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Specialties

African -American Literature
Erica David

American Literature
Chris Carpenter
Elizabeth Walters
Erica David
Jason Ueda
Kathleen Griesbach
Kirkwood Adams
Maria Bo

American Studies
Jason Ueda 

Anthropology
Bridget Potter
Linh An

Associated Press Style
Elizabeth Walters

APA Style
Georgette Fleischer
Sue Mendelsohn

Application Essays
Chandler Klang Smith
Chris Carpenter
Jason Ueda
Sam Chanse
Sarah Sachs 
Tom Fogg 

Arts Criticism
Miranda K. Pennington 

Art History
Cathy Zhu
Daniel Ralston
Kirkwood Adams

Art Humanities
Bridget Potter
Cathy Zhu
Daniel Ralston
Elizabeth Bailey
Jason Ueda
Kirkwood Adams

Asian American Literature
Maria Bo

Astronomy
Matthew Rossi

British Literature
Chris Carpenter
Elizabeth Walters
Jason Ueda
Kirkwood Adams

Business & Professional Writing
Sue Mendelsohn
Jason Ueda
Sarah Sachs 

Chemistry
Elizabeth Bailey

Chicago Style
Cathy Zhu
Daniel Ralston
Georgette Fleischer 
Tom Fogg 

Comparative Literature
Georgette Fleischer
Jason Ueda
Maria Bo 

Comics/Graphic Novels
Miranda K. Pennington 

Creative Writing
Alyssa Pelish
Brian Trimboli
Catherine Kirch 

Chandler Klang Smith
Elizabeth Walters

Critical Theory
Georgette Fleischer 

Dissertation Writing
Linh An
Sue Mendelsohn

East Asian Studies
Cathy Zhu
Jason Ueda
Maria Bo 
Peter Moody 

Economics
Cathy Zhu 
Sarah Sachs 

ESL
Alyssa Pelish
Erica David
Maria Bo
Peter Moody 

Fellowship Applications
Brian Trimboli
Catherine Kirch
Elizabeth Bailey

Fiction
Erica David
Jason Ueda

Film & Media Studies
Bridget Potter
Catherine Kirch 
Chandler Klang Smith
Chris Carpenter 

French
Georgette Fleischer

Gender Studies
Sarah Sachs

German
Georgette Fleischer

Grammar
Elizabeth Walters
Georgette Fleischer
Jason Ueda
Peter Moody

History
Bridget Potter
Cathy Zhu
Daniel Ralston
Peter Moody
Tom Fogg 

International Relations
Sarah Sachs 

Job Search Materials
Catherine Kirch 
Kathleen Griesbach
Raluca Albu
Sue Mendelsohn

Journalism
Elizabeth Walters
Kristen Martin
Raluca Albu

Linguistics
Alyssa Pelish

Literary Analysis
Alyssa Pelish
Brian Trimboli
Catherine Kirch
Erica David
Kathleen Griesbach

Literary Non-Fiction
Bridget Potter
Elizabeth Walters

Literature Humanities
Bridget Potter
Chandler Klang Smith
Jason Ueda
Kirkwood Adams 

Medicine & Nursing
Matthew Rossi

Mixed Media/Genre Projects
Sue Mendelsohn

MLA Style
Chris Carpenter
Elizabeth Walters
Georgette Fleischer
Jason Ueda
Sue Mendelsohn

Modern Chinese Literature
Maria Bo 

Multimedia Composing
Sue Mendelsohn 

Music
Catherine Kirch 
Tom Fogg 

Music Humanities
Tom Fogg 

Personal Statements
Alyssa Pelish
Brian Trimboli
Bridget Potter
Chandler Klang Smith
Chris Carpenter
Elizabeth Bailey
Jason Ueda
Kathleen Griesbach
Miranda K. Pennington
Raluca Albu
Sam Chanse
Sarah Sachs
Sue Mendelsohn

Philosophy
Brian Trimboli
Chandler Klang Smith 

Poetry
Jason Ueda
Kirkwood Adams

Proposal & Grant Writing, LOIs
Brian Trimboli
Elizabeth Bailey
Linh An
Tom Fogg 

Psychology
Catherine Kirch  

Research 
Georgette Fleischer
Jessica Simon 
Kathleen Griesbach 

Science Writing
Alyssa Pelish
Catherine Kirch 
Elizabeth Bailey

Sociology
Bridget Potter
Kathleen Griesbach 
Sarah Sachs 

Spanish
Daniel Ralston

Theatre/Playwriting/
Screenwriting
Chandler Klang Smith
Kirkwood Adams
Sam Chanse

Thesis Writing
Jessica Simon
Kathleen Griesbach
Linh An
Miranda K. Pennington
Sarah Sachs 

Translation Studies
Maria Bo 

University Writing
Alyssa Pelish
Brian Trimboli
Bridget Potter
Catherine Kirch
Chris Carpenter
Elizabeth Walters
Jason Ueda
Jessica Simon
Miranda K. Pennington
Raluca Albu
Sam Chanse
Sue Mendelsohn

Writing for Mainstream Publications
Eizabeth Walters
Tom Fogg

Biographies

 

Alyssa Pelish Jason Ueda
Brian Trimboli Jessica Simon
Bridget Potter Kathleen Griesbach
Catherine Kirch Kirkwood Adams
Cathy Zhu Linh An
Chandler Klang Smith Miranda K. Pennington
Chris Carpenter Maria Bo
Daniel Penny Peter Moody
Daniel Ralston Raluca Albu
Elizabeth Bailey Sam Chanse
Elizabeth Walters Sarah Sachs
Erica David Sue Mendelsohn
Georgette Fleischer Tom Fogg



Click here to view former consultants.

Sue Mendelsohn
Sue Mendelsohn is the Writing Center's director. She has more than a decade of writing consulting experience. She regularly presents her research on multimodal composing, visual rhetoric, and composition history at national conferences and has published articles on writing center theory and administration. In addition to her own scholarly work, Sue teaches University Writing and rhetoric courses. She earned her PhD in English with a specialization in rhetoric and composition from the University of Texas at Austin. Specialties: APA style, business & professional writing, job search materials, MLA style, multimedia composing, personal statements, University Writing.

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Jason Takayuki Ueda
Jason Takayuki Ueda is coordinator of the writing center. Previously, he has taught composition and worked as a writing consultant at various universities in the city. His interests include modern and contemporary poetry, Japanese medieval history, labor studies, media and culture, cooking, and bike riding. Jason received a BA from Hunter College and an MFA in poetry from The New School. Specialties: American literature, Art Hum, British literature, close reading strategies, comparative literature, East Asian studies, grammar, Lit Hum, MLA style, personal statements and application essays, poetry, University Writing, long projects, American studies.

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Alyssa Pelish
Alyssa Pelish is a freelance writer and editor. Her essays, articles, reviews, and fiction have appeared in Harper’s online, The Paris Review online, Slate, Science, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Quarterly Conversation, The Smart Set, 3 Quarks Daily, Pop Matters, Denver Quarterly, and elsewhere. She earned her B.A. in neuroscience from Carleton College, her M.F.A. in fiction from Sarah Lawrence College, and completed doctoral course work in English literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She has taught literature and writing at both the college and high school level and is currently also the director of the very small writing center offered for master’s students at Christie’s Education. Specialties: literary analysis, linguistics, University Writing, creative writing, science writing, personal statements, English as a second language.

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Brian Trimboli
Brian Trimboli has received fellowships from New York University, Binghamton University, Bucknell University, and Hartwick College, and has worked with veteran writers through NYU and Binghamton. He’s published poetry with Gulf Coast, The Indiana Review, West Branch, and many others. His chapbook won No, Dear/Small Anchor Press’ inaugural chapbook competition in 2013, and he is the Poetry Editor for Wreck Park. He is currently finishing up his PhD at Binghamton University, and teaching at John Jay College. Specialties: University Writing, creative writing, literary analysis, philosophy, personal statements and letters of intent, and fellowship applications.  

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Bridget Potter
Bridget Potter, a writer, has a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Columbia and an MFA in Literary Non-Fiction from Columbia’s School of the Arts.  She taught University Writing at Columbia for three years, and conducted memoir-writing workshops for the Columbia Summer High School program. Her work has been published in Guernica, Quarto, Best American Essays and The Wall Street Journal. She reviews non-fiction for Publishers Weekly, for whom she also writes author interviews. Before entering GS at Columbia, she had a long career in television, as an executive and also as a producer, most prominently as the head of Original Programming at HBO. Her specialties: University Writing, Lit. Hum, C.C., Art Hum, Literary Nonfiction, Personal Statements, Anthropology, History, Sociology, Film and Media Studies, and GS. 

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Catherine Kirch (CK) 
Catherine Kirch (CK) earned her BA in English Literature and Cognitive Science at Boston University, and her MFA in Fiction Writing at Columbia University, where she also taught University Writing: Readings in Data Science and Engineering. CK has worked in an editorial capacity for various publications, including Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, Apogee Journal, Tri-City Voice Newspaper, and The Morningside Review. She is particularly interested in cross-disciplinary work, especially between the arts/humanities and the sciences. Specialties: Music, University Writing, Creative Writing, Job/Internship/Fellowship Application Materials, Science Writing, Literary/Film Analysis, Psychology/Neuroscience.

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Cathy Zhu
Cathy Zhu is a PhD student in the Art History & Archaeology department at Columbia, studying pre-modern Chinese painting and the interactions between works in the tomb, religious, and secular environments. She has worked in the auction industry, at various museums, and in management consulting. Cathy received her MA in Art History from Williams College and her BA in Economics and Art History from the University of Chicago. Specialties: Art History, Art Humanities, Chicago Style, East Asian Studies, Economics, History.

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Chandler Klang Smith
Chandler Klang Smith is the author of the novels The Sky Is Yours (forthcoming from Hogarth, an imprint of Crown/Random House, 2017) and Goldenland Past Dark (ChiZine Publications, 2013). Her fiction uses surreal imagery and genre elements to comment satirically on our world and to investigate the inner lives of characters. In addition to tutoring and teaching, Chandler has worked as an editorial assistant, associate agent, and ghostwriter in the NYC publishing industry and coordinates literary events for the KGB Bar. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University and a BA in literature and philosophy from Bennington College. Her specialties include literature, creative writing, screenwriting and film analysis, philosophy, brainstorming, and application/personal statements.

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Chris Carpenter
Chris Carpenter is a PhD student in English at The Graduate Center at CUNY, where he works on contemporary fiction, political economy, and critical theory. He taught composition and research writing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and has worked as a writing tutor in a variety of capacities. Specialties: American and British literature, personal statements and application essays, university writing, MLA style, and film.

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Daniel Penny
Daniel Penny is an essayist, journalist, and poet with an MFA in creative nonfiction from Columbia University, where he was also a creative writing teaching fellow. In addition to working at the Writing Center, he teaches writing at Parsons and works part-time at The New Yorker. His essay, "A Model Camp," was selected as notable essay in Best American Essays 2015. Other work has appeared in The New Republic, The New Inquiry, The Rumpus, The Village Voice, Cereal Magazine, Slice Magazine, Nat. Brut, Art Observed, and others. His work has won the 2012 Norton Writer's Prize and the 2013 Lorabel Richardson American Academy of Poets Prize. Daniel's interests include art, design, critical theory, and the history of the essay.

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Daniel Ralston
Daniel Ralston, a PhD student in art history at Columbia, studies the arts and visual culture of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Spain and Latin America. He has catalogued a number of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s little-studied nineteenth-century Spanish paintings, and has also carried out collection research for the Brooklyn Museum. He earned his BA in Art History and Spanish at the University of British Columbia. Specialties: Art history, Art Hum, Chicago style, History, Spanish.

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Elizabeth Bailey
Elizabeth Bailey is currently pursuing her PhD in Chemistry at Columbia. She earned her BA from Kenyon College in Studio Art and Chemistry, and her MA from Princeton University in Chemistry. Elizabeth has experience working with a range of students as a teaching assistant and tutor, in courses from general-audience solar energy to advanced-standing inorganic chemistry. Specialties: art, chemistry, science writing, fellowship applications, proposal and grant writing, personal statements.

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Elizabeth Walters
Elizabeth Walters is pursuing an MFA in creative nonfiction writing at Columbia; she also teaches University Writing. Before starting graduate school, she spent several years as a high-school English teacher. Before teaching, she worked as a full-time editor and reporter. She has edited thousands of other writers' articles and has published a couple hundred of her own; 
her writing has appeared in publications such as The Times-Picayune, the Village Voice and the website of the Washington Post. She also has edited thesis and dissertation chapters in subjects such as biology, inorganic chemistry, forensic anthropology, education, and psychology. She loves helping others grow in their writing, particularly in the generative phase when they are finding ideas. Specialties: American Literature, Associated Press style, British Literature, Creative Writing, Education, Grammar, Journalism, Literary Nonfiction, MLA style, University Writing, Writing for Mainstream Publications.

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Erica David
Erica David is a writer from Philadelphia, PA. She graduated from Princeton University with an BA in English and received her MFA in Creative Writing from The Writer's Foundry at St. Joseph's College in Brooklyn. She teaches composition and English literature classes at St. Joseph’s and also works with ESL students as a writing tutor. For more than a decade she’s written children’s books and comics based on popular movies and TV shows, including Spider-ManSpongeBob SquarePants and Frozen. Specialties: African-American literature, fiction, literary analysis, ESL.

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Georgette Fleischer
Georgette Fleischer earned a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Michigan, an M.F.A. in Fiction Writing from Columbia’s School of Arts, and a Ph.D. in English and Comp. Lit. from Columbia’s GSAS. Her scholarly interests in Modernism extend to the late 19th-Century Comparative European novel (course in Thackeray, Flaubert, Tolstoy and Hardy read through the Hungarian Marxist Georg Lukács and Virginia Woolf). Fleischer has published review-essays in The Nation and the L.A. Times Book Review, and journalism related to Village and Lower Eastside politics in The Villager and Bowery Boogie. Her historical novel set in Vienna during the Anschluss is complete, and she inches her way on a memoir about her late father, a mathematician. Specialties: Comp. Lit.: English (including American), German, French; Humanities and Social Sciences broadly; graduate student writing, including for international students; research, close reading, grammar; critical theory, feminist theory; MLA, Chicago, APA Style.

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Jessica Simon
Jessica Simon is a Ph.D student in the Subcommittee on Theatre and English and Comparative Literature where her interests include melodrama, the interrelation of theatre and the novel, and theories of emotion and physiology in the Victorian period. She’s in the midst of writing her dissertation on how Victorian critics and writers imagined the transmission of affect and emotion across different mediums to audiences. She received her M.A. from the University of Chicago and her B.F.A. from New York University. Jessica has also taught two years of University Writing. Her specialties include: research strategies, brainstorming, organization, University Writing, humanities writing, and thesis writing.

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Kathleen Griesbach
Kathleen Griesbach is a PhD student and Teaching Assistant in Columbia’s Sociology Department. She is developing a dissertation on mobile workers in NYC and revising work on how seasonal agricultural workers from the U.S.-Mexico borderlands experience time. Before coming to Columbia, she worked as a paralegal on civil rights and employment cases in south Texas. Before that, she taught English through a Fulbright grant in Madrid. She previously taught in the Culture, Art, and Technology writing program at UC San Diego, where she completed an M.A. in Latin American Studies and International Migration. She published some of her master’s research on immigration enforcement in the academic journal Norteamérica and elsewhere. She received a B.A. from NYU in English & American Literature and Latin American Studies. Specialties: sociology, qualitative research, literary analysis, job applications, personal statements, thesis writing.

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Kirkwood Adams
Kirkwood Adams earned his MFA in poetry from Columbia University. Currently he teaches composition at the College of Staten Island. He has a BFA from Emerson College in writing and literature. While living in Boston, Kirkwood taught in several capacities, including as a docent at the Museum of Fine Arts. He writes poems and makes collages. Specialties: American literature, art history, Art Hum, British literature, Lit Hum, poetry, theatre.

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Linh An
Linh An earned her PhD from UCLA.  Her dissertation research is on Chinese American women who provide caregiving to a family member who has been diagnosed with a mental illness.  She also works with the New York State Psychiatric Institute on research that aims to develop culturally competent treatment models for limited English proficiency patients.  Linh has served as a TA for various introductory anthropology courses and has taught upper-division cultural anthropology courses at UCLA. Specialties: anthropology, proposal & grant writing, thesis writing.

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Maria Bo
Maria Bo is a PhD student in the English and Comparative Literature department.  She has a BA in both Linguistics and English literature and has experience teaching both ESL and composition. One of the great passions of her life is translation.  When not in the Writing Center, she is leading seminars on literary criticism for the English department or observing teachers at the Center for Teaching and Learning.  She has a deep love for walking in parks, designing jewelry, and eating chocolate.  Other specialties: comparative literature, translation studies, modern Chinese literature, East Asian studies, Asian American literature, American modernism, and Cold War studies.

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Miranda K. Pennington
Miranda K. Pennington is a graduate of Columbia's MFA program in Creative Nonfiction. Her first book, A Girl Walks Into a Book, fuses memoir, literary criticism, and biography of the Brontë sisters and will be available May 2017, from Seal Press. A former instructor in the Contemporary Essays and Human Rights-themed University Writing courses, her work has appeared on The American Scholar online, the Ploughshares Writing Blog, and The Toast. Specialties: arts criticism, humor, comics/graphic novels, braided narratives, personal statements, application materials, long-form thesis and dissertation projects, and UW assignments.

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Peter Moody
Peter Moody is a Phd Student in East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia and is developing his career as a researcher and an educator.  He is specializing in Modern Korean History and his research on North Korea has been published in the Sungkyun Journal of East Asian Studies.  In addition to researching East Asia, Peter teaches ESL reading, writing and oral communication as an adjunct instructor at ASA College in Manhattan.  He has two MA degree: one in TESOL from Hunter College and one in East Asian Studies from University of Virginia.  He has also written for online news publications and has edited memoirs of non-native English speakers. Specialty Areas: East Asian Studies, ESL, Grammar, History.

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Raluca Albu
Raluca Albu is pursuing an MFA in fiction at Columbia; she also teaches University Writing. She is a senior editor for Guernica Magazine and the online literature editor for BOMB Magazine. She was a high school history teacher and she has written for The Guardian, Words without Borders, The Columbia Journal, and others. She likes to help writers brainstorm  ideas and organize how to structure their writing. Her specialities include: UW assignments, social sciences, personal statements, journalism, job materials, and creative projects.

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Sam Chanse
Sam Chanse is a writer, theater artist, and educator. She is a former instructor of University Writing at Columbia University, and is currently teaching a writing course at Tisch. Her playwriting and theater work have been developed and supported by the Playwrights’ Realm, the Lark, Ma-Yi, Civilians R&D, Ensemble Studio Theatre/ Sloan, Ars Nova, and the Sundance Theatre Institute. Her solo play, Lydia’s Funeral Video, is published by Kaya Press. She received her MFA in playwriting from Columba University, and in musical theater writing from Tisch. Specialties: University Writing, theater/playwriting, personal statements, application essays.

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Sarah Sachs
Sarah Sachs is a PhD Candidate in sociology at Columbia. Sarah studies collective classification practices within organizational contexts, and her dissertation research looks at the relationship between expertise and technology in the transformation of art into data. Sarah came to Columbia after a career in the technology sector and has since taught courses in organizational innovation and organizational failure. She has also taught English abroad, as well as preparation courses for college and graduate school admissions. Sarah holds a masters degree in international affairs from Columbia. Specialties: sociology, science and technology studies, international relations, economics, gender studies, personal statements, application essays, thesis writing, and business & professional writing.

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Tom Fogg
Tom Fogg holds BMus(ic) and MMus degrees from King’s College London. He joined Columbia’s graduate program in historical musicology in 2010. Between 2012-2014, he served as editor of the journal Current Musicology; since 2013, he has taught the musical component of the university’s Core Curriculum, Music Humanities. His dissertation examines relationships between the senses, sound technologies, and music in Paris since 1945. Specialties: Music, Music Humanities, History, Writing for Mainstream Publications, Application Essays, Proposal and Grant Writing, Chicago Style.

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Former Consultants

 

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Alexander Landfair
Alexander Landfair is the former assistant director of the writing center. He holds a MFA in writing from Columbia and a BA in religious studies from the University of Florida. As a UWP instructor, a corporate writing consultant, and a magazine editor, he has experience working closely with students and professionals at all stages in their development as writers. Specialties: business & professional writing, ESL, fiction, grammar, job search materials, poetry, publishing, University Writing, long projects, literary non-fiction, documentation styles.

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Allen Durgin
After graduating summa cum laude from the University of Virginia, Allen Durgin worked as a professional actor in New York for nearly ten years before returning to academia. Currently a lecturer at Baruch College, he recently earned his PhD in English at The Graduate Center--City University of New York, Allen has spent the better part of a decade teaching writing and literature to a wide range of undergraduate and graduate students. He has experience working with students from a variety of disciplines, from public policy to law, from anthropology to economics.  He particularly enjoys working with master's students and doctoral candidates on their theses and dissertations. Specialties: American literature, British literature, comparative literature, dissertation writing, fiction, film, grammar, job search materials, linguistics, Lit Hum, MLA style, personal statements and application essays, philosophy, poetry, political science, theatre, thesis writing, University Writing, long projects, literary non-fiction, American studies, women and gender studies. 

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Amanda Culp
Amanda Culp is a PHD student in the Doctoral Subcommittee on Theater at Columbia University. Though she specializes in classical Sanskrit drama, she has broader interests in translation theory, classical drama in adaptation, and performance theory. She holds a BA in Drama from Vassar College and an MAR in Asian Religion from Yale University. When she is not reading and writing, she is likely cooking or doing yoga. Writing Center Specialties: academic humanities writing; personal statements; project proposals; dramatic literature.

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Candice Kail 
Candice Kail has a BA in Sociology and Women’s Studies with minors in English Literature, Writing, and Political Science. She also holds a Master’s in Library and Information Science. Having writing experience with genres ranging from poetry to software documentation, Candice has worked as a technical writer and editor at New York University and at Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute, and as a proofreader and editor in book and magazine publishing. She reviews non-fiction books for Library Journal on topics ranging from history to neuroscience. She teaches research sessions for the University Writing Program in partnership with Columbia University Libraries and also works as a reference and web services librarian at Columbia. Her specialties include research skills and research-based writing, gender studies, literary non-fiction, writing in the social sciences, science and technical writing, web writing, and business and professional writing.  

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Christine Susienka 
Christine Susienka is a PhD Candidate in Philosophy at Columbia. She works primarily in moral and political philosophy, and her dissertation is on the philosophical foundations of human rights. Christine is currently teaching a course of her own design, Hard Cases, Moral Questions, and has taught Social and Political Philosophy. Next year, she will serve as a preceptor for Contemporary Civilization. Prior to starting her PhD, Christine earned both a BA with a major in philosophy and a minor in English, and an MST with a concentration in TESOL. Specialties: philosophy, Contemporary Civilization, ESL, proposal & grant writing, personal statements and application essays, and dissertation & thesis writing.

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Elizabeth Metzger
Elizabeth Metzger graduated from Brown University with a degree in English and Literary Arts. She is a third-year MFA candidate in poetry at Columbia and the poetry editor of The Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal.  She is a former UWP instructor and seminar instructor in Columbia’s Summer Program for High School Students. Her essays and poetry have recently appeared in or are forthcoming from The Yale Review, Kenyon Review, Southwest Review, Guernica, and Narrative Magazine. Specialties: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, close reading, literary and art criticism, reviews, university writing, personal statements and application materials

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Hal Sundt
Hal Sundt is currently pursuing his MFA in nonfiction writing in Columbia University’s School of the Arts. He is also an instructor in the Undergraduate Writing Program. He writes researched and reported pieces, personal essays and criticism (primarily sports and film). Specialties: University Writing, literary non-fiction, personal essays, journalism, sportswriting, web writing.

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Jaime Green
Jaime Green has a BA from Brown University and she has finished coursework for her MFA in Nonfiction at Columbia, which she will complete following her University Writing teaching fellowship. She currently teaches in the Sustainable Development theme of UW. Jaime has published essays, reviews, and interviews with The Awl, The Rumpus, The Cossack Review, BuzzFeed, Hooded Utilitarian, Download the Universe, and Everyday Genius. Her essays cover food, science, museums, culture, and American history. Before graduate school she worked in new play development. She also writes about astrophysics for Astrobites and The Planetary Society. She is a member of Neuwrite, a collaborative working group for scientists, writers, and those in between, and she has worked as a consultant for scientists applying for NSF fellowships. Specialties: University Writing, creative writing, theatre, science writing, science journalism, personal statements, medical school applications, science (astronomy, physics, biology, chemistry, earth science), application essays, writing process.

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Kat Savino
Kat Savino holds an MFA in fiction writing from Columbia University and a BA in English from Montclair State University. She also works for Baruch College and as a writing instructor for LEDA (Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America), a non-profit program that helps underprivileged high school students apply for college. She is working on a poetry collection and a novel. Her work has appeared in Diagram and the Los Angeles Review, and she was the recipient of The Room of Her Own prize in poetry. Her specialties include brainstorming, literary analysis, job materials, application/personal statement writing, creative writing, gender studies, and ESL.

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Julia Drake
Julia Drake is pursuing her MFA in fiction writing at Columbia University's School of the Arts. She graduated from Williams College with a degree in Spanish Literature and has also studied literary translation at Columbia. She has led several language-learning trips for high school students to Spain and currently teaches University Writing. Specialties: creative writing, Spanish Literature, Comparative Literature, literary translation, University Writing.

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Kristen Martin
Kristen Martin is currently pursuing an MFA in nonfiction writing at Columbia University, where she is at work on a collection of essays on her parents’ lives and deaths and where she teaches University Writing. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in English in 2011. In 2012-2013, she was the Fulbright-Casten Family Scholar at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Bra, Italy, where she wrote a thesis on the way Italians talk about food and received a Master in Food Culture and Communications. Her personal essays and food writing have been published in Guernica, The ToastSaveurThe Grief Diaries, The Pennsylvania GazetteCleaver MagazinePhiladelphia Magazine, and elsewhere.  Specialities: Comparative literature, fiction, grammar, journalism, MLA style, University Writing, literary non-fiction, Italian studies. 

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Kristin Slaney
Kristin Slaney is a playwright originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, currently completing her MFA in Theatre at Columbia University's School of the Arts. Kristin's plays have been produced and developed in New York and Canada at Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Flea Theatre, The Tank, Columbia University, Dalhousie University, the University of Alberta, Ship’s Company Theatre, Eastern Front Theatre, Halifax for Young People, and DaPoPo Theatre. She is a member of EST’s Youngblood, and she is a semifinalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s 2016 National Playwrights Conference. Kristin teaches University Writing: Readings in Gender and Sexuality to first-year Columbia students. Writing Center specialities include: fiction, playwriting, screenwriting, topics in gender and sexuality, theatre history, University Writing. 

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Leah Zander 
Leah Zander is a fiction writer and an Early Modernist. She earned her BA in History and Literature at Bennington College, and she is currently completing her MFA at Columbia University, where she also teaches University Writing. Specialties: American literature, British literature, Lit Hum, women and gender studies, philosophy, history, University Writing, proposal & grant-writing, cover letters, creative writing.

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Maria John
Maria John is a PhD candidate in the History Department at Columbia. Her dissertation research is on 20th century urban indigenous health activism in the U.S. and Australia. Maria has served as a TA on various History courses at Columbia, including: the Social History of American Public Health, The History of the City of New York, The U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction, The Making of the Modern American Landscape, and she has also worked as an advisor for the History Department's Senior Thesis Seminar. In 2014, she taught an upper-division History seminar of her own design, Modern American Indian Social and Political History. Before moving to New York City in 2009, she lived in Melbourne, Australia.  Specialties: history, anthropology, dissertation & thesis writing, proposal & grant writing, job search materials, personal statements and applications.

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Matthew Harrison
Matthew Harrison is a Columbia graduate, Matthew Harrison is now completing his PhD at Princeton University. His academic work is on “bad” poetry, experimental verse, and the ways embracing failure can open up new opportunities. He has worked with students on a variety of subjects and genres: including academic articles and chapters, essays in the Columbia Core, and applications for jobs and graduate school. Other interests include poetry and poetic theory, philosophy, British and American history, feminism, theoretical and critical work on video games, personal essays, urban studies, and food writing. 

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Matthew Rossi
Matthew Rossi is a graduate of Columbia's MFA Writing Program, where he focused on fiction.  Before coming to Columbia, Matthew worked for a theater company that specialized in collaboratively made work. As a result, he loves the process of brainstorming to helping students discover new pathways for their ideas. He has published work in NY Tyrant magazine and Mudlark, and is currently at work on his first novel. Specialties: American literature, art history, astronomy, Chicago (CMS) style, fiction, grammar, medicine & nursing, University Writing, literary non-fiction.

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Michael Keenan
Michael Keenan received his MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University. His first book of poems, Translations On Waking In An Italian Cemetery, was released by A-Minor Press in 2014. His writing has appeared in Poetry International, the PEN Poetry Series, Fence and Alice Blue Review, among others. Along with working as a writing consultant, Michael teaches writing and ESL classes at the New School. Specialties: American literature, application essays, Art Hum, British Literature, ESL, fiction, film, Lit Hum, Music Hum, poetry, University Writing.

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Miranda K. Pennington 
Miranda K. Pennington is an MFA student in Creative Nonfiction. She currently teaches a GS section of University Writing and is working on her thesis, a book project about the Bronte sisters that fuses memoir, literary criticism, and biography. She has also taught creative writing workshops for high school students and a comics-making seminar. Her work has appeared on The American Scholar onlinethe Ploughshares Writing Blog, and The ToastSpecialties: arts criticism (film, television, and literature), humor writing, grant-writing, comics/graphic novels, editing for both trade and test-prep publications, anthology curation, blogging, and personal essay.

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Phoebe Collins
Phoebe Collins holds an MA in English literature from Saint Louis University and BA in cultural studies from SUNY Empire State College. She taught undergraduate English at Saint Louis University, and ESL in France, Spain, and Korea. She has worked as an acquisitions editor for Liguori Publications and the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency, edited a nursing journal for Sage Publications, and published articles inAmbassador Media, Aishti Magazine, Divine Wine, and Cinematheque, as well as contributing writer for two non-fiction books. Specialties: American literature, Art Hum, British literature, Business & professional writing, ESL, Fiction, Film, Grammar, Job search materials, Lit Hum, Medicine & nursing, Personal statements, Publishing, Theatre, Thesis writing, Long projects, Literary non-fiction.

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Richard Trist
Richard is a PHD student in the Doctoral Subcommittee on Theater at Columbia University. Whilst his era of specialization is focused on the 20th Century, he is geographically diverse with interests in British, American and European theatre. Along with Performance Studies, Richard is keen to explore the  intersection between Theatre and Philosophy. Richard holds a BA in Theatre from Goldsmiths College and an MA in Philosophy from Kings College London. Specialties: 20th Century theatre, performance studies, philosophy, aesthetics, Nietzsche, personal statements. 

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Rob Verger
Rob Verger is a journalist who focuses on science and health writing. A regular contributor to VICE News on the environment and climate change, he has also written for Newsweek, The Daily Beast, The Boston Globe, and other publications. He is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School, where he received an MA in science journalism, and Columbia School of the Arts, where he did an MFA in nonfiction writing. A former high school English teacher, he has also instructed in Columbia’s Undergraduate Writing Program. Specialities in the Writing Center include journalism, science writing, job search materials, University Writing, English lit, literary non-fiction, personal statements and application essays, English as a second language, and grammar. 

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Sanaë Lemoine
Sanaë was raised in France and Australia. She received a BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania and is a graduate student in the School of Arts at Columbia. Sanaë teaches University Writing and writes fiction. In her spare time, Sanaë cooks and writes about food. Specialties: fiction, creative non-fiction, Lit Hum, and University Writing.  

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Sarah Goldberg 
Sarah Goldberg is a PhD candidate in the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia University, where she is finishing up a dissertation on entertainment and consumer culture in early twentieth-century Argentina. Sarah has taught English as a Foreign Language in Granada, Spain and Spanish language and culture courses at Columbia, including a self-designed course on science fiction. While in graduate school, Sarah has also worked as a freelance assistant and editor for a literary agency that specializes in children's and young adult literature and genre fiction, and currently copy-edits for an academic journal on Medieval Iberian history. She would love to read your popular history project or your historical romance novel. Specialties: Chicago (CMS) style, dissertation and thesis writing, French, publishing, Spanish.

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Sarah Thomas
Sarah Thomas works both as a Writing Consultant and an Instructor of University Writing.  She has finished her coursework for an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University, and she will graduate in 2015 upon completion of her thesis, a novel.  Sarah graduated magna cum laude from Tulane University with a BA in Creative Writing, and she attended New York University's Summer Publishing Institute.  Sarah has published creative non-fiction in The Huffington Post, Al-Jazeera America, xojane, and Apogee Journal.  She has previously worked in book and magazine publishing.  Her fiction and non-fiction focus on issues of race, gender, class, and sexuality.  Sarah has also worked in the field of job preparation, so she is familiar with resume and cover letter writing.    

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Shannon Azzato Stephens
Shannon Azzato Stephens holds a BA in Creative Writing from Carnegie Mellon University and an MPhil in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Dublin.  In addition to her work at Columbia, she has taught in writing centers at the University of Rochester, Carnegie Mellon University, and Baruch College. While serving in AmeriCorps, she also taught basic skills writing and literacy in Mississippi public schools. Her short stories, poetry, and essays have appeared in journals including The Sugar House Review, The Susquehanna Review, Coal Hill Review, Commonline Journal, and Anderbo. Specialties: creative writing, argument development, essay structure and organization, reading comprehension, interpreting assignments, and incorporating research into academic papers.

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Suzie Hanrahan
Suzie Hanrahan graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA in Gender & Sexuality Studies and Law, Letters, & Society, and is currently an MFA candidate in fiction at Columbia University. She has taught creative writing for military veterans and high school students and served as a University Writing instructor. Previously, she worked in documentary film and reality television. Specialties: University Writing, creative writing, brainstorming, research and planning techniques, art history, gender and cultural studies, personal statements, and application essays.

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Tara Gallagher
Tara Gallagher holds a BA in English Language and Literature from King’s College, London and an MFA in Creative Writing (concentration: fiction) from Columbia University. She taught University Writing at Columbia for two years and facilitates a writing group for the faculty of Columbia University Medical College.  Before beginning her MFA, she was a member of the editorial staffs of the New Yorker and The Paris Review.  She has written book reviews and essays for various publications, including the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Town & Country. Specialties: University Writing, British literature, fiction, journalism, publishing, creative writing, writing for mainstream publication.

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Tejan Waszak
In addition to working as a writing consultant, Tejan Waszak has taught at the university and high school level for six years. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Long Island University and a BA in journalism from Hunter College with a minor in theatre. In her spare time, she enjoys performing in community theater productions. She is currently working on a book of poetry and short stories and is a doctoral candidate at The Graduate Center at CUNY. Specialties: African-American studies, Caribbean studies, gender studies, American literature, ESL, fiction, film, journalism, personal statements, poetry, theatre, religious studies, Literary non-fiction, mixed-media projects.

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Valerie Seiling Jacobs
Valerie Seiling Jacobs holds an MFA in nonfiction from Columbia University and a JD from Cornell University. Before returning to academia, she practiced law for more than twenty years. She has experience teaching academic, creative, and legal writing. She is a former UWP instructor and previously served on the editorial board of The Morningside Review. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, and other publications. Specialties: University Writing, dissertation and thesis writing, business & professional writing, literary nonfiction, law, research-based writing, and journalism.

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