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Fall 2014 Consulting Staff

 

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.

 


 

Mark B.

Mark is currently a Master’s student and English Teacher at MTSU.  He has focused much of his research on multimodal composition (incorporating imagery, audio, video, and other design choices into our definition of writing).  This is Mark’s third year in the Writing Center, and secretly he is running a campaign for a position as president of the universe. He also leads the Creative Writing Group at the Writing Center which currently meets at 8:00PM on Monday in the Writing Center.

 

Mark B. 

 


 

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.


 

Lava

My name is Lava. I am a Ph.D. student. I received my M.A. from the University of New Hampshire. I am somewhat outdoorsy. When I am not reading, I enjoy cooking cool things. You will probably find me sitting in one of the Writing Center's corners.

 Lava 


 

 

Will B. 

 

 Will B.

I am a second year master’s student focusing on American poetry.  I have taught and tutored writing at Motlow State Community College and am working toward preparing myself for a post-MTSU MFA.  I enjoy the process of writing and look for ways to help others improve their craft.  You can find me on weekend mornings in full Chelsea regalia, following the soap-opera that is English futbol.

 


 

Jenn

Jenn has a master's degree in European history and is now pursuing her English Ph.D.​ with a focus on medievalism and popular culture.  Her research interests include dead people and dead languages, Marvel superheroes, fan fiction, and geek culture.

 
Jenn 

 


 

Greta

Greta

​Hi, my name is Greta and I'm a second 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!!​


 Jonny

Hello, my name is Jonny. I received my B.A. in English at Vanderbilt University with a specialization in Animal Studies. I am the author of numerous acclaimed books as well as a publisher and editor. I have worked with best-selling authors David Clement-Davies and Catherynne Valente, and I have spoken with Gillian Flynn and R. L. Stine. When I'm not reading or writing, I am usually playing piano with my dog Temerita curled up next to me.

Jonny 

 


 

Amy

 Amy

Amy is a first year Ph.D. student who studies rhetoric and folklore.

She began teaching at Kansas State University in 2009, and has been an active writing facilitator and literacy advocate ever since. Amy believes in the power of strong coffee, Melville, and music. Her small army of cats will attest to this.


Tatiana

I'm a senior English major with a double minor in Secondary Education and Spanish. This year I'm working at student teaching, and I'll be graduating in May. Hopefully, anyways. I've been with the writing center for almost four years now, as a tutor for going on two. I love it here, and as a future high school English teacher, I want to set up a writing center at the high school level. I love books (big surprise there), maraschino cherries, watching “The Office,” and my sisters. You can usually find me haunting the halls of Peck, rushing across campus to the COE, or here at the writing center.

 Tatiana

Capron 

Capron

I am a Ph.D. student whose academic pursuits focus on critical theory, particularly masculinities, and American literature. I love the arts, and really enjoy spending my rare moments of free time with my amazing wife and our dog. I’m also a vegetarian/borderline vegan who has a love/hate relationship with exercise and I really dig gaming too.


 

Beth

Oh hi! I’m Beth, a 21-year-old film production major and writing minor. I graduate from the undergrad program in May and will start on my MFA next fall. Some of my hobbies include making films, writing scripts, playing with my dog, and assisting writers with everyday writing issues. Most people assume that we only assist with English assignments at the Writing Center, but tutors like me love helping with multimodal, creative projects. Come see me and we’ll hash out all those tricky commas and figure out what exactly a semi-colon does!

 Beth

Caroline 

Caroline

Caroline is a first semester MTSU English graduate assistant. Although this is her first semester working at the Writing Center, she has three semesters of previous experience from Lipscomb University’s Writing Studio. Caroline has an A.S. in psychology and a B.A. in English literature. She fell two measly hours shy of an education minor. As an English major, she has always enjoyed reading (mainly modern British and southern American literature) and writing (usually poetry and short stories). When not reading, writing, studying and working as a consultant in the Writing Center, she can be found drawing or painting, watching Netflix, or spending time with her musician, Canadian spouse (Toby), adorable coonhound (Molly), and amusing manx (Mr. Nubs).

 


 

Phillip

Phillip was born an infant to his adult mother. He grew up to be a human man who learned to read and write. He also became an expert at tying shoes, telling time, and brushing teeth. Eventually, Phillip used these acquired skills to go to university. What a shredder.

Phillip 

RachelD

Rachel D.

My name is Rachel, and I received my BA from Lipscomb in 2007 and my MA from MTSU in 2013. In between those two things, I taught high school for a hot minute and was on Jeopardy! (see dated photo for proof. I'm sure it's also on YouTube somewhere.) I’m in my first year of the English Ph.D. program, where I’ll be focusing on Disability Studies and Victorian lit, but I also can quote lines from Remember the Titans, 30 Rock, and Mean Girls from memory. In my non-school life I love college football, writing creative nonfiction, watching ESPN 30 for 30  documentaries, cooking, crafts, and hanging out with my puppy, Copper.


 

David

I am currently pursuing a degree in English with minors in creative writing and linguistics. I will be co-leading the Conversation group that is sponsored by the writing center. I spend my spare time working on new short stories and poems, and when I am not doing that I can be found reading or sitting out having conversations in the quad. My favorite books include the Bible and The Kingdom that Turned the World Upside Down. I also thoroughly enjoy any short story written by Tolstoy or Johnny Ruhl.

David 

 

Mark P. 

 

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, I am cooking for myself. Striking a balance between work and rest is my secret to high productivity during each semester. At the Writing Center, I love having the opportunity to collaborate with students. Academic writing can be enriching and imaginative with the right type of teamwork. My enthusiasm for creative writing is unlimited and believing in a student's potential creates equally limitless possibilities for both the student and myself.

 


Morgan

Hi, I’m Morgan.  I’m a fourth-year doctoral student, concentrating on Children’s and Adolescent Literature and the Victorian era. 

Animal lover.  Poet and poet’s soul.  Hallowe’en.  Granddaughters.  Friends.  Winter.  Invention.  Angry Birds.  Rain and water.  That’s me.

 

Morgan 

 StarShield

 

StarShield

StarShield lives in Murfreesboro, TN where she cleans houses during the day and writes poetry at night.  A student of Native American Shamanic and Toltec traditions for over 15 years, her poetry often reflects the sacred journey of Life by exploring the process Becoming.  She has self-published two chapbooks, Voices In My Heart (Pure Heart Press) in 2007 and Graceful Storm (Create Space) in 2014, along with a small volume of jaguar stories titled The Jaguar Diaries (Create Space). StarShield is currently at work on her M. A. in English at Middle Tennessee State University and working on a collection of poems based on the photography of Bruce Davidson.

 


Traci

Hi! I'm a first year Ph.D student focusing on Children's Literature and Popular Culture. I received my Bachelor's from MTSU and my Master's at UNC Charlotte. My main form of communication is pop culture references. I enjoy reading, writing, discovering new music, and anything Joss Whedon.

Traci 

Matthew

Matt

I am a first year PhD student with a deep interest in literary theory and post-WWII American literature. I received BAs in English and History from the University of Kentucky and an MA in English from Eastern Kentucky University. In case you couldn't tell from my previous schools, I'm a proud Kentuckian who cares way too much about how well young men place a ball through a hoop.


 

Margaret

I've been a doctoral student at MTSU since the summer of 2010. My primary specialty is American Literature 1910 to Present, and my secondary specialty is Film Studies. Currently, I'm beginning work on my dissertation, and its working title is Carson McCullers and the Modernist Aesthetic. After October 25, I will be ABD because, gosh darn it, I WILL pass my Preliminary Examinations!

Margaret

Jesse

Jesse

Hi, my name is Jesse. I’m a senior at MTSU working towards a BA in English literature and a minor in global studies. I’m an open minded individual who enjoys discussing philosophy, film, and literature. Subject to wanderlust, I plan on spending my time after graduation exploring the globe and teaching English along the way. 


 

Rachel B.

Hey, I'm Rachel! I'm a curious earthling journeying through the universe with an open heart and an open mind. A first year M.A. student, I enjoy writing and pretty much anything having to do with the written word--especially Classic American Literature, short stories, and poetry. I love discussions on cosmology, learning about physics and philosophy, and my mischievous Husky, Finn and sassy lounge cat, Maceo.

 RachelB

 


Brandyn

Brandyn

Hello, my name is Brandyn and I am a first year MA student studying English Literature, with an interest in American Naturalism and the American Gothic. I received my BA in English and a Film Studies minor from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. I love to read and am a huge fan of just about anything pop culture related. If I had to list only two, my favorite authors would be Ray Bradbury and Neil Gaiman. Other than reading I am avid video game player, and when I get the chance I love to go snow skiing.

 


Lexi

Lexi

My name is Lexi. I have a current obsession with Junot Diaz, and I’m an all-things-sweet connoisseur.  


It’s my last semester as an undergraduate here at MT, so come see me at the UWC!

 


Skyler

Hey guys, I’m Skyler. I’m currently getting my Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Writing. When I’m not doing school work, I’m often playing video games (Destiny at the moment), watching movies/television, going to concerts, or hanging out with friends. I’m also quite the Fantasy Football Player if I do say so myself. The picture you see was taken after I received a trophy for winning my division. Yes, I know… quite the accomplishment.

Skyler

 


cheryl

Cheryl

My name is Cheryl and I am a second year Master's student focusing on Pop Culture, Children's Literature, and Gothic Literature. I have very eclectic interests. My DVR is set for such diverse shows as Through the Wormhole and Walking Dead (I have a zombie apocalypse plan). I love fantasy, science fiction, comic books, and older horror as well as all things Vincent Price, Hitchcock, Buffy, and Dr. Who. My favorite modern author is Laurel K. Hamilton, and for classic lit I love Edgar Allan Poe. On my off days you might find me at the movies, browsing at the Great Escape, making cosplay costumes, or having coffee at Barnes and Noble while I research random subjects. When I can afford it I Iove to travel. Whatever I'm doing, my own mini-me, my daughter Bridget, is usually there with me. At home on the couch I will also be flanked by our two cats. My bucket list includes learning fencing and archery, visiting the Pyramids in Egypt, and Scuba Diving off the Great Barrier Reef. My motto is I believe in possibilities.

 


 

Administrative Staff

Dr. Bené Cox
Director

 

Jenny Rowan
Assistant Director, UWC and GTA Coordination

 

Caty Chapman
Assistant Director

 

Patricia Baines
Liaison to English Dept. & Writing Program