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Consultant Biographies & Specialties

Specialties

African -American Studies
Tejan Waszak

American Literature
Elizabeth Walters
Jason Ueda
Kirkwood Adams
Leah Zander
Matthew Rossi
Tejan Waszak

American Studies
Jason Ueda

Anthropology
Linh An
Maria John 

Associated Press Style
Elizabeth Walters

APA Style
Sue Mendelsohn

Application Essays
Jason Ueda
Maria John
Rob Verger
Sam Chanse

Architecture

Art History
Cathy Zhu
Daniel Ralston
Kirkwood Adams
Matthew Rossi

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

Asian Studies

Astronomy
Matthew Rossi

British Literature
Elizabeth Walters
Jason Ueda
Kirkwood Adams
Leah Zander
Tara Gallagher

Business & Professional Writing
Candice Kail
Sue Mendelsohn
Jason Ueda

Caribbean Studies
Tejan Waszak

Chemistry
Elizabeth Bailey

Chicago Style
Cathy Zhu
Daniel Ralston
Matthew Rossi
Sarah Goldberg 

Comparative Literature
Jason Ueda
Kristen Martin

Contemporary Civilization
Christine Susienka 

Creative Writing
Alyssa Pelish
Catherine Kirch 
Elizabeth Walters
Leah Zander
Tara Gallagher

Dissertation Writing
Christine Susienka
Linh An
Maria John
Sarah Goldberg
Sue Mendelsohn

East Asian Studies
Cathy Zhu
Jason Ueda

Economics
Cathy Zhu 

English Lit
Rob Verger

ESL
Alyssa Pelish
Christine Susienka
Rob Verger
Tejan Waszak

Fellowship Applications
Elizabeth Bailey

Fiction
Jason Ueda
Kristen Martin
Kristin Slaney
Matthew Rossi
Tara Gallagher
Tejan Waszak

Film
Tejan Waszak

French
Sarah Goldberg 

Gender Studies
Candice Kail
Kristin Slaney
Leah Zander
Tejan Waszak 

Grammar
Elizabeth Walters
Jason Ueda
Kristen Martin
Matthew Rossi
Rob Verger

History
Cathy Zhu
Daniel Ralston
Leah Zander
Maria John

International Relations

Job Search Materials
Catherine Kirch 
Sue Mendelsohn

Italian Studies
Kristen Martin

Job Search Materials
Maria John
Rob Verger

Journalism
Elizabeth Walters
Kristen Martin
Rob Verger
Tara Gallagher
Tejan Waszak

Law

Linguistics
Alyssa Pelish

Literature Humanities
Jason Ueda
Kirkwood Adams
Leah Zander 

Literary Non-Fiction
Candice Kail
Elizabeth Walters
Kristen Martin
Matthew Rossi
Rob Verger
Tejan Waszak

Medicine & Nursing
Matthew Rossi

Mixed Media/Genre Projects
Sue Mendelsohn
Tejan Waszak

MLA Style
Elizabeth Walters
Jason Ueda
Kristen Martin
Max Uphaus
Sue Mendelsohn

Music
Catherine Kirch 

Music Humanities

Personal Statements
Alyssa Pelish
Elizabeth Bailey
Jason Ueda
Maria John
Rob Verger
Sam Chanse
Sue Mendelsohn
Tejan Waszak

Philosophy
Christine Susienka
Leah Zander

Poetry
Jason Ueda
Kirkwood Adams
Tejan Waszak

Political Science

Proposal & Grant Writing
Christine Susienka
Elizabeth Bailey
Leah Zander
Linh An
Maria John

Psychology
Catherine Kirch  

Publishing
Sarah Goldberg
Tara Gallagher

Science Writing
Alyssa Pelish
Candice Kail
Catherine Kirch 
Elizabeth Bailey
Rob Verger

Spanish
Daniel Ralston
Sarah Goldberg 

Technical Writing
Candice Kail 

Theatre/Playwriting
Kirkwood Adams
Kristin Slaney
Sam Chanse
Tejan Waszak

Thesis Writing
Christine Susienka
Linh An
Maria John
Sarah Goldberg 

Theology/Religious Studies
Tejan Waszak

University Writing
Alyssa Pelish
Catherine Kirch 
Elizabeth Walters
Jason Ueda
Kristen Martin
Kristin Slaney
Leah Zander
Matthew Rossi
Rob Verger
Sam Chanse
Sue Mendelsohn
Tara Gallagher

Web Writing
Candice Kail 

Writing for Mainstream Publications
Eizabeth Walters
Tara Gallagher

Biographies

 

Alyssa Pelish Kristin Slaney
Bridget Potter Leah Zander
Candice Kail Linh An
Catherine Kirch Maria John
Cathy Zhu Matthew Rossi
Christine Susienka Michael Keenan
Daniel Ralston Rob Verger
Elizabeth Bailey Sam Chanse
Elizabeth Walters Sarah Goldberg
Jason Ueda Sue Mendelsohn
Kat Savino Tara Gallagher
Kirkwood Adams Tejan Waszak
Kristen Martin Valerie Jacobs

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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’sSlate, 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. Specialties: literary analysis, linguistics, University Writing, creative writing, science writing, personal statements, English as a second language.

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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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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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Catherine Kirch (CK) 
Catherine Kirch (CK) earned her BA in English Literature and Cognitive Science at Boston University, and is currently pursuing her MFA in Fiction Writing at Columbia University, where she also teaches 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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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 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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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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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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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 Toast, Saveur, The Grief Diaries, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Cleaver Magazine, Philadelphia 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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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