Sweet Briar's English department boats an active and supportive network of successful alumnae. Some recent graduates include
Katherine Beach (2009)
Katherine Beach graduated in May 2009 with an honors degree in English and Creative Writing, a business minor, and an equine studies certificate with a concentration in teaching and schooling. She spent part of her summer in 2008 doing research and writing for Anguilla Life, a travel and lifestyle magazine in the British West Indies. Kate is currently the copy editor and secretary for the Sweet Briar student newspaper The Voice, the treasurer for the college literary magazine Red Clay, and the publications chair for the Student Relations Committee. During the 2006-2007 academic year, Kate studied abroad at the University of St. Andrews and as a result of one of her classes there is now pursuing an honors thesis on the subject of travel writing during her last year at Sweet Briar. One of her poems won the 2008 Jean Taylor Meyer Memorial Poetry Prize.
Carina Finn (2010)
Carina Finn was an English & Creative Writing major with a minor in Anthropology. In 2008-9, she served as Managing and Layout Editor for The Voice, the Sweet Briar student newspaper, and served as a contributing writer and critic for the paper. She also worked on the staff of Red Clay, the college's literary magazine. As a participant in both the Music and Theatre departments, Carina performed in nearly a dozen productions. She is currently an MFA student at the University of Notre Dame.
Katy Johnstone (2010)
Katy Johnstone graduated with a double major in English &Creative Writing and in Anthropology. In 2008-9, she was the Editor-in-Chief of The Voice, Sweet Briar's student newspaper, and also served as the Managing Editor of the literary magazine Red Clay. During the summer of 2008, Katy worked as an editorial intern for Style Weekly, a Richmond, Virginia-based newspaper with an emphasis on arts and culture. She is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta and Sigma Tau Delta, was a Commonwealth Scholar, and worked as a writing tutor in the Academic Resource Center. Katy was also very active within the Theatre department at Sweet Briar, having been a regular leading actress in campus productions.