric. Shahzad shared the stage with members of The Vaccines, Patti Smith Band guitarist Lenny Kaye, and rockers Hollis Brown, performing the Velvet Underground’s 1970 record, Loaded..

Martin Dosh ’89 The Chronogram article “The DOSH Dishes Out Experimental Sounds” spotlights the music of Martin Dosh ’89 and includes video of “DOSH weaving sounds in this 2012 radio session”.

James Krellenstein ‘08 Faces of AIDS 2013: James Krellenstein ‘08 & Mathew Rodriguez, activists with ACT UP New York, share their impassioned views of the AIDS crisis and how it affects young gay men today.

Daisy Eagan ‘96 Daisy Eagan ‘96 is at again. The Broadway Buzz highlights Daisy's adult-themed, laugh-filled play Reindeer in the article Shares a Santa Scandal.

Adam Bartos '70 "Yard Sale" by Adam Bartos '70 has been shortlisted for Prix Pictect. “The award aims to uncover outstanding photography applied to confront the most pressing social and environmental challenges of today.” The winner will be announced in May 2014 in London.

Jan Staller The New York Times Magazine published alum Jan Staller’s newest work in the “Look” section of the magazine. Check out the virtual portfolio at the New York Times website.

Lane Filler ’87 Newsday’s Lane Filler ’87 and Ross Clark of The Times and The Spectator are the co-winners of Reason Foundation’s 2013 Bastiat Prize. The award honors the writing that best demonstrates the importance of individual liberty and free markets -- with originality, wit, and eloquence.

Jessica Nutik Zitter The New York Times "Well" blog published “They Call Me ‘Dr. Kevorkian” by Berkshire Writing Workshop (BWW) alum Jessica Nutik Zitter. Jessica first started blogging during her summer session at the BWW.

November1, 2013

Ronan Farrow ’99 Ronan Farrow ’99 will have his own talk show on MSNBC beginning in January, 2014. Since MSNBC announced the news, Ronan’s been profiled in numerous publications, including the New York Times, New York Post, and USA Today.

Prof Peter FilkinsProf Peter Filkins has two new works out. His translation of Bernd Stiegler's Traveling in Place: A History of Armchair Travel, was just released from the University of Chicago Press. He also edited and introduced Nach der Befreiung, a collection of H.G. Adler's essays (in German) out from Konstanz University Press. The essays – some being published for the first time – cover subjects as diverse as Hitler's personality, the trial of Adolf Eichmann, the sociology of the concentrations camps, and the dynamics of modern bureaucratic states.

The Wall Street Journal reports Alison Bechdel's (’77) "Fun Home Gets Musical Treatment”. The graphic novel made it to the stage after years of trial and error and 'genteel but ferocious' creative disagreements!

The New York Times business section features an interview with Upworthy founders Eli Pariser ’96 and Peter Koechley, who share a few tricks of the trade on creating viral content.

Applied Research in Acoustics LLC announced that Tom Meyer ’07 joined the company as a software engineer. Tom completed a dual degree in the 3-2 program, graduating with a BS in applied mathematics from Columbia University and a BA in mathematics and computer science from Simon’s Rock.

CityPages reports that Martin Dosh ‘89 and former Fog band members have reunited as Cloak Ox and are preparing for a national tour.

David Ernst ’10 joined his brother and another partner at the service startup urBin Storage a year ago as Chief Technology Officer. With a handful of employees and help from friends, the company officially opened for business in May 2013. A stream of positive reviews from area residents is fueling growth.

October 1, 2013

Not Your Mother's MeatloafSaiya Miller ‘05 is on the road this fall to promote her new book, “Not Your Mother’s Meatloaf : A Sex Education Comic Book.” Saiya and her co-editor, Liza Bley, have collected comics by different artists that explore sex and sexuality in chapters like “Firsts,” “Bodies,” “Health,” and “Age.” The duo gave a reading last week at Mount Holyoke College and will be heading to the west coast in October. See where she’ll be reading: "Not Your Mother's Meatloaf".

Sophie Clark ‘ reports that Upworthy, a social news site co-founded by Eli Pariser ‘96, just got an $8 million vote of confidence from Spark Capital. Forbes calls the company a “progressive” site that “thinks about news as much in terms of technology as it does in terms of stories,” with a focus on creating tools to promote community engagement.

Sophie Clark ‘07Mike Doughty ‘86, frontman for the band 1990s band Soul Coughing, has a new album out called Circles Super Bon Bon. In an interview last week with NPR, Doughty described the new compilation as a way to revisit the songs he first recorded with Soul Coughing – and bring them closer to his own creative vision.

OnceEstell Bajou '98 hits the road October 1 for a year-long journey with the first Broadway Tour of the Tony-winning musical ONCE. Estelle is understudying the roles of Reza and Ex-Girlfriend. 

Sophie Clark ‘07The Spokesman-Review reported that 21-year-old Sophie Clark ‘07 has started medical school at Washington State University Spokane. Sophie, a Targeted Rural and Underserved Track (TRUST) Scholar, has also been accepted in University of Washington’s WWAMI, a doctor training program encompassing five Western states – Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. Congrats to Sophie.

The New England Poetry ClubThe New England Poetry Club named Prof. Peter Filkins’ recent book of poems, The View We're Granted, co-winner of the Sheila Motton Award for the best book of poems published in the last two years! Peter shares the award with Jane Springer for her collection, Murder Ballad

Newsday In a recent Newsday article, Lane Filler ’87 wonders: Did J.D. Salinger let Holden Caulfield grow up? And will anyone still care?

Ploughshares Ploughshares Literary Magazine featured Prof. Brendan Mathews in the blog "Writing Lessons," where writing students—and now instructors—share lessons learned and the challenges of studying writing. 

PBS NewsHourGraphic artists Aurel and Molly (Howitt) de St Andre ’96 of Moho Designs talk to NPR NewsHour correspondent Paul Solman about the local customers—using BerkShares—who help Moho Designs to survive. Watch the Making Sen$e segment “The Art of Local Currency: Keeping Small Beautiful.”

September 1, 2013

Yahoo TVCongratulations to alumna Margaret Dunlap '95 on her success with the Emmy winning The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (LBD). Margaret has served as co-executive producer, consulting producer, writer, and director on the series which just won the Creative Arts Emmy for Original Interactive Program.

Meg Hutchinson ’95 just released her new music video Only Just Begun. The song is part of her new album Beyond That, due out September 24th. The video was shot entirely in the far northern town of Grand Marais, MN by resident cinematographer Stephan Hoglund, whose sensibility and the surrounding landscape spoke to the world she wanted to create for the album. 

Public TheatreFun Home, the new musical based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel '77, has its world premiere this fall at the Public Theatre in NYC.  The “fresh, daring new musical” runs Sept. 30 through Nov. 3. 

Shakespeare & CompanyShakespeare & Company, with Simon’s Rock, brings William Coe Bigelow’s Leap Year to the stage. Through this new collaboration, young artists studying theater have the opportunity to “experience a professional Acting Company in residence as they create a new work.” Read more about the world premiere of Leap Year (Aug. 23 – Sept. 1, 2013) in

Vanity Fair International Best DressedWe’re used to seeing Rockers on lists, but this may be a first. Ronan Farrow ’99 is breaking new ground: The Washington Post reports that Ronan made the Vanity Fair International Best Dressed list. Congrats to Ronan!

TheCelebrityCafe.comJohn William Schiffbauer’s (’01) recent limited run play 'Hamlet' Off Broadway received an impressive 4.5 out 5 stars from John’s new take on the classic  may have taken the audience off guard (hint, actors in modern clothing and sporting iPhones), but didn’t fail to deliver.

Hollywood ReporterFargo fans are rejoicing. From the Hollywood Reporter: Billy Bob Thornton to Star in FX's 'Fargo' Adaptation (Exclusive). Fargo creators Joel ’71 and Ethan ’74 Coen are on board to exec produce a 10 episode limited series based on their 1996 film. The new show is expected to premiere spring 2014.

Huffington PostBrian Conley '96 created the media company Small World News in 2005 to help ‎citizen journalists tell their stories. Now he's launching an app that helps individual citizens tell their own stories without the interpretation of reporters. Read his incredible story on Huffington Post.

Boston GlobeSara Katzoff ’97, Timothy Ryan Olson ’95, and Peter Wise garnered press all summer long for the Berkshire Fringe’s varied line up. In July, the Boston Globe reported Fringe festival shakes up Berkshires theater.

The Florida State University Alumni Association named Natalie Binder ’01 to their second annual Thirty Under Thirty list. Natalie, who received her BA and MLIS from FSU, and the other honorees were selected for extraordinary contributions to their professions, communities, or alma mater.

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  • Guest - Marthe Young

    Reading this reminded me how little has changed since my days at the Rock, and how much has indeed changed. My graduation was 38 years ago and seems like yesterday.

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