Alumni Tell the Archon Why They Write
Posted 08/02/2016 02:25PM


"Writing…was my passport to the world,” says journalist Mark Starr ’65, who recently retired after 40 years in the news business where he covered everything from police beats and presidential campaigns, to rock and roll and the Boston Red Sox. Boston Globe reporter Perry Eaton ’08, who spends his days unearthing forgotten bits of history and investigating subjects he might otherwise overlook, sees writing an act of discovery that allows him to “open new doors on old topics.” Colby College Professor G. Calvin Mackenzie ’63, an author with more than 15 books to his credit, writes to “create something that wasn’t there the day before,” yet still views the blank computer screen as his “constant antagonist.” Food & Wine writer Annie Quigley ’10 employs the written word as a way of bringing order to chaos, “wrangling the endless noise of the world into something simple and clean on a page.” And poet Brittany Perham ’99, author of The Curiosities and The Night Could Go in Either Direction, writes to slip the bonds of the everyday world, empowering her alternate ‘superhero mind,’ the one that “isn’t afraid to speak. The one that is capable. The one that is sure. The one that will get things done...” 

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Learn more about G. Calvin Mackenzie ‘63 and his published works.

Visit Food & Wine writer Annie Quigley ‘10 website here.

Read Brittany Perham ‘99 poems here, here, and here.

Visit reporter Perry Eaton ’08 page and read his award-winning blog here

Read articles written by longtime reporter and Newsweek journalist Mark Starr ’65.

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