Writing Center Staff

Director: Dr. Lisa Langstraat

Associate Director: Jennifer Levin

Assistant Director: Cory Cotten-Potter

ESL Specialist: Leslie Davis

Consultants:

Tiffany A.

What is your major?
MA Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language.

Why do you love working in the Writing Center?
It is a fun and comfortable environment in which I can learn about various subjects, people, and perspectives. I know that’s broad, but I LOVE learning. I can also help others better themselves and their work.

What is the most interesting piece of writing you have completed?
A brief research paper on the origin and validity of Ebonics as a variety of English. It was fascinating to debunk mainstream opinions of Ebonics and analyze its linguistic influences.

Shirley C.

shirleyWhat is your major?
Ethnic Studies, first year MA.

Why do you love working in the Writing Center?
I enjoy working at the Writing Center for the same reasons I love to write!! I always am learning something new each day and the work is challenging and so rewarding.

What is the most interesting piece of writing you have completed?
A long-form investigative journalism piece about the living standards of Syrian refugees who lived in my former neighborhood in Chicago! It was published by my school newspaper then picked up by the Chicago Tribune and actually brought attention to the issue city wide.

Katie H.katie

What is your major?
MA in English (Literature)

Why do you love working in the Writing Center?
The Writing Center is a wonderful place for writers of all backgrounds to come together. Learning is never one-sided, and I love the opportunity to work with other students.

What is the most interested piece of writing you have completed?
My senior year of undergrad, I wrote an in-depth study into the role of windows and mirrors in the work of George Eliot’s Middlemarch and Virginia Woolf’s To The Lighthouse. It was one of the hardest, but most-rewarding papers I’ve written

Katherine I.katherine

What is your major?
MFA Creative Writing (Poetry).

Why do you love working in the Writing Center?
1) It smells like coffee!!

2) I enjoy helping people see what’s available to them through writing

What is the most interesting piece of writing you have completed?
It was my undergraduate senior honors thesis, which was a collection of over 1,000 lines of original poetry.

Alina L.

What is your major?
Sociology (Criminology concentration); double minor in Linguistics and Culture and Caribbean Studies.

Why do you love working in the Writing Center?
It is an opportunity to work with others and support them through the writing and thinking process

Geneva M.

What is your major?
I’m in my senior year as an English Major (Literature and Creative Writing concentrations) with a Minor in Linguistics and Culture.

Why do you love working at the Writing Center?
I get to meet and work with remarkable people who have diverse interests, backgrounds and goals.  Being able to help other writers and learn something new with each day is an amazing experience.

 

Mackenzie O.

What is your major?
I am an English major with a concentration in Writing.

Why do you love working in the Writing Center?
I love getting the chance to help others improve their writing skills, as I believe writing well is an extremely important ability to have in order to thrive in college and beyond.

 Liz P.

lizWhat is your major?
PhD in Education Science.

Why do you love working in the Writing Center?
Working as a Writing Center Consultant is a blast because I believe in the potential of words to change reality and I love to engage in meaningful learning. I truly enjoy interacting with writers as they work to make their writing creative and understandable.

What is the most interesting piece of writing you have completed?
A few years ago, my sister and I acted as the hospice care givers for our mother. It a life-changing experience filled with extreme emotions. One evening I sat in the peaceful familiarity of my mom’s kitchen and created a poem that captured one moment of those chaotic ten days. I really like this poem.

Emily S.

emilyWhat is your major?
English major with an emphasis in Creative Writing and a minor in Business.

Why do you love working in the Writing Center?
Working on a piece of writing together is way more fun than doing it alone. I enjoy helping others with their writing process because conveying thoughts and ideas onto the paper is what the craft is all about.

Sheri A.

What is your major?

MA in Rhetoric and Composition.

 Why do you love working in the Writing Center?

  • I get to help other students clarify their ideas and develop better writing strategies.
  • I also enjoy getting to learn more about new subjects from students who are passionate about them.

 What is the most interesting piece of writing you have completed?

A research paper exploring the ideas of guilt and faith in Southern fiction, focusing on the writings of Carson McCullers, William Faulkner, and Flannery O’Connor.

Kiley Miller

kileyKiley is a second year MA student in the Teaching English as a Foreign/Second Language program, as well as a CO 150 GTA. As an English and French major at Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Kiley worked at the writing center for two years, though this is her first semester consulting at CSU. Before arriving in Fort Collins, Kiley moved around a bit, studying abroad for a semester in both Australia and France before returning to her hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio (whodey!) and earning her teaching license in secondary English. Aside from working with writers, Kiley enjoys soccer (and most sports, really), anything you can dip in peanut butter or hummus, and the Colorado sunshine.

Kseniya Walcott

Kseniya is currently an undergraduate majoring in English with a Language concentration, and minoring in Russian language and Culture and Linguistics. She hopes to apply to the Master’s programs in either TEFL/TESL or Literature at CSU. In her freetime she likes to draw, practice piano, and read classical Russian literature. She also has some tutoring experience with ELL students and hopes to someday travel as a translator for the Russian language. She looks forward to helping all students who come to the Writing Center to help them cultivate their writing.

Emily H.

Emily is a second year graduate student in the MFA Creative Writing program, studying fiction. She is from a tiny town in northern Illinois, named Sycamore, where the parking meters are among the cheapest in the country. As an undergraduate, she attended the University of Illinois, studying English and Creative Writing, and graduating in the spring of 2013. Here at CSU she also serves as the graduate advisor to the undergraduate literary magazine, Greyrock Review. Outside of the Writing Center, Emily can be found slinging beans at The Crooked Cup coffee shop in Old Town or out running trails.