Undergraduate Alumni

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Zac Vineyard, BA (2005) 

Zac Vineyard received his bachelor’s degree in English and Philosophy from Idaho State University in 2005. Immediately after, he attended Eastern Washington University and graduated with his MFA in Creative Writing (poetry) in 2007. While at EWU, he became the managing editor for Willow Springs, an opportunity that let him meet writers like Marvin Bell and Stuart Dybek, among others. At the same time he pursued his passion for writing, he also became a self-taught web developer. After putting his first website online in 2004, he’s gone on to develop numerous websites and web applications. He’s currently the Director of Web Development at Northwest Nazarene University, a position he’s held since 2008. His professional time is devoted to the development and maintenance of www.nnu.edu, digital marketing strategy, app development, and other similar pursuits. In 2015, he graduated with his MBA from NNU and is now pursuing advancements in his career. He’s also working on his first book. Zac lives with his wife and twin daughters in Nampa, Idaho.

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Dantzel Cherry, BA (featured Fall 2015) 

Dantzel Cherry received her BA in English with a minor in Dance from ISU in 2011. Over the course of her education she earned certifications to teach yoga, Pilates mat, and Pilates equipment classes, and taught dance, yoga, and Pilates in Rigby, Idaho Falls, Pocatello, and Ketchum to students age 2 to 70 some-odd years. She also performed and choreographed for ISU Dance in Concert and Danson, the student dance club.

Dantzel always intended her career paths to include dance/movement and writing, and partway through her undergraduate studies she began her writing career in earnest. In 2010, Dantzel was accepted into Orson Scott Card's Literary Boot Camp. Since then, her short stories have been published in various science fiction and fantasy magazines, including Fireside, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and Galaxy's Edge (http://dantzelcherry.com/publications/).  Recently, her story "Miss Darcy's First Intergalactic Ballet Show" was reprinted in Funny Science Fiction, an anthology of the funniest science fiction in the last 10 years, and also appeared on the Tangent Online Recommended Reading List for 2015.  

Dantzel will be teaching her own writing class for the first time at the upcoming DFW Writers Conference. She also plans to begin actively seeking agent representation in the spring for her middle grade fantasy novel.  She currently lives in Fort Worth, Texas, with her husband and two year old daughter, and teaches Pilates and the occasional dance class in Fort Worth and College Station. She writes her short stories and novels during naptime and bedtime. She enjoys reading, baking, crafting, volunteering with her church's children's group, and taking the occasional dance class for herself.

 

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