Alumnae in the News

Debut album by Ches Smith, MFA ’02, is “beautifully atmospheric”

Recruited to study at Mills by percussionist and faculty member William Winant, Smith “became an essential part of the Bay Area’s improv scene.”

San Francisco Chronicle, February 3, 2016

Janice De Jesus, MFA ’08, to release second trilogy novel

A lifelong prolific writer and reader, De Jesus had already launched into writing Not Just Another Pretty Face when her first book in the series was released., February 1, 2016

Documentary by Hibbert-Jones and Talisman up for Oscar

Described by The New York Times as “the most idiosyncratic and moving documentary” among the list of Oscar-nominated shorts, Last Days of Freedom by Dee Hibbert-Jones, MFA ’01, and Nomi Talisman, MFA ’03, uses animated visuals to tell the story of a traumatized black US war veteran who was executed for murder.

The New York Times, January 28, 2016

Sarah Herda ’95 gives a boost to Chicago’s architectural scene

Since becoming the first woman director of Chicago’s Graham Foundation, Herda has expanded public appreciation of new architectural design through grant-making programs and exhibitions, including the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial in 2015.

Metropolis, January 2016

Avant-garde composer Fred Lonberg-Holm, MA ’91, expounds on his craft

Those who want to make “freaky funky freedom music,” urges the master cellist, should “go to an old-school classical teacher, learn what you can, and then unlearn as much of it as possible.”

The Pulse, January 27, 2016

Award-winning poet Dorianne Wiens Laux ’89 on the importance of writing communities

A professor at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, Laux reflects on the nurturing charm of the South, her advice to MFA students, and the local writers she has met since moving to Raleigh.

INDY Week, January 21, 2016

Ava Mendoza ’06 details her journey from “trad to rad”

The avant-garde guitarist talks about her beginnings in classical music and her transformative influences, including her experience studying at Mills.

PremierGuitar, January 7, 2016

Nathalie Huerta, MBA ’12, is “no anchor baby”

The second of her parents’ 10 children to be born in the United States, Huerta has met challenges head on, from coming out to her traditional Catholic, Mexican family to launching and expanding her own business, which provides personal gym training to the LGBTQ community.

CNN Money, December 4, 2015

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