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.
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
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.