Aaron Kilgore graduated from Hillsdale College with a B.A. in Classical Studies, and from the University of Michigan with a Master's degree in Library and Information Science. He currently works as a librarian, acquiring and preserving the intellectual fruits of civilization. His interests revolve primarily around storytelling, fiction, and language.
Alexandra enjoys natural law theory, Jane Austen, Debussy, and battles of wit.
Alisa Ruddell is an associate editor and staff writer for Christ and Pop Culture. She is a homeschooling mother of four who lives in Charlottesville, VA with her husband Steve. She loves classic literature, reading aloud to her children on the couch, listening to theology podcasts, and watching science fiction movies.
Andrea is a Wisconsin native currently living and working as a legal assistant in Northern Virginia. She majored in English at Hillsdale College, so she often reads novels in her free time; but, if she's not reading the Great Books, then she is probably reading theology. She recently converted to the Catholic faith after a year-long deep dive into Patristics, and she is writing to share some of what she has learned through her studies.
Andrew Koperski is a master's student at Ohio University where he studies ancient and medieval history. He takes particular interest in issues concerning Christianity, politics, and culture--both in the past and in the present. When he's not reading, he enjoys weightlifting, basketball, fishing, and otherwise spending time with his wife, Caroline.
Anna was born and raised in Northwest Indiana. After earning her English degree from Wheaton College, she had a stint teaching American Literature at a private high school. She currently lives in Chicago.
Antonio Ivan Beley is a certified member of the World Youth Alliance with a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from the University of Asia and the Pacific. His exposure to the different pillars of the Humanities through activities and discussions on culture, socio-political issues, art, history, literature, theology and philosophy from his academic classes and attending seminars at The Morningside Institute gave him the desire to share these with others through writing and active participation in WYA's advocacy of promoting and defending human dignity while contributing to the betterment of the lives of his fellow Filipinos. During his free time, you will find him writing, reading a book, spending time with his friends, playing the guitar, or singing.
Bino Socrates is a John Jay fellow from the Spring 2018 class, with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Santo Tomas. Attending a seminar at the Witherspoon Institute inspired him to learn more from the West about religion in the public sphere, especially as he considers pursuing a career in academia. He aims to contribute towards bridging the gap between the secular outlook of some of his country's intellectual leaders and the deep-seated orientation towards Christian values of the majority of Filipino people.
Cameron Hughes grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and studied Church Music at Carson-Newman University in East Tennessee. She currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she works in campus ministry at UC Berkeley. Cameron enjoys reading, music, and making as many things as possible from scratch in the kitchen.
Caroline Newman is a writer and marketer living in Charlottesville, VA. She is a proud Anglophile, a huge college football fan, and she loves being with family and friends, traveling to new places, and finding new writing topics.
Claudia Rodriguez is an ardent lover of people, who loves hosting and connecting them with one another. She has over 100 books and lives to share them with her friends. She is fascinated by the beauty of the human person made in the image and likeness of God, teaches 6th grade, and is passionate about the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education.
Dabney Baldridge studied English and Classical Education at Grove City College. She lives in Maryland with her husband, Austin, and their two sons. She loves reading bedtime stories, building forts, and going on adventures to the park.
Dan Gainor is a veteran editor and writer known for media criticism and has been published in numerous outlets including Fox News, The Washington Times, New York Post and USA Today. Gainor is a former sci-fi/fantasy critic who is focusing now on his fiction career. He was recently published in “Mammon: Collateral,” a collection of stories tied to Rob Kroese’s three-book series, and “Amish Rule The World.”
Daniel Slonim is pursuing a Ph.D. in mathematics at Purdue University. He studied math and philosophy at Hillsdale College. His interests include metaphysics, theology, natural law, and politics. At Hillsdale he met his beautiful wife Rebekah, with whom he enjoys talking about the aforementioned subjects, memorizing poetry, and discussing the fine points of grammar. His favorite hobby is finding unsuspecting victims and talking to them about math for as long as he can keep them in the room (and conscious).
Dave is a current JET Program Assistant Language Teacher based in Yonago and Sakaiminato, Tottori Prefecture, Japan and Master's student of the University of the Philippines Diliman. He enjoys performing, writing, drawing, cooking, doing sports, and exploring different cultures and languages. He writes because of his political advocacies and belief in prophetic justice.
Elizabeth Hance lives in Washington, D.C. in a thriving community that she loves to bring together around good books, theology, tea, and beauty. She is a writer, avid reader, Anglophile, and current Master's of Arts in Writing candidate. She blogs at Finding Eloquence, and you can follow her on Instagram.
Elizabeth Williams graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a degree in English and creative writing and is passionate about using storytelling to serve the poor. An omnivorous learner, she enjoys reading and watching documentaries on a wide variety of topics, from ancient history to alpine mountaineering to quantum physics.
Ellen Norris loves her work as a middle school English teacher in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After graduating with a B.A. in English from Hillsdale College in 2014, she married a fellow Hillsdale alumnus. She is passionate about education and literature.
Geoffrey Reiter is Associate Professor and Coordinator of Literature at Lancaster Bible College and an associate editor at Christ and Pop Culture. He holds a BA in English from Nyack College and a PhD in English from Baylor University, along with an MA in Church History from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is the author of several academic articles on genre fiction and philosophy and has also written for Christianity Today online. An author of fantasy and weird horror, his poetry and fiction have appeared in The Mythic Circle, Star*Line, Spectral Realms, and Penumbra.
Henry Nolden graduated from College of the Ozarks with a BA in History and a minor in Criminal Justice. He recently graduated from Missouri State University's Defense and Strategic Studies program in Fairfax, Virginia with a Master's degree in the same. In addition to his passion for military history, he pursues interests in education, theology, philosophy, literature, and the role that worldview plays in developing perspective.
Jack Nicholson is a student of nineteenth century British political history, although as an Anglican he has also a keen a interest in the intersection between theology and historical study. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, cooking for friends, walking in the countryside, and now writing which he sees as an extension of the life of prayer and an important means by which, if called, we come alive in God.
James Inwood is a proud "Papist," husband, father, and bureaucrat in the frontier wastelands of North Dakota. Having somehow survived both Hillsdale College and grad school, he writes both fiction and non-fiction related to spirituality, history, economics, and politics. Besides Salt & Iron, he contributes to Catholic Paradox and is (slowly) working on a couple novels regarding the future of American civilization.
Jared Bier is a high school English and language arts teacher. He enjoys reading, writing, and traveling.
Jessie Callaway is a small business owner in western North Carolina. When she’s not serving ice cream to tourists, she enjoys hiking, visiting museums, nerding out about manufacturing and distribution, overanalyzing everything, and writing about all of the above. She’s a firm believer that ideas have tangible consequences, so she likes to write for people who don’t have the time, energy, or education to evaluate the philosophies governing their lives.
Kittie Helmick studied Comparative Literature and Critical Translation at the University of Oxford, after serving with the Peace Corps in South Africa. Her desire to speak truth in grace led her to found Salt and Iron: Seasoned Writing and its predecessor GoodTrueBeautiful. She has also published critiques of pop culture on The Critic, The Federalist, and Patheos.
Madison Kearney is a graduate of Hillsdale College and Franciscan University, and currently teaches in Phoenix. She enjoys sipping wine, reading T.S. Eliot, and watching desert sunsets with her fiancé.
Margaret Freeland graduated from Hillsdale College with a B.A. in Accounting and German; she now works as a CPA/tax accountant in the Seattle area. Aside from being a tax nerd, she enjoys hiking, listening to classical music, traveling, and experimenting with international cuisine.
Mariah teaches studio and art history courses for middle and high school students at the Thomas MacLaren School in Colorado Springs. Her personal interests and educational background are interdisciplinary in nature, often combining technical and theoretical studies in the visual arts with history, culture, aesthetics, and theology. When she's not teaching, you can find her chatting with friends at a coffee shop, catching up on a BBC show, or playing pickleball with her friends.
A graduate of Benedictine College, Nicholas currently resides in Michigan while pursuing his PhD in Politics. He enjoys reading, cooking, brewing beer, and generally living life well. He writes so that he and others can learn how to fall more passionately in love with this world, to be contemplative souls in a world that has forgotten how to do so.
Noah Diekemper studied Latin and Mathematics at Hillsdale College (B.S.) and Data Science at Loyola University Maryland (M.S.). Motivated by a desire to preserve and share knowledge, he contributed to Goodtruebeautiful.net and has also been published in The Critic, The Federalist, Intercollegiate Review, and The Baltimore Sun.
Peter Blair teaches English Literature and is a senior leader at a boarding school. Educated at the Glasgow Academy and the Universities of St Andrews and Cambridge, he is probably the only banjo-playing High Church Anglican Scotsman in existence. He writes to explore the metaphysical in an increasingly materialistic world.
Rachel Basinger is the 9th and 12th grade Humane Letters Teacher at Providence Classical School and a proud alumna of Hillsdale College. She considers Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince the best book on life besides the Bible and loves to read history. Lately, Rachel has been fascinated with studying Henry Kissinger.
Rebekah Slonim (née Basinger) graduated from Hillsdale College with a B.A. in English literature. For school and for leisure, she enjoys reading the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins and Robert Frost, analyzing the novels of Jane Austen, and studying Aquinas and Reformed theology. She now works as a freelance editor. One of her favorite hobbies is listening to her beloved husband—who is pursuing a Ph.D. in mathematics—talk about subjects she does not understand, such as real analysis and topology.
Richard Dick served in the submarine Navy for 30 years (active and reserve) and retired from the Defense Department in 2015. As a Navigator and church elder, Richard teaches, leads home group and small group Bible studies, and likes to encourage folks. He and his wife enjoy movies, dining out, museums, battlefields (how cool is that - a wife who likes battlefields?!), and stocking his basement with treasures from secondhand book sales.
Richard Keeble is a graduate of King's College London and the University of Oxford. He currently works as the Sacristan at Pusey House, an Anglo-Catholic chaplaincy and library in Oxford. Having studied Theology, Richard enjoys thinking and writing about the history of the Church of England, in which he is also discerning a call to ordained ministry.
Sam is a freelance writer and journalist with a background in reporting on politics and cultural issues. He's primarily interested in bringing light to issues surrounding sexuality and faith. His work has appeared in Live Action News, The Federalist, LifeSite News, and Fox News Digital.
Samuel Negus lives with his wife and daughter in beautiful Black Mountain, NC, where he teaches at the CreatEd Institute. He enjoys mostly simple things such as hiking, reading, conversation, cheese, beer, bread, and cheering for utterly disappointing sports teams. He writes when he thinks he has something worth conveying.
Stephanie Helmick studied Economics, History, and Mathematics at George Mason University. She began her academic career investigating libertarianism, proceeded to church history, dallied in Shakespearean literature, and currently revels in graphic novels and all things Disney.
Thomas F. Sleete is a retired American History teacher and educational consultant with over 44 years of experience. That from which he derives the most enjoyment in this world is his interaction with, and love for, his grandchildren. The Lord guided and comforted him through the loss of his wife, and one way he seeks to glorify the name of Jesus at every opportunity is through his writing.
Thomas Osborne is a traditionalist convert to the Catholic cause, conservative in the realm of politics, and a wayfaring cultural emigrant in the modern world.
Timothy Russell majored in Philosophy, works in magazine publishing, and dreams of writing the next great American novel. In his spare time he writes fiction, reads the literary classics, and co-hosts the podcast Literary Leviathans with his sister, Elizabeth. He also loves The Good Place, The Babylon Bee, and any film directed by Christopher Nolan or Wes Anderson.
Tymon Zhou attends the Elon University School of Law, having graduated with a political science major from Brigham Young University. He enjoys reading and playing piano in his spare time. He writes to explore and refine his thinking.
Virginia Phillips has a M.A. in Religious Studies and an enduring interest in history and politics. In her spare time she writes opinion pieces on current events and theology. She enjoys speculative fiction, martial arts, dancing, and both consuming and preparing food and beverage pairings.