Dr. Janet Dewart Bell ’74, ’15 (Antioch Maryland, BA and GSLC, PhD) Founder of LEAD Intergenerational Solutions, has been recognized as a recipient of the 2022 France Perkins Intelligence and Courage Award. Additionally, her work was featured in the book Taught By Women, Poems as Resistance Language, New and Selected (Third World Press, 2020) and most recently presented she “Lighting the Fires of Freedom: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement and Beyond” for the City of Mountain View Library.
Grace Estle ‘15 (Midwest, BA Creative Writing) published Chandler the Crocodile, a picture book that empowers toddlers and early readers to embrace what makes them special: their differences. The book spreads self-love and acceptance while celebrating diversity. “As an Asian American, I recognize the importance of cherishing diversity and embracing uniqueness,” said Estle. “If I can empower one child to overcome adversity, then I can celebrate one victory for humanity.” Estle will be discussing the book themes in an upcoming worldwide podcast called, Reading with Your Kids. To learn more visit graceestle.com.
Melissa Meszaros ‘12 (Antioch Los Angeles, MFA in Creative Writing) had her memoir Heavy Metal Headbang published by Oil on Water Press on March 3, 2022. A writer and comics industry publicist, Meszaros’s memoir offers an inspirational first-hand account of what it was like to live through a life-changing brain injury and how she fought to find herself again. On her way to a Judas Priest concert, the accident happens. The traumatic brain injury Meszaros sustains changes everything; her life is turned upside down. Her steady job as a Hollywood publicist and her trusted friends and colleagues are called into
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