Consultants K-Z


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.


Katie is a Las Vegas local who received her B.A. in English from UNLV. She is currently studying for her M.F.A. in Creative Writing with a focus on Poetry. She also teaches ENG 101 here on campus, and is interested in all things writing and literature. Her outside interests include dachshunds, golden retrievers, and tea. She is excited to work with all writers on Literature papers and more.


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.


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.


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. He is currently pursuing an M.A. 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.


Nick is originally from Birmingham, AL. He is a current M.F.A. in Creative Writing focusing on Poetry. Prior to UNLV, Nick received English and Film degrees from Texas Christian University. Nick has also been a High School English tutor, Improv Instructor, and ESL teacher in Athens, Greece. Other than his work as an educator, Nick has dived with great white sharks (his favorite animal) in South Africa. He is happy to work with writers on all types of papers, as long as the writer has put in some preparation and is open to feedback.


Renee is a UNLV alumna born and raised in Las Vegas. She is currently seeking an M.A. in English at UNLV while also teaching ENG 101. She enjoys reading Victorian literature and YA fiction. Some of her favorite authors include Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, and John Green. When it comes to writing, she enjoys helping students with literary analysis and research papers. She takes particular interest in the brainstorming/outlining stages of writing.


Johnson City, TN is the hometown of Writing Center consultant Sarah who is currently pursuing her M.F.A. in Creative Writing here at UNLV. She previously studied at Carson-Newman University where she received degrees in English and Psychology. Sarah also worked as a writing consultant for 2 years at Carson-Newman’s Writing Center. As a retired gymnast, she can often be found stretching weirdly in public and dancing aggressively.


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:


Sylvia is from both Albany, OR and Fairview, TX. She received degrees in Interdisciplinary Creative Writing and Political Science from Loyola University of Maryland, where she also worked at the campus Writing Center. She is a current M.F.A. Creative Writing student with a focus on Fiction. Sylvia also teaches ENG 101 for the UNLV English department.


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.


Tyler is from Plum City, Wisconsin and earned his Bachelor's degrees 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. Tyler likes to work with writers on personal essays and creative 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).