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Consultant Biographies & Specialties

Specialties:

 

 

African -American Literature

Adriana Green 

Tejan Green Waszak

American Studies

Adriana Green

American Literature

Chris Carpenter

Kirkwood Adams

Kristen Martin

Tejan Green Waszak

Anthropology

Bridget Potter 

Jeffrey Twu

Linh An

Application Essays

Avia Tadmor

Carin Jean White

Chris Carpenter 

Daniel Ralston

Elizabeth Bailey

Jeffrey Twu

Kathleen Griesbach

Kristen Martin

Mor Sheinbein

Tom Fogg

Arabic Literature

Zachary Ugolnik

Arts Criticism

Daniel Ralston

Elizabeth Bailey

Mor Sheinbein

Tara Gallagher

Art History

Kirkwood Adams

Mor Sheinbein

Zachary Ugolnik

Art Humanities

Adriana Green

Bridget Potter

Catherine McNulty

Daniel Ralston

Elizabeth Bailey 

Kirkwood Adams

Mor Sheinbein

Tara Gallagher

Associated Press Style

Kristen Martin

Blog Writing

Elise Gout

British Literature

Chris Carpenter

Kirkwood Adams 

Priyanka Mariwala

Tara Gallagher

Business & Professional Writing

Carin Jean White

Caribbean Literature

Tejan Green Waszak 

C.C.

Bridget Potter

Elise Gout

Chemistry

Elizabeth Bailey 

Chicago Style

Daniel Ralston 

Tom Fogg

Zachary Ugolnik

Comics & Graphic Novels

Carin Jean White 

Mor Sheinbein

Comparative Literature

Jeffrey Twu

Kristen Martin

Mor Sheinbein

Priyanka Mariwala

Zachary Ugolnik

Cover Letters

Elise Gout

Creative Writing

Adriana Green

Alyssa Pelish

Avia Tadmor

Brian Trimboli

Carin Jean White

Catherine Kirch

Catherine McNulty

Elise Gout

Jim Sliney Jr

Kristen Martin

Mor Sheinbein

Priyanka Mariwala

Tara Gallagher

Tejan Green Waszak

Critical Theory

Carin Jean White

Jeffrey Twu

Mor Sheinbein

Zachary Ugolnik

Dissertation Writing

Carin Jean White

Daniel Ralston

Zachary Ugolnik

East Asian Studies

Jeffrey Twu

Economics

Elise Gout

ESL

Alyssa Pelish

Avia Tadmor

Jeffrey Twu

Kristen Martin

Mor Sheinbein

Tejan Green Waszak

Gender Studies

Mor Sheinbein 

Grammar

Kristen Martin

Fellowship Applications

Avia Tadmor

Brian Trimboli

Carin Jean White 

Catherine Kirch

Daniel Ralston

Elise Gout

Elizabeth Bailey

Jeffrey Twu

Kristen Martin

Mor Sheinbein

Fiction

Carin Jean White

Jim Sliney Jr

Kristen Martin

Mor Sheinbein

Tara Gallagher

Tejan Green Waszak

Film & Media Studies

Bridget Potter

Carin Jean White

Catherine Kirch

Catherine McNulty 

Chris Carpenter

Tejan Green Waszak 

Hebrew

Avia Tadmor

Mor Sheinbein 

History

Bridget Potter

Daniel Ralston

Meridith Wade

Tom Fogg

Zachary Ugolnik

International Relations

Meridith Wade

Job Search Materials

Adriana Green

Carin Jean White

Catherine Kirch

Kathleen Griesbach

Kristen Martin

Mor Sheinbein

Journalism

Catherine McNulty

Elise Gout 

Kristen Martin

Tara Gallagher

Tejan Green Waszak

Linguistics

Alyssa Pelish 

Literary Analysis

Adriana Green

Alyssa Pelish

Avia Tadmor

Brian Trimboli

Catherine Kirch

Kristen Martin

Mor Sheinbein

Priyanka Mariwala

Tara Gallagher

Zachary Ugolnik

 

Literature Humanities

Bridget Potter

Elise Gout

Kirkwood Adams

Kristen Martin

Priyanka Mariwala 

Literary Non-Fiction

Bridget Potter

Carin Jean White 

Kristen Martin

Mor Sheinbein

Tara Gallagher

Tejan Green Waszak

Zachary Ugolnik

LOIs

Avia Tadmor

Brian Trimboli

Carin Jean White 

Elizabeth Bailey

Jeffrey Twu

Jim Sliney Jr

Mandarin

Jeffrey Twu

Masters Thesis Writing

Carin Jean White 

Kathleen Griesbach

Linh An

Medicine

Jim Sliney Jr

Mixed Media/Genre Projects

Carin Jean White

Tejan Green Waszak

MLA Style

Chris Carpenter 

Kristen Martin

Meridith Wade

Mor Sheinbein

Modern Chinese Literature

Jeffrey Twu

Multimedia Composing

Carin Jean White

Music

Catherine Kirch

Tom Fogg 

Music Humanities

Tom Fogg

Neuroscience

Catherine Kirch

Nursing

Jim Sliney Jr

Personal Statements

Alyssa Pelish

Avia Tadmor 

Brian Trimboli

Bridget Potter

Carin Jean White

Chris Carpenter 

Elizabeth Bailey

Jeffrey Twu

Kristen Martin

Mor Sheinbein

Tejan Green Waszak

Philosophy

Brian Trimboli

Elise Gout

Meridith Wade

Zachary Ugolnik

Playwriting

Carin Jean White 

Poetry

Avia Tadmor

Kirkwood Adams 

Proposal & Grant Writing

Avia Tadmor

Carin Jean White

Elizabeth Bailey

Jeffrey Twu

Jim Sliney Jr

Linh An

Tom Fogg

Psychology

Avia Tadmor

Catherine Kirch

Religion

Zachary Ugolnik 

Research

Carin Jean White

Daniel Ralston

Kathleen Griesbach

Kristen Martin

Meridith Wade

Science Writing

Alyssa Pelish

Catherine Kirch

Elizabeth Bailey

Jim Sliney Jr

Screenwriting

Carin Jean White

Catherine McNulty

Slavic Studies

Zachary Ugolnik

Sociology

Bridget Potter

Kathleen Griesbach 

Spanish

Kathleen Griesbach 

Sustainable Development

Elise Gout

Qualitative Methods

Kathleen Griesbach

Theatre

Carin Jean White

Kirkwood Adams

Tejan Green Waszak

Translation Studies

Avia Tadmor

Carin Jean White

Mor Sheinbein

University Writing

Alyssa Pelish

Avia Tadmor

Brian Trimboli

Bridget Potter

Catherine Kirch

Catherine McNulty

Chris Carpenter 

Elise Gout

Kristen Martin

Meridith Wade

Mor Sheinbein

Tara Gallagher

Tejan Green Waszak

Writing Process Strategies

Adriana Green 

Writing for Mainstream Publications

Carin Jean White

Kristen Martin

Mor Sheinbein

Tara Gallagher

Tom Fogg

 

 

               

Biographies

 

Adriana GreenJason Ueda
Alyssa PelishKathleen Griesbach
Avia TadmorKirkwood Adams
Brian TrimboliKristen Martin
Bridget PotterLinh An
Carin Jean WhiteMeridith Wade
Catherine KirchMor Sheinbein
Catherine McNultyPriyanka Mariwala
Chris CarpenterSue Mendelsohn
Daniel RalstonTara Gallagher
Elise GoutTejan Green Waszak
Elizabeth BaileyTom Fogg
Jeffrey TwuZachary Ugolnik
Jim Sliney Jr 

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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Adriana Green

Adriana Green is a cross-genre writer living in NYC where she teaches creative writing at Adelphi University and works in Columbia’s Writing Center. Adriana received her MFA from Pratt Institute’s Writing and Activism program and received her BA in English with a minor in Literary and Cultural Studies from the College of William and Mary. Her work has appeared in The American Academy of Poets, The Felt, FanZine and elsewhere. She recently received a University & College Poetry Prize from The American Academy of Poets and is currently working on her first poetic manuscript about race, death, and grieving in America. Specialties: African-American Literature, American Studies, Art Humanities, Creative Writing, Job Search Materials, Literary Analysis, Writing Process Strategies

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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 coursework 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, ESL

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Avia Tadmor

Avia Tadmor earned her BA in Psychology at Harvard University and is completing her MFA in Poetry and Translation at Columbia University. She directed the Columbia Artist/Teachers program and currently teaches University Writing. Avia also serves on the editorial board of The Morningside Review and teaches Modern Hebrew at the Jewish Theological Seminary. She taught poetry at Gilda’s Club, a center for individuals affected by cancer, and was a finalist for the Indiana Review 2016 Poetry Prize. Her poetry appears or is forthcoming in Crab Orchard Review, Apogee, The Adroit Journal, Fugue, and elsewhere. Avia’s research appears in the Journal of Palliative Medicine and the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry. Specialities: Application Essays, Creative Writing, ESL, Fellowship Applications, Hebrew, Literary Analysis, Personal Statements, Poetry, Proposal & Grant Writing, LOIs, Psychology, Translation Studies, University Writing

 

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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, LOIs, 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. Specialties: University Writing, Literature Humanities, C.C., Art Humanities, Literary Nonfiction, Personal Statements, Anthropology, History, Sociology, Film and Media Studies, and GS.

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Carin Jean White

Carin Jean White is a visual artist and theatre director. She holds an MFA in Theatre Directing from Columbia University. www.carinjeanwhite.com

Specialties: Application Essays, Business & Professional Writing, Comics & Graphic Novels, Creative Writing, Critical Theory, Dissertation Writing, Fellowship Applications, Fiction, Film & Media Studies, Job Search Materials, Literary Non-Fiction, Mixed Media/Genre Projects, Multimedia Composing, Personal Statements, Proposal & Grant Writing, LOIs, Research, Theatre, Playwriting, Screenwriting, Master’s Thesis Writing, Translation Studies, Writing for Mainstream Publications

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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 Application Materials, Fellowship Applications, Science Writing, Literary Analysis, Film Analysis, Psychology, Neuroscience.

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Catherine McNulty

Catherine McNulty is a GS creative writing major with a concentration in nonfiction. She spent more years than she would care to admit reading scripts in Los Angeles. While at Columbia she has excelled at University Writing, Art Hum, and Music Hum. She enjoys watching and writing about films in her spare time. Specialties: Art Humanities, Creative Writing, Film & Media Studies, Journalism, Screenwriting, University Writing

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 Literature, British Literature, Personal Statements and Application Essays, University Writing, MLA style, and Film.

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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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Elise Gout

Elise Gout is a junior in Columbia College pursuing a degree in Economics with a concentration in Sustainable Development. Elise devotes a lot of her time writing academic essays, but she also regularly enjoys journaling and striving to complete the first draft of a novel. Through her work in University Writing, she was the recipient of the Jonathon Throne Kopit Memorial prize for logic and rhetoric. Her interests include collegiate fencing, backpacking, and collaborating with others as they navigate the writing process. Specialties: University Writing, Literature Humanities, C.C., Philosophy, Creative Writing, Economics, Sustainable Development, Fellowship Applications, Cover Letters, Blog Writing, and Journalism.

Elizabeth Bailey
Elizabeth Bailey is a fifth year Chemistry Ph.D. candidate and a NSF GRFP Fellow at Columbia University. In the lab, she creates glowing bacterial cell guts to study coupling between transcription and translation. Outside of research, Elizabeth explores the intersection of science, art, and society. She leads writing and communication events, and is currently developing a workshop series on interdisciplinary teaching. She graduated summa cum laude from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Chemistry and Studio Art, and earned her M.A. in Chemistry from Princeton University. Scientific American recently published her review of a data-as-art exhibition. Specialties: Application Essays, Arts Criticism, Art Humanities, Chemistry, Fellowship Applications, Personal Statements, Proposal & Grant Writing, LOIs, Science Writing

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Jeffrey Twu

Jeffrey Twu is a doctoral candidate of anthropology at Columbia University, where he works on border theories, frontier ecology, and cultural nationalism in Hong Kong. Jeffrey is currently a Teaching Fellow at Columbia, helping undergraduate writers research and complete their senior theses. Prior to his tenure at Columbia, Jeffrey taught English literature and academic writing at Hunter College, and has worked as a writing consultant and ESL teacher in various capacities. Jeffrey received his MA and MPhil in anthropology from Columbia. He also studied comparative literature at CUNY Graduate Center, and earned his BA in English Literature and Linguistics at National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan. Specialties: Anthropology, Application Essays, Comparative Literature, Critical Theory, East Asian Studies, ESL, Fellowship Applications, Personal Statements, Mandarin, Modern Chinese Literature, Proposal & Grant Writing, LOIs

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Jim Sliney Jr

Jim Sliney Jr is a student in the School of General Studies. He is a Creative Writing major with a focus on fiction, “not because I want to be, but because I have to be”. Jim is a part time student who works as a freelance writer. He contracts with publishers to do editing, writes copy for websites, creates manuals of operation for medical research studies, dabbles in ghostwriting, has written hundreds of essays in the self-empowerment space, and is currently focused on helping patients share and publish their medical stories. Jim is also working on establishing a service for “expressive writing” – a therapeutic form of writing for trauma victims. Specialties: APA Style, Creative Writing, Fiction, Medicine, Nursing, Proposal & Grant Writing, LOIs, Science Writing

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Kathleen Griesbach
Kathleen Griesbach is a PhD student in Sociology. Her dissertation explores how unstable schedules impact contingent workers in urban and rural contexts. She previously worked as a paralegal on civil rights and employment cases in south Texas and taught English in Madrid. She has taught in the Culture, Art, and Technology writing program at UC San Diego, where she completed an M.A. in Latin American Studies, and in Columbia’s Sociology Department. She published some of her Master’s research on local-federal immigration enforcement in the journal Norteamérica and elsewhere. She received a B.A. from NYU in English and Latin American Studies. Specialties: Application Essays, Job Search Materials, Research, Sociology, Spanish, Master’s Thesis Writing, Qualitative Methods

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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 Humanities, British Literature, Literature Humanities, Poetry, Theatre.

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Kristen Martin

Kristen Martin received an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University in 2016. She is at work on a collection of essays that explores and meditates on grief—her personal and lasting grief over the deaths of her parents; cultural representations of grief on television, in music, and in literature; and our society’s ever-morphing relationship with grief and mourning. Her personal and critical essays have been published in Literary Hub, Hazlitt, Catapult Magazine, Real Life, The Hairpin, Guernica, The Toast, Google Play Editorial, Public Books, The Grief Diaries, Saveur and elsewhere. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Università degli Scienze Gastronomiche in Italy, where she was a Fulbright-Casten Family Scholar. Kristen taught University Writing from 2014-2017. Specialties: American Literature, Associated Press Style, Application Essays, Comparative Literature, Creative Writing, ESL, Fellowship Applications, Fiction, Grammar, Job Search Materials, Journalism, Literary Analysis, Literary Non-Fiction, Literature Humanities, MLA Style, Personal Statements, Research, University Writing, Writing for Mainstream Publications

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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, Master’s Thesis Writing.

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Meridith Wade

Meridith Wade is a Junior in Columbia College studying Political Science and Hispanic Studies. Specialties: History, International Relations, MLA Style, Philosophy, Research, University Writing

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Mor Sheinbein

Mor Sheinbein is currently working towards her MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia University's School of the Arts. She has extensive experience teaching University Writing, creative writing, translation studies, and Hebrew. As a non-native to the USA herself, Mor likes helping other non-native students hone their English writing skills, embrace their foreign experiences and accents and use them for their advantage. In her spare time, Mor works on her full length memoir and relaxes by doing yoga, swimming, and riding her bike whenever she can.

Specialities: Application Essays, Arts Criticism, Art History, Art Humanities, Comparative Literature, Comics/Graphic Novels, Creative Writing, Critical Theory, ESL, Fellowship Applications, Fiction, Gender Studies, Hebrew, Job Search Materials, Literary Analysis, Literary Non-Fiction, MLA Style, Personal Statements, Translation Studies, University Writing, Writing for Mainstream Publications

 
Priyanka Mariwala
 
Priyanka Mariwala is a senior at Columbia College studying English and Psychology. At Columbia, she is on the boards of Quarto Magazine and Design for America. She is especially interested in literature from the Indian subcontinent. In her spare time, she writes creative non-fiction, bakes sourdough bread, and tries to get better at board games. Specialities: British Literature, Comparative Literature, Creative Writing, Literary Analysis, Literary Non-Fiction, Literature Humanities
 

Tara Gallagher
Tara holds a BA in English Literature from King’s College London and an MFA in Creative Writing (concentration: fiction) from Columbia’s School of the Arts. She taught University Writing at Columbia for five semesters and, in connection with the Columbia Public Voices Fellowship offered by the Op-Ed Project, facilitated writing groups for scholars, scientists, and clinicians who were working to add their voices to public debates. Before beginning her MFA, Tara 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 Town & Country, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Nation, and The New Yorker.

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Tejan Waszak

Tejan holds an MFA in creative writing from Long Island University where she teaches core classes and coordinates the Core Seminar: Idea of the Human program. She holds a BA in journalism from Hunter College with a minor in theatre and enjoys performing in community theater productions. She is currently working towards her PhD in English. Specialties: African-American Literature, Caribbean Literature, Gender Studies, American Literature, ESL, Creative Writing, Poetry, Fiction, Film, Journalism, Personal Statements, Theatre, Literary Nonfiction, mixed-media projects, University 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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Zachary Ugolnik

Zachary Ugolnik (pronounced you-goal-nick) is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Religion and a Mellon Interdisciplinary Fellow at Columbia University. In the spring, he will defend his dissertation, “The Mirror of Glory: Sense and Subjectivity in Near Eastern Mysticism.” Beyond academic writing, Zachary also writes travel essays. His work has appeared in Journal of Religion, Religion & Literature, and Harvard Divinity Bulletin among other print and online publications. Specialties: Art History, Chicago Style, Comparative Literature, Critical Theory, Dissertation Writing, History, Literary Analysis, Literary Non-Fiction, Philosophy, Religion, Slavic Studies, Arabic Literature

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Former Consultants

 

 

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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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.

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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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