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Who We Are

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Joshua Calhoun

Co-Director & Co-Founder

Joshua Calhoun is an Associate Professor of English at the UW-Madison who specializes in Shakespeare, 16th- and 17th-century poetry, and the history of media. As a Faculty Affiliate at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, he also teaches courses in the environmental humanities. In his teaching and research, he gets to explore three things he loves (and thinks everyone else should love, too): Shakespeare, old books, and nature. His work has appeared in Adirondack LifeEnvironmental PhilosophyOutside MagazinePMLA, and Shakespeare Studiesand he recently published The Nature of the Page: Poetry, Papermaking, and Ecology in Renaissance England (UPenn Press, 2020).  @awayandback 

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Sarah Marty

Co-Director & Co-Founder

Sarah Marty is Co-Director of the Bolz Center for Arts Administration in the Wisconsin School of Business, Program Director for the Madison Early Music Festival, a Faculty Affiliate at UW Division of the Arts, and Producing Artistic Director for Four Seasons Theatre. As a producer she enjoys collaborating with campus and community partners, whether working with the Director of the Marching Band for the UW Varsity Band Show or welcoming the Dalai Lama to the Overture Center for the Arts. A trained musician and stage manager, she recently recorded a Swissconsin album of accordion music with her grandmother, a project that was featured in Wisconsin Public Television's Wisconsin Life.

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Chris Cañete Rodriguez Kelly

Assistant Director

Chris Cañete Rodriguez Kelly is a PhD candidate in Literary Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Previously working in fields such as critical indigenous studies and critical game studies, Chris’s current interests include folklore, peripheral realism, and armed struggle in the Philippines, particularly throughout the twentieth century. Chris has published an article on the murder of Honduran indigenous activist Berta Cáceres in the University of Minnesota’s Hispanic Issues and has more recently published a paper on videogames and time in ASAP/Journal. From 2021 to this year they were affiliated with the University of the Philippines-Diliman and Ateneo de Manila University as a Fulbright-Hays fellow.

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Editorial Assistant

Marek Makowski is a PhD candidate in Literary Studies at UW-Madison. He studies how experiments in contemporary literature respond to global crisis, and he leads writing collaborations for the Office of Sustainability. His writing has appeared in venues such as The New Republic, Public Books, LA Review of Books, Hyperallergic, World Literature Today, and The Chicago Tribune.

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Papermaker and Collaborative Art Specialist

Itinerant imagist, community collaborator, and educator Robert Possehl is best known for his place-based papermaking projects such as the Black Hawk Paper Trail Project, a body of work that gives voice to the landscapes’ memory through fibers harvested from significant sites along the 700-mile trail. Since 2014, Possehl has collaborated with Calhoun on various educational projects focused on giving students hands-on lessons in the history of papermaking. Possehl has an MFA in book and paper arts from Columbia College and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Van Camp

Project and Podcast Consultant

Thom Van Camp is a PhD candidate in Literary Studies at UW-Madison. His research takes a presentist approach to 19th century British romanticism and its entanglements with abolition, reading romantic poetry alongside current work in Black Studies. Thom also served as the previous Holding History Assistant Director.


Past & Present Student Curators

Rosie Brezynksi

Computer Science

(Graduated 2019)

Julia Buskirk

Conservation Biology &

Creative Writing

Kaydian Campbell

MA in Information Studies & English Literary Studies (Graduated 2018)

Jenna Contreras

Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence Education (Graduated 2018)

Adam DeDobbelaere

Philosophy & Economics

Stuart Deets

Art History, History, & English (Graduated 2018)

Allie Dunham

History & History of Science  

(Graduated 2019)

Keith Gabler

PhD Student, English

Alicia Lawson

Anthropology & History

Marek Makowski

PhD Student, English

Max Mindorff

Political Science & Communication Arts

Matthew Noojin

PhD Student, Information School

Shawna Rivedal

Molecular Biology & Creative Writing (Graduated 2019)

Patrick Rosenberg

International Studies and East Asian Studies (Graduated Dec 2015)

Tricia Siy


Laura Schmidt

PhD Student, Information School

Alex Smith

Biology  (Graduated 2018)

Kaylee Sorrells

Evolutionary Biology & Spanish

John Spoerl

Math and Astrophysics (Graduated 2018)

Katy Tyllo

English (Graduated 2019)

Tegan Vail

English (Graduated 2016)

Ilango Villoth

English (Graduated 2019)

Eliza Weisberg

African American Studies & English (Graduated 2017)

Ellen Wieland

Majoring in Statistics with a certificate in Studio Design (3D-Design)

Anna Heinen

Art & Environmental Studies

Ryan Hussey

English/Creative Writing and Pre-Med (Graduated 2016)

Ethan Kay

Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, English, Astronomy-Physics, & Political Science (Graduated 2016)

Sam Landowski

Political Science (Graduated 2019)

Student Curator Updates

How HH Alums are Carrying the Bookish Conversations Beyond the Borders of the University & the State

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Tricia Siy

Student Curator 2019-2020

Majoring in Microbiology with a certificate in Global Health

I am finishing up my third year working with the Medical Entomology Laboratory on campus as a researcher of tick-borne and mosquito-borne pathogens. Over the past few months, I have been working on two publications for my work pertaining to the ecology of tick-borne pathogens. During my final year as an undergraduate, I will be preparing for the MCAT, writing essays, applying to medical schools, figuring out what I want to pursue during my gap year, and hopefully reconnecting with people who have impacted me during my time at UW-Madison.

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