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Meet the Staff

When you come to the Writing Center, you will work with one of our writing consultants who are undergraduates and graduate students, mostly in the Department of Literature.

We're students too, so we're well-versed in writer's block! We've put together some of our favorite reads to get your creativity flowing.

Iz Altman is a senior history major from Charleston, South Carolina. Her biggest struggle with writing is starting. Her favorite authors include J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, Neil Gaiman, George R.R. Martin, and at least two Bronte sisters.

Mina Anderson, a first-year MA student, was born in Belgrade, Serbia, and immigrated to the US in 2000. She received her undergraduate degree in English Literature and Psychology from University of Maryland, College Park. She has a weakness for Russian literature and run-on sentences.

Louis Campana is a first-year MFA student from central Pennsylvania. His favorite books include The Little Prince, Infinite Jest, and Death In Venice. He enjoys starting but not finishing short stories.  

Madison Chapmanis a junior Literature major in the Honors program. She is from Sarasota, Florida, where every day the weather is perfect and you never have to worry about coats or snow boots. She loves reading everything from Harry Potter to Romantic poetry, and Gothic novels to queer theory.

Hanna Grieb is a first-year MA student. She was born in Sandy Spring, Maryland, but spent several years in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she studied at Hampshire College. Her favorite books include Desde los blancos manicomios by Margarita Mateo Palmer, No Telephone to Heaven by Michelle Cliff, The Last World by Christoph Ransmyar, and The Secret History by Donna Tartt. Her greatest challenges with writing are getting started and finally, letting go.

Chelsea Horne was born in Miami Beach, grew up in Buffalo, and spent the past five years in Binghamton playing Division I softball and getting her M.A. in English. She’s a first-year MFA Creative Writing student, and her favorite authors include Margaret Atwood, Jonathan Franzen, Neil Gaiman, and Toni Morrison. Her biggest challenge with writing is getting started. 

Elaina Hundley is a senior literature major who is also minoring in psychology. Her favorite authors include Edgar Allen Poe, Flannery O'Connor and Stephen King (she loves scary books and movies). She also loves coffee and big ideas. Unfortunately, comma usage makes her nervous. 

Sarah Johnson is a first-year MFA student studying poetry. She is from Danville, IL. Her favorite authors include James Joyce, Louise Gluck, Mary Oliver, William Blake, Toni Morrison, and Harriet Jacobs. She loves learning about the technicalities associated with grammar as well as researching various topics in women’s and gender studies, although she still struggles with being too literal in her writing.

Sara Lovett is a senior International Studies major and Literature minor from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She enjoys writing essays and talking about commas. Sara likes to read dystopian fiction, and her favorite novel is 1984 by George Orwell.

Hanna Mangold is a first year MFA-creative writing student. She grew up in Alexandria, VA, but has spent the past couple years living in Shepherdstown, WV while studying English at Shepherd University. She prefers literature from the mid-late 20 authors include J.D. Salinger, Salman Rushdie, John Kennedy Toole, Edward Abbey, and Kurt Vonnegut. Hanna also has a soft spot for children's and young-adult literature such as the works of Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein, Norton Juster, and Robert Cormier. 

Joellyn Powers is a 2nd-year MFA student in fiction from Lititz, PA, but she spent the past four years completing a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Pittsburgh. Her favorite authors include mostly contemporary writers, such as Lorrie Moore, Aimee Bender, and Robert Boswell, but she enjoys work by older writers as well, especially Flannery O’Connor and Jane Austen. She loves the absorbing experience of writing a good story, but sometimes has trouble staying focused and determined to finish.  

Emily Prince is a 2nd-year MA student from Baltimore. She loves writing vivid descriptions, but has a tendency toward verbosity when unchecked. Her favorite authors include Virginia Woolf and Ernest Hemingway.

Kate Quinn is a second-year MA student studying literature who hails all the way from Ester, Alaska. Her favorite writers include e.e. cummings, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Roald Dahl. She loves to write nearly everything, but her least favorite part is beginning her conclusion.

Sarah Sansolo is a 2nd-year MFA student who has lived most of her life in the DC area. Her favorite authors are Jeanette Winterson and Joyce Carol Oates. She loves putting her thoughts down in words, but she struggles with writing that tricky first paragraph and tends to overuse commas.  

Helle Slutz spent two-and-a-half years editing regulations for the federal government and is very glad to be back in academics. She is a 2nd-year MA student, and her favorite author will always be J.K. Rowling. Her biggest struggle with writing is forcing herself to sit down and start.

Devin Symons is a second-year MFA student from right here in Washington, D.C. He went to the University of Pittsburgh for undergrad and spent time afterward working and living in Japan and traveling the world. He loves writing and teaching and looks forward to meeting you.  

Alex Tammaro is a first-year MA student from Jupiter, Florida whose favorite book is Moby-Dick, though she generally likes stories involving the ocean, magic, or aliens. She swears by outlines but seriously struggles with introductory paragraphs.

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Join the Staff

The Writing Center is only as good as its staff of talented Writing Consultants. We train and support our staff and set up a schedule that is right for them. So if you are an AU student with an interest in writing and in helping other people, we have an internship for you!

If you are a rising junior or senior or a grad student here at AU, and you have a solid GPA and good writing skills, the Writing Center offers you 3 hrs. undergraduate or graduate course credit and a chance to try out a teaching interest.

After an initial intensive training period, interns work regularly scheduled hours each week in the Writing Center, meeting one-to-one with AU undergraduates to advise them on their writing projects.

Interns also complete a semester-long research project concerning an academic writing topic of their choice and present the results to Writing Center staff at an end-of-semester gathering.

For more information and an application, stop by the Center in Bender Library, first floor, or contact the Director, Dr. Janet Auten: jauten@american.edu.