Consultants K-Z


Kelly is a Las Vegas local who received her B.A. in English from UNLV. She is currently pursuing her M.A. in English with interests in Surrealism, Comparative Film & Literature, and Literary Theory, among others. She is passionate about film and video games, and enjoys working on film or literary analysis papers. Kelly worked as a Master Tutor and Mentor at the College of Southern Nevada prior to her time as a UNLV Writing Consultant.


Kevin is from Las Vegas, Nevada and graduated from UNLV with a bachelor's degree in professional writing. He has worked as a tutor, blogger, freelance writer/editor, and technical writer. While there are many genres of literature, his favorite to read is science fiction. Kevin welcomes all papers to the spotlight, but he especially enjoys working with scientific research papers dealing with psychology or biology. He is pleased and eager to pursue his M.A. in Literary Studies while teaching ENG 101 and tutoring. When he's not focused on academic work, Kevin enjoys hiking, bowling, playing racquetball, video games, or reading a good poem.


Leisa comes to UNLV from Boston. She earned her B.A. from Marymount Manhattan College in Theater and Creative Writing, and is currently pursuing her M.F.A. 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 especially loves papers with creative or personal elements.


Mark grew up in Oahu, Hawaii and completed his Bachelor’s in English at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. Currently, he is pursuing his M.F.A in Creative Writing at UNLV. He enjoys exploring diaspora narratives within Filipino communities in the United States. He also enjoys literature about the Filipino experience in the Philippines, especially texts that incorporate folk myths, magic realism, and the remnants of memory. Mark frequently deals with a pesky impulse to write down words for vocabulary purposes.


Marlan is from Visalia, California and received a BA in English from the University of Idaho. He has teaching experience with the University of Idaho's English Department. Now Marlan is pursuing a MFA at UNLV, where he also teaches First-Year English Composition. Whether he writes it or reads it, Marlan enjoys fiction in the horror and speculative genres. Outside of academia, Marlan likes cycling, video games, and cats. He is looking forward to working with students on creative writing, fiction, and experimental writing.


Mia is pursuing a bachelor's degree in psychology with a neuroscience minor at UNLV. Although Mia is originally from the Bay Area, she grew up in Hendrson, Nevada where she was a preschool teacher's assistant. Mia wants to obtain a PhD in neuropsychology and conduct research on memory and cognitive disorders. In her free time, she loves playing the piano, running, and baking. Mia enjoys working with all types of papers.


Mir is originally from Comilla, Bangladesh. He received a degree in International Relations from the University of Dhaka, and is a current M.F.A. student at UNLV. His interests include Postcolonial Literature, Magical Realism, and South Asian and Latin American Fiction. Besides English, Mir also speaks Bengali and Hindi.


A Las Vegas native, Paige joins the UNLV Writing Center as a former UNLV and CSN undergraduate student. She is currently pursuing her M.A in English and is especially fond of poetry and the works of Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe. For three years, Paige worked her magic through her previous employment at Disneyworld. Now, she enjoys helping writers master the sorcery that is writing, especially creative writing and poetry assignments.


Raluca is a native of Brasov, Romania. She completed her MA studies here, at UNLV, where she currently teaches composition classes. Raluca’s area of literary interest include American drama and theatre, with a special interest in Tennessee Williams. She is also a creative writer, experimenting with flash fiction and creative nonfiction. Outside of her academic and professional life, she enjoys yoga, camping, books, coloring with her baby boy, and drinking tea. She takes a special interest in the brainstorming process of any paper, but she also enjoys working with personal writing pieces and literature essays.


A native Las Vegas resident, Ruth graduated with a bachelor's in Fine Arts and is currently seeking an MFA in Poetry here at UNLV while teaching freshman composition. Ruth has several years of experience tutoring primary and middle school students in math and writing. Ruth enjoys working with papers of all kinds.


Sarah is from Chicago, Illinois. She received her English BA with a minor in anthropology from UNLV. Sarah is teaching ENG 101 while pursuing an MA in English. Her interests in writing are science fiction, horror, and fantasy. As a writing consultant, Sarah is excited to work on history papers, research papers, and brainstorming and paper planning.


Shannon is from Irvine, CA. She received her B.A. in English from the University of San Francisco, and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from UNLV. Shannon is currently studying for her PhD in Literary Studies. She has consistently taught ENG 101, ENG 102, and ENG 101 E/F, and was lucky enough to spend one year teaching English in Nagano, Japan. Her interests include Poetry, Fiction, Magical Realism, Critical Theory, and Comparative Literature. Shannon likes walking at the Wetlands Park and enjoys all types of papers!


Soni is from Kingston Jamaica. During her undergraduate days, she studied Journalism and Media Studies at UNLV, alongside coursework at The Culinary Institute of America. She truly adores words that splice together and form unforgettable sentences. She also enjoys working on personal statements, rhetorical compositions and scholarship essays, which are like candy for her brain. Not only a skilled writer, Soni is a classically trained chef who worked for Daniel Boulud in New York City.


Sotodeh is a Las Vegas local, who recently graduated from UNLV with an Honors degree in Biological Sciences. She has worked as research assistant for Biology labs, and was a guest lecturer for the Honors 400 Seminar on a Superheroes course. She currently works in a Biology lab here on campus, in addition to her time at the Writing Center. Sotodeh enjoys playing the violin and hiking in her free time. She looks forward to consulting with writers on all types of papers.


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 with a focus on 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: Spencer is a first-generation college grad, former Pell grant recipient, and current grad student. Also, squirrels. Seriously, he worships squirrels:


Steve was born and raised in Las Vegas. He received his bachelor's degree in English from UNLV, where he is currently pursuing an MA in English Literature. As a hobby, Steve writes screenplays because visual writing has always appealed to him. He believes that everyone has their own voice in the way they write and enjoys assisting students in finding and developing theirs.


Sylvia calls both Albany, OR and Fairview, TX her home. She received her undergraduate degree in interdisciplinary creative writing and political science from Loyola University of Maryland. Now, Slyvia is excited to continue pursuing her MFA in Fiction at UNLV, where she also teaches ENG 101. In addition to her teaching experience, Sylvia also worked as a writing consultant at Loyola Univeristy's Writing Center for one year.


Taha is from Kirkuk, Iraq and received his bachelor’s degree in English from UNLV. He is currently working towards his Master’s degree in English literature and is a graduate teaching assistant in the English department. Taha has spent time as a sub-teacher at an elementary school and spends his free time writing, drawing, and practicing martial arts. He enjoys working with writers drafting all kinds of essays.


Taylore, a Las Vegas native, got their bachelor's degree in English at UNLV, where they are currently pursuing an MA in English Literature and teaching ENG 101. Their areas of focus are African American Literature and Gender Studies.


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.


Vicki is originally from Posen, Illinois and received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with minors in Neuroscience and Creative Writing here at UNLV. She plans to pursue an M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy and get involved in neuropsychological research. Vicki loves working on projects at any stage of the writing process across the disciplines and looks forward to learning from writers. She wishes more writers would bring in personal statements, social science papers, and creative writing, especially poetry. For fun, Vicki enjoys eating all the Asian food, surrounding herself with good company, and driving near or far for a good concert (often Watsky's).