Alex is from Elkhorn, NE. She earned her B.A. in
English from Northwest Missouri State University. While there, she also spent
three years working in their writing center. She has tutored a variety of
subjects, and taught English in Cheongju, South Korea. She is interested in
Northern Renaissance Literature such as Erasmus’ “Praise of Folly” and Thomas
More’s Utopia. Alex enjoys, “watching old musicals, camping in the summer,
going to small town rodeos, and reading (of course).”
Alice is a graduate of Gonzaga University where she studied
English Writing. Originally from Port Angeles, Washington, she has come to UNLV
to study poetry in the M.F.A. program and teach ENG 101. Prior to working as a
writing consultant and instructor, Alice tutored at Spokane Falls Community
College. In her free time she enjoys painting and playing music.
Angelo is from Metro Detroit and graduated from
Columbia College Chicago where he received a B.A. in creative writing–poetry
with a Teaching Artist minor. Currently, he is pursuing his M.F.A. in poetry
and teaching ENG 101. He is interested in modernist poetry, Black Mountain
College, letter writing, postmodernist philosophy, pedagogy, and experimental
poetics. In his spare time, Angelo enjoys painting, landscaping/gardening,
walking, and making collages. He has a cactus named Ziggy.
Ariana is from West Grove, PA and received her
B.A. in English from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. As a consultant,
she likes working with all kinds of papers. She has experience teaching ENG 101
& 102 and is currently an M.F.A. candidate in creative writing. She grew up
with horses, so she loves all things equestrian. She also enjoys reading poetry
& fiction, making lists, and hiking.
Ashley Jagodzinski is originally from Toledo, Ohio.She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in
English from Bowling Green State University, and is currently pursuing a PhD in
English at UNLV. She has taught ENG 101, 102, 231, 231S, 232, 242, and 449A.
Her interests in the field of English are in Nineteenth-century British and
American literature, Gothic literature, and postmodernism. Ashley loves reading
world literature essays, film analyses, pop culture essays, and persuasive
texts. Additionally, she loves music and high-end headphones, and says she has
an unhealthy fascination with murder mysteries and unsolved disappearances.
Carrieann is a UNLV alumna who majored in
English and film. Currently, she is an M.F.A. studying creative writing and
teaching ENG 102. She is interested
in the American short story as well as surrealism. Her other interests include
film, writing, going to museums, and Russian formalism.
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Elee Oak earned her
M.F.A. in creative writing from UNLV in the spring of 2017. She writes poetry,
short stories and angry essays. She earned her BFA from The School of Visual
Arts in NYC, with an emphasis on video, performance and installation work. She has
been a writing center consultant and English instructor at UNLV for the past
four years. At UNLV she has taught ENG 101 and Creative Writing. Prior to
attending and working at UNLV, she taught creativity based classes for over 35
years. Her areas of expertise and interest are the arts, homelessness/institutional
living, African-American literature, feminist literature, queer theory, and
critical race theory. Elee loves gardening, jasmine tea, cooking, her two cats,
her son, all her students, and dancing with Veronica.
Francis is an UNLV alumna, earning his B.A. in
English with a Creative Writing emphasis. He is currently pursuing his M.A. in
English Literature. He enjoys fiction short story and novels, poetry, and film.
He writes both academic essays and fiction. His literary interests have
gravitated towards feminist and queer theory as well as Early Modern and 19th
century British literature. His fiction and film interests tend towards fantasy
and science fiction, especially themes of magic, artificial intelligence, and
Funke is from Lagos, Nigeria. She earned her
B.A. in chemistry/education as well as a master's in managerial psychology. She
is currently earning her M.F.A. in creative writing and has taught ENG 101
Gabrielle is an undergraduate studying Journalism & Media
Studies. She moved to Las Vegas from Monument, Colorado, and is loving her
college experience so far. She has always had a passion for English, especially
grammar and mechanics. She began working at the Writing Center in the fall of
2016 and has found from this experience as a Writing Consultant that she works
well with others, and collaborates with writers until a solution is found to
their concerns. Argumentative essays are her strong suit because she can easily
help writers to formulate thesis statements. She is outgoing and energetic, and
is looking forward to the next four years at UNLV.
Greg is from nearby Henderson,
NV. He spent his undergrad at UNLV, where he earned a degree in anthropology.
Now, Greg is pursuing his M.A. in Literature and teaching ENG 101. He is
interested in Victorian and early 19th-century American & British fiction.
Greg also enjoys Japanese media and video games.
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Jesse is originally from
St. George, UT. He earned his B.S. in English at Dixie State University and is a graduate of UNLV’s Master of Arts program
with a focus in American literature. He has been a Writing Center consultant
for almost three years, and enjoys working on all types of papers. Jesse is in
the throes of preparing applications for PhD programs where he would like to
continue his work on the publication practices of authors, and how these
practices influence the formation of their books. In his free time, Jesse
enjoys reading comics and graphic novels, and discussing them on his newly
formed podcast, “comics obscura,” with his friend and fellow UNLV graduate
student Tim Buchanan.
Kayla D. is originally from Las
Vegas and earned her B.A. in English at UNLV. She is currently teaching ENG 101
and working toward her M.A. in English. Kayla is “interested in 19th and 20th
century literature, but especially enjoys Jane Austen and Ralph Waldo Emerson.”
In her free time, Kayla likes reading and exploring the city she calls home.
Kayla M. recently
earned her M.F.A. in creative writing from UNLV. She has been a writing center
consultant and English instructor for the past three years, and has taught ENG
101, 102, 205, and 407A . She is originally from Jonesboro, GA. As an
undergrad, she attended Agnes Scott College where she majored in English
Literature-creative writing and minored in Women's Studies. Her areas of
interest are African-American literature, feminist literature, queer theory,
the Gothic, the abject, literary theory, and critical race theory. Kayla loves
coffee, glitter, karaoke, and her English bulldog, FILA. Most days you can find
Kayla wearing some form of leopard print.
Like many of UNLV’s students,
Kevin immigrated to the US. Having grown up in the Philippines, he never
thought that he would attain a degree in English Literature from a university
in the desert, but his passion for the literary arts (a passion kindled after
receiving Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone as a gift in the second grade)
motivated him to pursue a master’s degree in literature. Kevin also never
thought that he would teach ENG 101 and 102, but he realized he enjoys
discussing texts and helping students learn the rigors of effective writing.
During his spare time, Kevin likes to draw, dance and watch films--but only if
he manages to peel himself away from his iPhone.
Born and raised in Las Vegas,
Layla is currently majoring in English. She plans to attend graduate school to
pursue an M.F.A. in creative writing. Layla enjoys literature anywhere from the
classics to contemporary literary works. Her favorite authors are Haruki
Murakami and Khaled Hosseini. As a writing consultant, Layla enjoys working
with all types of papers and diligent students. She is very comfortable working
with multilingual writers and even desires to teach English abroad.Fun facts:
Layla is of Mexican/Afghani descent. She has two bunnies named Mochi and Kuma
(who love bananas). Layla is also an extreme strawberry shortcake enthusiast.
Mackenzie is currently an
undergraduate studying psychology and neuroscience at UNLV. He was born and
raised in Las Vegas and hopes to attend graduate school in clinical
neuropsychology. He’s eager to work with any students but he has particular
expertise with APA-style papers. Mackenzie is also doing research at the Lou
Ruvo Brain Institute here in Las Vegas. In addition to his interest in
neuroscience, Mackenzie also likes to beatbox.
A Ph.D. candidate who is currently revising his dissertation on
spatial theory in reference to Beat authors and culture, Mike is a life-long
writer who has been published in alternative weeklies as well as academic
journals. Mike enjoys working with student writers because
he believes that the written word can be a powerful tool that everyone should
be able to use effectively. Moreover,
no two writers are alike. Thus, no two consultations are alike which means that
there is always the possibility of learning something new.
A resident of the Las Vegas area since 1997, Scott received his BA in English and his MFA in
Creative Writing from UNLV. He has 10 years of tutoring experience, and has
taught English 101, 102, and 205. He loves reading contemporary novels and
creative nonfiction, and is currently working on his first book. When he’s not
reading or writing, he frequents movie theaters and coffee shops, likes to
watch basketball and old movies on TV, and takes long walks whenever he
Shannon is originally from Baltimore, MD, where she earned her BA in English and
an MA in English Literature from Notre Dame of Maryland University. Currently
studying poetry in UNLV's MFA program, she is also a graduate assistant and has
taught ENG 101, 102, and 407A (business writing). As a writing consultant, Shannon is most comfortable discussing literary analyses or argument
papers, though she is happy to work with any student on any assignment. In her
free time, she enjoys feminist literature, superheroes, singing to herself, and
winning prizes from claw machines.
Vicki Stanley is originally from Posen, Illinois and is
currently in her third year working toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology
here at UNLV.Vicki enjoys reading
Romantic literature; especially first and second generation romantic poets;
Existentialist literature; Contemporary Postmodern poetry and fiction; and
poetry. She has a wide variety of hobbies including playing video games,
writing poetry, and attending rock concerts and pop culture conventions.She says she probably (too frequently)
has a Watsky song playing in her head.Vicki is also a fan of the Japanese language and culture. She enjoys
working with students on a wide variety of topics from any field of study using
both MLA and APA formats.Vicki
also enjoys working with creative writing, such as poetry and short stories.
Zach comes from Fort Smith AR.
As an undergraduate, he studied English and anthropology at the University of
Arkansas. He is currently teaching ENG 101 and earning his M.F.A. in creative
writing. His interests include modern speculative fiction and/or magical
realism, like Amelia Gray, Karen Russell, and Octavia Butler. He has tutored
students of all ages in reading comprehension and writing in both Austin, TX
and Henderson, NV. He’s looking forward to working on papers “within the realm
of cultural anthropology, sociology, gender studies or queer theory, as well as
any papers about modern literature.” Zach also enjoys hiking, cooking Thai
food, and forcing others to listen to his karaoke.