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Catherine Shepard Bloomer

 

Education

2016-2021 (expected) PhD, Columbia University. Italian Literature. Helen and Howard R. Marraro named fellowship (2018-19).

2019 Master of Philosophy, Columbia University. Disability and the Middle Ages: Theory and History of “Eccentric Bodies.”; Seeing the Body, the Soul, Gender, and Text in Dante; Writing from Venice—Writing from the Cloister.

2018 Master of Arts, Columbia University. Italian Literature.

2014-2016 Master of Fine Arts, The New School. Creative Writing: Fiction. GPA: 4.0. Thesis advisor: Helen Schulman.

2009-2013 Bachelor of Arts, Barnard College at Columbia University. English (Creative Writing) and Italian Literature. Cum Laude. Dean’s List (2009-2013). Speranza Italian Prize for excellence in Italian (2013). Lenore Marshall Barnard Prize for Poetry (2013).


Work Experience

September 2017-Present. Teaching Fellow, Columbia UniversityTaught Elementary I and II and Intermediate I and II Italian language courses. 

May 2020-Present. Associate Director, WriteOn. Training MFA candidates as instructors and providing creative writing classes to underserved communities. 

September 2019-May 2020. Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Director, WriteOn. Non-Profit teaching creative writing to underserved communities. 

May 2017-August 2019. Research & Publications Director, WriteOn. Directed teachers in a pedagogy seminar. Organized final readings and produced invitations and programs.

May 2016-May 2017 Advisory Board,WriteOn. Interviewed potential Fellows and provided consultation.

January 2016-May 2016 Fellow, WriteOn. Pioneered and taught a creative writing curriculum with middle grade boys at the George Jackson Academy.

August 2015-May 2016. Research Assistant, The New School. Produced weekly research reports on various topics for the Fiction Chair of the Creative Writing Program.

August 2015-December 2015. Teaching Assistant, The New School. Taught a weekly Discussion Section for 25 students. Created lesson plans and assignments. Graded papers. Lectured on texts including The Odyssey, Aeneid, Genesis, New Testament, and Inferno.

August 2014-November 2014. Assistant/Intern, National Book Foundation. Reviewed, expanded, and updated the press list and contact lists as well as the invitation lists for the National Book Awards, the 5 Under 35 party, and private events. Prepared for the Teen Press Conference. Organized the caterer and reception, distributed books to schools, and supervised the setup of the event. Attended and assisted with the National Book Awards Week events, including 5 Under 35, Teen Press Conference, Finalist Reading, and the National Book Awards Dinner, Ceremony, and after-party.

June 2012-December 2012. Intern, American Academy in Rome. Researched and tracked the success of grant proposals. Prepared documents detailing historical relationship with several important non-profit organizations. Experience working with Raiser’s Edge. Retrieved and preserved digitally significant archived documents. Created media contact database enhancing public relations and communications efforts.

September 2010-December 2010. Editorial Intern, Alfred A. Knopf, publisher. Read and critiqued e-book submissions working under the direction of the senior editor. Read submissions and wrote reader’s reports and rejection letters.

January 2010-July 2010. Editorial Intern, Random House. Evaluated submissions. Ensured accuracy of historical fiction. Organized and attended editorial meetings. Composed Reader’s Questions and Responses for upcoming books.