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Spring 2014 Consulting Staff


Aaron

Aaron is a poet, essayist, and editor living in Murfreesboro, TN, where he is pursuing a PhD in English Literature with a concentration in Popular Culture and American Literature at Middle Tennessee State University. Aaron has a long history with MTSU. After receiving his Master's there in 2010, he went on to teach at the university as a full-time instructor, facilitating courses in composition, Jewish American Literature, and Jewish Culture and Civilization, while also working as a mentor for MTSU's Writer's Loft. Today, Aaron is a Writing Consultant with MTSU's Writing Center. Aaron is a recipient of the Michael Hauptman Poetry Prize, a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, a Paul Muldoon Poetry Fellowship, and the Tennessee Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Award, as well as the Virginia Peck Award; he recently co-authored Writing: The Sacred Art, with his father, Rabbi Rami Shapiro, and his work has also appeared in Teaching in the Pop Culture Zone, Collage Magazine, and The Mangrove Review.

Aaron 

 




Brandon 

Brandon

I received my B.A. in English from MTSU, and I am now working on my M.A. in English. I also co-lead a creative writing group sponsored by the writing center, which I enjoy immensely. My spare time is spent with the guitar, a camera, or a pen and pad. I think movies are great fun, especially quotable ones because they drive my friends mad. I enjoy reading fiction (especially books by Stephen King) and writing it, too. In between my academic studies and playing music, I'm usually browsing a bookstore with a cup of coffee in hand.

 


 

 

Katherine

Hi, my name is Katherine. I've just completed my BA in English from MTSU, and now I'm starting Round 2 with my M.Ed in Instruction and Curriculum- Secondary Education. I'm a big advocate of 10-second dance parties and awkward, bad dancing, and I am quite good at untying knots. Working at the UWC has been my favorite job to date, so I can't wait to work with you!

Katherine

 


 

Will 

Will

I am a first year M.A. student concentrating in 16th and 17th century English literature. If there were world enough and time, I would study several languages and national literatures. There is not enough time. So I read Shakespeare for school and leave my other literary loves - Homer, Cervantes, Melville, Tolstoy - for later.

 


 

Beth

Hi! I'm Beth, a native of Memphis and lover of all things odd and strange. I major in PR and double minor writing and business law. I enjoy long walks on the beach, cooking, and spending time with my dog, Chevy.

Beth

 


 

Tatiana

Tatiana

Hello, I'm Tatiana. You can call me Tati, but please, no references to tater tots. I'm a third year undergrad, working towards a BA in English with a concentration in secondary education and a minor in Spanish. I hope to be a high school English teacher someday soon (yes, I am fully aware that I'm nuts). I love reading, writing, and hacking my best friend's Netflix account. I rewatch The Office episodes to laugh and eat maraschino cherries to cheer myself up. I own too many books that I can't bear to get rid of - believe me, I've tried. Outside of the writing center and classes, you can find me sleeping or reading. Most likely sleeping though.

 

  


 

Mark P.

My name is Mark and I've been writing my way through college since the Fall of 2010. Science Fiction and Modern American literature are my top two favorite literary genres. Outside of the Writing Center, I have an extremely active lifestyle and encourage my peers to find time for exercise in their busy lives. My close friends would describe me as old-fashioned, always taking more traditional approaches to complex problems. When I'm not reading or running around town, cooking for myself is very important. Striking a balance between work and rest is my secret to high productivity during each semester. I love that I have the opportunity to meet students in various parts of the writing process. Academic writing can be enriching and imaginative with the right type of collaboration. My enthusiasm for creative writing is unlimited and believing in a student's potential creates equally limitless possibilities for both the student and myself.

 Mark P

  


 

  


 

Sarah

I am a second-year masters student at MTSU who loves reading, drinking coffee, hiking, and watching reruns of The Office. I plan to write and defend a thesis in the area of Southern literature. Some of my more impressive skills include baking amazing chocolate chip cookies and naming every country in Africa from memory. I love tutoring in the Writing Center and look forward to working with students on any aspect of their writing in any stage of the writing process.

Sarah 

   


 

Cori

Cori

I'm a third year doctoral student focusing on various aspects of popular culture, but I primarily work with television directed toward women ages 12-34. (That basically means I watch a lot of TV involving people with successful professional lives but scandalous personal ones.) For my dissertation, I'll be looking at the recent wave of television dramas set in small towns and other parts of everyday America--including one set in my home state of Alabama!

Some of my favorite things: music festivals and concerts, used book and record stores, traveling, board games, naps, Sun Drop, and hanging out with my (fairly large) family. And obviously, television.

 



Lauren W.

Hi! I'm majoring in English and minoring in Russian Studies and Political Science. I enjoy history, trivia, generally trivial things, and Gorbachev. I don't like beaches, and I own a Henry VIII nesting doll. It  has his six wives in it.

Lauren W 

 


 

Erica

 

Erica

Hey, I'm Erica. I'm a 1st year PhD student concentrating in Children's and Victorian literature. I got my BA in Philosophy here at MTSU and my MA in English specializing in Children's literature at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Basically, this means that I spend way too much of my time reading Harry Potter and the like! Still, I love it and wouldn't change it for the world--even if it makes me the biggest nerd according to my family.


 

 Megan


I am an experienced English teacher, eager to help MTSU students tackle all kinds of writing issues. I'm also excited to be a student again! When I'm not on campus, I am usually at home with my reading buddy (a lazy greyhound named Callie) or occasionally running around Nashville admiring the work of our (many) talented local songwriters.

Megan


 

Morgan

 

Morgan


I earned both my Bachelors in English and Masters in English from Tennessee Technological University. For the past four years, I have worked as a Composition and Literature adjunct instructor at Motlow State Community College. In 2012, I won the Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award from Motlow, and in 2013, I received an Excellence Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development. I'm a first year doctoral student, and I love to study debutantes in literature.

 


 

Lauren 

Hi there! My name is Lauren, and I'm pursuing my Master's of Arts in English. My literary interests include children's literature, with a particular emphasis on British children's classics, as well as the cross-cultural study of folk and fairy tales and their adaptations. Currently, I am in the thesis phase of my academic work, so I understand all too well the pressure that goes along with writing. After graduation next year I have plans to continue with my doctorate, and I aspire to ultimately teach literature at the college level.

 

Lauren P

Arlo

Arlo

 

My name is Arlo, and I graduated with my BA in English from MTSU in 2009. Since then I've worked as a tutor and teacher at VolState Community College. My interests include piano and other instruments, Jack Russell terriers and sports that don't involve much running. I love to read pulp, and I love nothing more than writing about literature.


 

Michael

Hello--my name is Michael. I grew up in Lexington, KY, but I've been in Nashville since 2001. I received my B.A. and M.A. at Western Kentucky University where both my parents graduated in 1969. Now, I am a third year Ph.D. student, studying critical theory and researching print material culture of the Tudor period and its relationship to the Reformation. I am a musician, and I play several instruments--I have a wide and eclectic variety of musical tastes, but my favorites include The Who, Tom Waits, The Pogues, Elvis Costello, Kate Bush, Doug Sahm, Dylan, Wilco, Todd Snider, and Gram Parsons. While I love studying and reading literature, I also really love to write, and I love teaching writing and helping people become better writers. I have presented conference papers at the Pop Culture Assocation of the South, the Kentucky Philological Association, and the American Comparative Literature Association and I recently was the recipient of the MTSU Wolfe writing award. Come see me. We'll chat. Bring something you wrote.

 

Michael

Tom

 Tom

Comics, Rap Music, Basketball, and God. That's about it.


Autumn

I am a fourth year Ph.D. student specializing in early and nineteenth-century American literature. I received my B.A. from the University of Virginia's College at Wise in 2008 and my M.A. from Virginia Tech (go Hokies!) in 2010. I love mountains, fall (aka pumpkin weather), tennis, cupcakes, and my Scottish Terrier, Biscotti

Autumn

 


 

Mark B.

Mark is a working on his Masters in English and has been at the Writing Center since Fall of 2012.  He also co-leads the Creative Writing Group on campus.  He's recently published a book called MultiModal & Meta, and has presented at several conferences (TuColla and the International Writing Center Association) for both his work in Writing Center and has been featured in MTSU Scholar's week for his creative writing.

 

 

Mark

Dennis

 

Dennis

As a 2nd year PhD student, Dennis can (and will) be an excellent tutor for all students.  He has a thorough mastery of all 24 letters of the alphabet, many of the punctuation marks, and several parts of speech. He can offer useful guidance on all elements of stylistic usage, believing in a pure democracy of grammatical formulations—except non-restrictive clauses, since he may be slightly (slightly!) superstitious about whiches. On a more conspiratorial level, he believes that infinites should always be split because, quite frankly, you never know what they're up to, and it's suspicious that they're always together. In his spare time, Dennis enjoys scratch-off lottery tickets.  Obviously.


Mo

Lover of green tea, children's books, and nineteenth-century American literature. Believer of conceptual metaphors and the right amount of adventure. Often dressed for combat.

Mo

 

Israel

Israel

I am currently working on my doctorate in modern British and post-colonial literature. I am especially interested in Australian literature and Indigenous studies. I hold a Master of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Arts in English and theatre from East Tennessee State University. My Masters thesis was entitled "Black and White on Black: Whiteness and Masculinity in the Works of Three Australian Writers—Thomas Keneally, Colin Thiele, and Patrick White." My areas of research include: whiteness and masculinity studies, queer theory, Indigenous land rights, and literature of diaspora. I love traveling. I have visited Australia twice as well as many parts of the United States. Besides academia, I am a lover of music, including singer-songwriters, '70s soul, funk, and disco, '70s pop, Motown, Australian rock, New Wave, show tunes, TV themes and film scores, Britpop, and classic rock. I am interested as well in books, history, indie films, horticulture, animal rights activism, politics, Broadway, Watergate, Oscar trivia, Dallas, and the western mythos. I am a classically trained singer and my favorite film is Harold & Maude.


 

Taffy

Taffy is an alumnus of Middle Tennessee State University's English department (with concentrations in Creative Writing and Theatre) and is a product of the school's Buchanan Fellowship. She has published two novels: Stoodie (2007) and The Last (2011, as her Honors thesis). Taffy has also been featured in several issues of MTSU's literary journal Collage, in the poetry anthology Time and Tradition published by Twin Oaks Press, and several other literary and academic publications. She has won many awards for her writing, including multiple Future Problem Solving Program International awards for Scenario Writing, the Martha Hixon Creative Expression Award (Fall 2008 and Fall 2013), and the award for the Confucius Institute's 2013 Chinese Writing Competition. Taffy has taught Creative Writing to young writers for several years and also has six years' ESL/EFL teaching experience. She is now a graduate English student at MTSU and also a writer for Moli Shuang Yu ("Magical Bilingual"), a bilingual children's magazine stationed in Hangzhou, China. Aside from all of this mess, she also really enjoys watching YouTube and keeping up with dumb Internet memes. You can haz guud writing skillz if yoo come see mee!

 

Taffy

 

Sally

Sally

I am a fourth-year PhD student studying adolescent literature and 19th-century American literature. I received my BA from NMU in Writing with a minor in Business Administration, and my MA from ISU in English Studies. When I'm not teaching, studying, or reading, I love to spend time with my cats, baking cookies, or playing video games. My favorite season is Autumn and I although I'm not a fan of cold weather, I definitely miss the snow of the Midwest.

 


Cory

I'm an M.A. student who reads too much David Foster Wallace and too many books chock-full of mind-crushing philosophies—to the extent a freaky sort of amalgamated-enlightened-dysphoria envelopes my insipient mind. When not intoxicated from the aforementioned psychic pain, I like to watch hockey, which isn't as weird as you might think. I'm Canadian, eh.

Cory

 

 


 

khristeena I am a second year PhD student. I specialize in 20th century American literature and film and have a passion for literature from New Orleans.

 

 

Mary

I was born in Franklin, Tennessee where I graduated from Franklin High School in 2004. Since then, I've earned a B.A. in English with an minor in Secondary Education and an M.S. in English Education at UT-K. I complete my teaching internship at Central High School in Knox County in 2009 while earning my Tennessee teaching certification. At Independence High School at Thompson's Station, Tennessee, I taught Junior English and Read 180 and additionally acted as yearbook sponsor.

Though I loved teaching, I missed the intellectual stimulation of the university environment, so I'm now back in school here at MTSU, working on a terminal M.A. in English. I'm planning to write my thesis on the French philosopher Julia Kristeva—don't ask me about it if you don't want to listen to me go on for a good long time.

Anyway, I'm passionate about most areas of language arts, ranging from creative writing to poetry to modern and postmodern texts.

My research interests include critical theory, (history of) rhetoric., postcolonial literature, and feminist theory.

The only thing I care more about (at work) than my subject area, though, is my students. Come by and see me! It'll make my day.

Mary

Katherine

Katherine

I am a second-year Masters student and am interested in many topics ranging from rhetoric, composition, critical theory, and Renaissance prose and poetry. Right now, I am planning on writing my thesis on the intersection of philosophy and rhetoric in the eighteenth century. As far as personal hobbies are concerned, I am pretty generic and enjoy eating, yoga, sleeping, reading, and watching movies. I did forget to mention one of my other favorite hobbies, which is extraordinary—tutoring in the writing center! I love every sort of session from creative brainstorming to editing and look forward to meeting you.


Greta

Hi, my name is Greta and I'm a first year MA student studying English.  I received my BA in English from MTSU in 2012.  I love reading, Sun-Drop and my two little boys - Ian and Finn.  You can find me with my nose in a book or my Kindle at most any time.  I'm also a huge Game of Thrones fan.  Winter is coming!!

Greta

 

Jacquelyn

Jacquelyn

Greetings. My name is Jacquelyn. I'm a second year PhD student focusing on women's literature on both sides of the Atlantic during the nineteenth century. I am passionate about Jane Austen, theatre, music, most things British and all things mint-chocolate. Writing is a gift and a tool and I delighted to come along side all those searching to use it.


Jessica

I earned my B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a double major in English and Creative Writing and my M.A. from Eastern Illinois, where my thesis explored the relationship between one of my favorite television shows, Mad Men, and the literature of the 1960s. Now I am a second year Ph.D. student. My research interests include pop culture and culture studies.

When not reading and writing about literature, I love to binge watch on Netflix, listen to music, bake and cook, play video games, and cuddle with my adorable Shih Tzu Holly.

Jessica

 

Alex

I'm a second year M.A. student constantly torn between the Romantics and various aspects of Popular Culture.  They're more related than you think, and you probably don't want to ask me about it too much because I'll tell probably tell you.  Otherwise, I'm spectacularly uninteresting and hate writing anything biographical, though I love writing almost anything else, and you don't want to ask me about that either.  I also like dogs.  That's important.


 

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