While the Center for Applied Liberal Arts does not have the same kind of alumni network as the rest of New York University, that doesn’t mean it is nonexistent. Students continue to keep in touch, as is the case with two former students who took classes with professor Susan Hartman who shared their accomplishments.
Tracy Gates, a children’s book editor who took Hartman’s Feature Writing course, was recently admitted to the literary reportage program at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. She decided to make this career change after starting her own blog, Squeaky Feet, and falling in love with feature journalism, and we wish her the best of luck as she continues to pursue her goals.
Another alumna from Hartman’s Feature Writing course is Ximena Cebreros, a Mexican TV host and journalist. For her final writing assignment she worked on a personal essay about being forced to bind her breasts when she was playing the role of Annie. She worked on the piece further with Hartman after the course ended, and she recently had it published in Teen Vogue as “Unbinding My Breasts.”
For those interested in honing their own nonfiction writing skills, Susan Hartman’s Interviews and Profiles course, which is being offered this fall.