Karli earned her B.A. in English from UNLV, where she is continuing her studies in the M.F.A. Creative Writing program. She teaches ENG 101. Her areas of interest include contemporary poetry and Native American literature, as well as nonfiction and the exploration of topics such as semiotics, ecocriticism, gender studies, intersectionality, and transnationalism. Among her favorite authors are June Jordan, Vine Deloria Jr., and Carl Sagan. As a writing consultant, Karli is happy to work with papers from across the disciplines, in addition to creative projects, personal statements, and resumes.
Born and raised in Las Vegas, Layla graduated with a B.A in English. Layla enjoys literature anywhere from the classics to contemporary literary works. 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 in Japan before applying to graduate school to pursue an MFA in Fiction. 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.
Leisa comes to UNLV from Boston. She earned her BA from Marymount Manhattan College in Theater and Creative Writing, and is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing. Her interests within English include creative writing, poetry, and first year composition. She enjoys working with almost all papers at any stage in the writing process, but she especially loves papers with creative or personal elements.
Luke comes to UNLV by way of San Jose, California, where he completed his undergraduate degree in English at San Jose State University. After finishing his degree, Luke spent time teaching conversational English in Vietnam. Luke’s previous writing center experience includes stints at the San Jose State and De Anza College writing centers. Luke is currently pursuing an M.A. degree in English with a focus on composition theory. Luke sums up his interest in composition theory by pointing out, “Language is what humans use to experience the world. It is the filter through which we sieve our lives, and understanding it is therefore vital to understanding ourselves.” A former trombone player, Luke enjoys tabletop RPGs and reading detective fiction in his spare time. At the Writing Center, he enjoys working with writers composing resumes, bibliographies, personal essays, literature reviews, and poetry.
Raluca moved to Las Vegas from Brasov, Romania and earned her B.A. in Secondary Education here at UNLV. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in Literary Study. Raluca taught 9th and 10th grade English at Clark High School, 12th grade AP English at Durango High School, and English Language Arts, Creative Writing, and Publications at Somerset Academy. Raluca’s areas of interest in English include the impact of structural systems on individuals, self-alienation, and the psychology of literary characters. Her favorite author is Oscar Wilde. Raluca enjoys yoga, nature, cats, books, traveling, and creative writing. She is currently working on a novel and a volume of short stories. She likes to work with writers on all kinds of papers, but literature topics in particular.
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 can.
Spencer’s hometown is Pecan Hill, Texas, He went to Southwestern University and earned his degree in English. Currently, he is working toward earning his MFA in Creative Writing (Nonfiction). He currently teaches ENG 101 and has previously worked as a writing consultant at Debby Ellis Writing Center at Southwestern University and as a tutor at Texas State University Writing Center. He enjoys working with all of the papers--especially the papers that don't exist yet. Spencer is also interested in creative nonfiction, immersion memoir/journalism, travel writing, dystopian fiction (i.e. Current Events), technical communication, and digital rhetoric. Interesting facts: he is a first-generation college grad, former Pell grant recipient, and grad student. Also, squirrels. Seriously, he worships squirrels: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/ms-pearl-the-worlds-largest-squirrel-statue
Tamar is originally from San Diego, California and earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Southern Oregon University. She is currently pursuing an M.A. degree in English at UNLV. Her research interests include: Folklore, Inklings studies, feminist theory, mythology, spiritual texts, and Gothic literature. A former workplace trainer and assistant manager, Tamar is looking forward to working with all kinds of writers at the UNLV Writing Center. Tamar believes that passion is essential to writing, and she says, “I love listening to people discuss what they're passionate about, so if you enjoy your topic I will too!” Tamar is also double-jointed in her thumbs, can drive a stick shift, and is a self-professed shoe snob.
Tim is a writer of fictions and poems with experience as a writing consultant all the way back to his undergraduate program. He has worked in multiple writing centers over a period of six years. He has taught courses in composition, business writing, and creative writing. It might seem weird, but his favorite writing projects to work with are resumes. They are just endlessly fascinating to him. Regardless, he enjoys working all types of writers on all types of writing.
Tyler is from Plum City, Wisconsin and earned his degree from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls in English and Creative Writing. He is currently working towards an M.F.A in Creative Writing here at UNLV. He has three years of professional consulting experience. Tyler’s interests in English are in poetry and fiction. He is also a gamer. He likes to work with writers on personal essays and creative writing.
Vicki is originally from Posen, Illinois and is currently 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.
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.