Director of the Writing Center
Jessica coordinates the programs and operations of the Writing Center. She also consults with students on writing and reading, teaches workshops on writing and research processes, and supports faculty writing pedagogy. She contributes to campus-wide efforts to cultivate justice and equity in teaching, learning, and collaboration. Pronouns: she/her. Hear my name.
Roy does many one-on-one consultations in which he helps students develop their writing and attend to new ways of thinking professors are challenging them to learn. He is also highly experienced at supporting students who are trying to write more creatively. Pronouns: he/his
Wesley Blixt is longtime daily newspaper reporter and investigative journalist. He earned a Master of Fine Arts in Fiction at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is the author of SKATERS - A Novel. Pronouns: He/him
Associate Director of the Writing Center
Kristen develops pedagogical materials and supports faculty in the teaching of writing. She works with students at all stages in the writing process, specializing in strategies for reading effectively and efficiently. Kristen particularly enjoys helping students reduce procrastination and writing anxiety, as well as working with students writing in Spanish. Having earned a PhD in Literature, Kristen currently exercises her creativity on the improv stage. Pronouns: she/her.
Associate in Public Speaking
Susan Daniels serves as the Public Speaking Associate at Amherst College. In this role, she works with students, faculty and staff to become more relaxed, focused and engaged speakers. Through in-class workshops, individual appointments, and trainings for speaking events, Susan helps build skills, encourages practice, and celebrates the power of public speaking at Amherst College.
Jarrel is a current PhD Candidate with teaching experience in College Writing at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. When he isn't helping scholars with their writing, Jarrel can be found playing tennis, biking, or watching reruns of Star Trek. Pronouns: he/his
Associate Director of the Writing Center
In individual sessions Emily seeks to proffer a warm, lively, mutual focus on current writing tasks in the context of language in its multiple human dimensions, including the social as well as the technical. A poet, a teacher, and an editor, she especially enjoys her work engaging with multilingualism and language variation on the Amherst College campus. She can read work in French as well as in English. Pronouns: she/her
Associate in Science Communication
Ethan works with all students in any stage of the writing process, and is especially interested in supporting writers in STEM fields. With a special fondness for brainstorming, Ethan is likely to bring out notecards, sticky notes, and whiteboards during an appointment. Ethan hopes for writers to take ownership of their compositions so that they may use writing as a site for exploration, discovery, and knowledge production. Pronouns: he/him.
Jade Onn (she/her) is a Composition and Rhetoric PhD student and College Writing instructor. She enjoys learning from various fields through her students' unique perspectives while helping them develop transferable critical reading and writing skills, and she is always excited to share new digital literacy tips and tricks. She can converse with students in Mandarin Chinese in addition to English. Pronouns: she/her
Lydia is happy to provide collaborative one-on-one consultations with students, faculty and staff. She meets with writers at all levels and at any stage of writing from inception to completion. In addition to academic writing projects, she also consults with students on reading, applications, creative writing, and theses. Pronouns: she/her. Hear my name.
Levi (he/they) is a current MFA candidate in the UMass Amherst MFA program for Poets and Writers. He previously earned a B.A. and an M.A. in English Literature, and he teaches College Writing in the UMass Writing Program. Levi is happy to support students in completing any writing project by demystifying the writing process and highlighting the many choices writers have when crafting texts—academic, creative, or otherwise.
Chandler is passionate about reading and creating writing. They love collaborating with students to help them develop existing strategies and skills to help them grow as writers and scholars. When she isn't working, you can find them in the kitchen baking bread of all sorts. Pronouns: she/they.
The Writing Center supports the teaching and learning of writing, public speaking, and reading.