Writing Center Staff

Director: Dr. Lisa Langstraat

Lisa Langstraat is an Associate Professor of English at CSU.  A Rhetoric and Composition specialist, her scholarship addresses the teaching of writing, working with post-9/11 student veterans, critical emotion studies and cultural materialism.

Associate Director: Laura Price Hall

Assistant Director: Susannah Lodge-Rigal

ESL Specialist: Leslie Davis

Leslie Davis is an Instructor in Composition for the English Department at CSU. Her work in the Writing Center focuses on effectively working with ELL and other diverse student populations.

Consultants:

Kelsea A.

Hey friends! I’m Kelsea and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I’m a senior English education student who is currently applying for English literature PhD programs. My ultimate goal is to obtain my PhD in medieval literature with a focus on gender studies, and then hopefully teach at a four-year university somewhere. I love reality television (I’m a proud member of Bachelor Nation), anything written by Gillian Flynn, and traveling — I’ve studied abroad twice! This is my first year working at the Writing Center, and I could not be more excited to share my passion for writing with all of you. Please come stop by CSU’S Writing Center for a cup of tea or coffee, and then chat about your writing with one of us; you’re always welcome here!

Amanda A.

My name is Amanda, and I am an undergrad in CSU’s English department. My focus is in creative fiction writing, and I plan on starting out as an editor and eventually working into publishing my own writing. The writing process itself is a tricky one, as it changes for each kind of writing one is doing. I try to be adaptable in the writing process, and love learning about new tools to make it easier for myself and others.

Jennifer A.

Hi there! My name is Jenni and I use the pronouns she/her/hers. I am a second year student in the MA Writing, Rhetoric, and Social Change program and as such I love thinking about all the ways language informs our ways of being/perceiving/inhabiting/relating in this unpredictable world. One of my favorite quotes comes from one of my favorite books The Anthropology of Turquoise by Ellen Meloy and is simply “perception is embrace.” My favorite part of working at the Writing Center is getting to see/learn from/engage with the range of interests, focuses, inquiries clients have and the many disparate ways they approach writing processes. While I physically inhabit Fort Collins, many parts of my make up are always in the cold of the Pacific Ocean, I enjoy place-based creative nonfiction, hiking in the local pines, and I am excited to get to work with you at the Writing Center this year!

Grace D.

Hi! My name is Grace Detwiler, and I am a second-year student studying English Literature. Currently I am planning to minor in Criminology and Criminal Justice, and hopefully attend law school after graduating from CSU. I am incredibly happy to be working at the Writing Center; I love how these consultations not only make our clients better writers, but teach me more about my own writing process every day. Other than working here, I like to spend my free time watching too many movies, reading books (favorite authors: Tartt & Palahniuk), and writing essays for my horror film blog!

Cookie E.

Hello!

My name is Cookie, and you can call me cookie or mama aria. I use she pronouns for myself, and sometimes other people do to. I am a first year writing, rhetoric and social change masters student who just moved back to Colorado after 13 years away. I think the number 13 is a lucky number, rather than cursed, and I think there is research about a feminist rhetoric of thirteen and its subsequent historical demonization, but I have yet to verify that. I just read this quote by my favorite author/person Gayatri Spivak, saying “…the center is always constituted in terms of its own marginality.” Mic drop. I love getting present with folks, exchanging ideas in horizontal co-learning fashions and floral patterns. I am interested in how writing and language can break down barriers and flood the boundaries of entrenched neurological pathways in ways that can bring us into risky tensions with what it means to exist collectively as individuals. In other words, I Iove engaging with other critters and all the learnings that come with such collaborations. Lets work it out eh.

Matthew G.

Hello friends and new friends! I am a Matthew and am working on my Master’s in English Literature, so maybe in the Spring they’ll give me a degree, maybe a consolation fruit basket or something. I’m a big fan of free food [almost] wherever I can find it. Unless it’s bacon or steak, please take away, definitely overhyped. My favorite quote is a combination of three: “This is your life, and it’s ending one minute at a time…” (Fight Club) “…you either get busy living, or you get busy dying…” (The Shawshank Redemption) “…Love, or Perish.” (Tuesday’s With Morrie). Favorite part of working at the Center? Seeing my clients out-and-about on campus and being able to say hello and catch up on how their assignments and classes are going. Also, I really enjoy the friends I’ve made with my co-workers. We have an excellent group of people here for you to meet, so come in sometime and let’s talk about writing=). Last note, it is my hope to help alleviate any fears, worries, anxieties, dread, or any combination thereof you may have of writing in college. We’ll do this together and work through it as a collaborative team!

Hope H.

Hi everyone!

My name is Hope and I am a second-year Master’s student in the Literature program so it will come at no surprise that I love reading. But that’s not all I like to do in my free time. I love binge-worthy TV (think Brooklyn 99, Downton Abbey, Fullmetal Alchemist and the like) and writing (usually Sci-Fi or Fantasy).  My favorite part of working  at the CSU writing Center is the people I get to meet and work with. My life philosophy can be summed up by a Ralph Waldo Emerson quote

“Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.”

Looking forward to working with you!

Chase H.

I’m a second-year MFA student focusing on fiction writing. Things I love include but are not limited to: soul music, Moby-Dick, and writing. Things I hate include but are not limited to: squash in any of its diabolical forms, The Catcher in the Rye, and, sometimes, writing. I believe that aliens are definitely real, that Bigfoot is hopefully real, and that ANYBODY can produce great writing.

Sydney J.

Hi there! My name is Sydney James, and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I’m a third year undergrad studying English (with a concentration in Creative Writing) and I’m in the process of adding a minor in Information Science and Technology. My ultimate dream is to share in the wonders of words and language with others, either through my blog, The Write Word, or through future novels I hope to someday publish. Some hobbies of mine include being an obsessive fangirl, video games (I love Dragon Age), and reading tarot cards. My favorite quote is from the novel Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas: “You could rattle the stars. You could do anything if only you dared.” I believe that nothing is impossible if you set your mind to it and give everything you have to achieve your goals. This is my first time ever as a consultant in the Writing Center, and I am so excited to work with all of you. I look forward to learning from and with you, so let’s get to it!

Em O.

Hey, all! My name is Emerson O’Neil (Em), and I’m a third-year student majoring in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources. For me, writing is a physical manifestation of my love for reading. Some of my favorite books/series include  A Song of Ice and Fire (season 8 of the TV show was not an example of good writing, in my opinion), The Mysterious Benedict SocietyReady Player OneHeroes of Olympus, and a lesser known gem called Bone Gap that I would definitely encourage people to check out. I’m really excited to be working in the Writing Center and with you!

Joseph R.

Maria S.

Hello! I’m Maria, and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I’m a first year graduate student in the Writing, Rhetoric, and Social Change program. I like reading anything from Jane Austen to Douglas Adams, and I like writing anything from creative nonfiction to literary analysis. I dislike mosquito bites, and the feeling of the holiday season coming to a close (catch me watching Halloween movies and listening to Christmas music all year round). When I grow up, I’d like to continue my work in the writing center field, maybe even as a director, and to keep on trying my hand at nonfiction writing, and teaching English as a foreign language. I’m so looking forward to working with the diverse writers in the CSU family!

Crystal V.

Hello Writing Center,

My pronouns are she/her/hers and I am a graduating senior in the neuroscience major.  My favorite quotation is “I don’t know how many years on this Earth I’ve got left but I’m gonna get real weird with it.” by Frank Reynolds.  My favorite part about the Writing Center is hanging out with my awesome co-workers and doing small side projects! My favorite hobby right now is cooking/baking (I have a cooking/baking bucket list which is comprised of: kahlua cupcakes, tonkatsu ramen, ratatouille, and much more!

Taylor “T” W.

Hello! My name is T, which is a nickname for Taylor that I have had since I was six years old after playing t-ball (oh the irony!). I am a junior working on my bachelor’s in English with a double minor in Business and Spanish. The ultimate goal is to go to law school and start my own law firm in the distant future. I have a passion for writing and being around people. I also have a strong aversion to vegetables of any sort (with the exception of broccoli), but that is neither here nor there. I am ecstatic to have the opportunity to work in the Writing Center, and I would love to meet your acquaintance and engage in my two greatest passions.