Interested in reading some of our consultants’ essays, poetry, fiction, and scholarship, and in finding out more about their roles as writers, editors, and curators? Check out our Staff Bibliography!
Elina Bass, Front Desk Attendant, is in her second year at Baruch, enrolled in the Integrated BBA/MS Program in Accountancy in the Zicklin School of Business. She is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and the Rising Starr Sophomore Program. She has interned for State Senator Daniel Squadron and enjoys coaching gymnastics part-time. Her interests include helping others, politics, and reading fiction.
Keri Bertino, Director of the Writing Center, received her BA from Vassar College and holds an MFA in Writing from Columbia University. She has taught college writing in classrooms and writing centers at Columbia University and the Cooper Union, and high school English through Teach For America in Baltimore. She is the co-coordinator of the Writing Across the Curriculum program at Baruch and co-teaches the Honors Thesis Workshops. She is at work on a novel about a rest stop waitress, a mission in an 18-wheeler, and funerals on YouTube.
Roya Biggie, Consultant, holds a BA from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and an MA in English from Georgetown University. She is currently a PhD candidate in English at the CUNY Graduate Center and an instructor at Hunter College. Her research interests include early modern drama and medicine.
Chong J. Bretillon, Consultant, holds a PhD in French from the CUNY Graduate Center, where she also earned a Film Studies Certificate. She has taught courses in contemporary French cinema, cultural studies of the Francophone world, and French language at Pennsylvania State University-Erie, Hunter College, and Borough of Manhattan Community College. Her areas of consulting expertise include developing thesis statements, close reading, response/reaction writing, and peer review. Chong especially enjoys working with multilingual and international students, and has tutored students in both French and English in the United States and in France.
Iris Cushing, Consultant, is a poet and editor residing in Queens, NY. She holds an MFA in poetry from Columbia University and is a founding editor of Argos Books, an independent poetry press. In 2011, she was a writer-in-residence at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, her former home. She is the author of the poetry collection Wyoming, winner of the 2013 Furniture Press Poetry Prize. Her poems and criticism can be found in the Boston Review, Bomblog, Two Serious Ladies, and Artinfo, among other places. Specialties: American literature, art history, business and professional writing, comparative literature, ESL, grammar, MLA style, web writing, music, poetry, proposal and grant writing, publishing, Spanish, theology, American studies, women and gender studies.
Kate Daloz, Consultant, is at work on her first book, a social and personal history of the 1970s Back-to-the-Land Movement, tentatively titled Back to Where We Once Belonged (PublicAffairs, 2016). She received her MFA from Columbia University, where she also taught in the Undergraduate Writing Program and served as assistant director of the Writing Center. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and children.
Deepti Dhir, Consultant, received her Bachelor of Arts in French from Mount Holyoke College and is currently in her final semester of a dual MA in Foreign Language Education (French) and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at New York University. Speaking both French and English, she worked in a language immersion school in Brooklyn for a few years before pursing her master’s degree. Most recently, she taught a reading and writing course in LaGuardia Community College’s continuing education program. Deepti has also been creating written content for large-scale English language proficiency assessments.
Diana Hamilton, Associate Director of the Writing Center, will receive her Ph.D. this year from Cornell University, where she taught First-Year Writing Seminars and served as an Assistant Director of the Writing Walk-in Service. She received her BA in Comparative Literature from NYU. In addition to her academic work, she is the author of two books of poetry (Okay, Okay, Truck Books 2012 and Universe, Ugly Duckling 2014), and her critical and creative writings have appeared in The Believer, Esopus, Bomb, and other publications. She is currently finishing a dissertation on the concept of style in “experimental” American literature.
Karen Hammer, Consultant and Library Liaison, recently earned a Master of Arts in English from the University of Wyoming. She is currently a PhD student in English at the CUNY Graduate Center. She brings seven years of experience in college teaching as well as a background working with English language learners and students with disabilities. She believes that the most important quality of an effective writing teacher is the ability to meet students where they are in the writing process.
Titcha Ho, Consultant, received her MA in English from the City College of New York and is a PhD candidate in Composition and TESOL at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests involve the intersection of technology, social media, and multilingual writers. Titcha taught academic writing at Queensborough Community College and the City College of New York.
Rachel Kravetz, Consultant, received a BA in History from Columbia and an MFA in Painting from Yale, and is now a PhD candidate in English at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is currently teaching a class on research methods at Parsons The New School for Design, and has taught literature at Queens College and both composition and research methods at Brooklyn College. She welcomes appointments with students in all disciplines.
Xander Landfair, Consultant and Consultant Development Coordinator, holds an MFA in Writing from Columbia and a BA in religious studies from the University of Florida. As a composition instructor, a corporate writing consultant, and a magazine editor, he has worked closely with students and professionals at all stages of development as writers. He currently serves as Assistant Director of the Writing Center at Columbia University. His work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in The Missouri Review, The Boston Review, and Guernica: a magazine of art and politics. Specialties: organization and structure; publishing; grammar; creative writing; job search materials; and documentation styles.
Matt Lombardi, Consultant and Writing Workshop Coordinator, holds a BFA in English from Emerson College and an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School. He currently teaches English at Baruch College and has taught as a visiting lecturer from Baruch at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu, China. His nonfiction and prose have appeared in Details, The Daily Beast, The Bellevue Literary Review, and The Millions.
Emily Long Olsen, Consultant, is a PhD student of Linguistics at the CUNY Graduate Center, and received her BA in English Writing and Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh. She works in the Beren Writing Center at Yeshiva’s Stern College for Women as an ESL Writing Consultant and teaches Linguistics classes at Queens College. As an English language instructor, Emily has worked with students of many different language backgrounds and all age groups, both domestically and abroad. In linguistics, her research focuses on sound patterns, particularly those in the Austro-Asiatic language family of Southeast Asia.
Yisandy Marte, Front Desk Attendant, is a Sophomore intending to major in Finance and minor in Communications. She is a member of SEEK, Phi Eta Sigma National Honors Society, and is also on the e-board of Women Empowered for Success and Seek Society. She has previously interned at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, and wants to pursue a career in hospitality. She enjoys being active on campus, cooking, and most importantly, helping others.
Jono Mischkot, Consultant, received his MA in English from San Francisco State University and his MFA in Fiction from New York University. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Expository Writing Program at New York University and the Pedagogical Coordinator for Curriculum and Staff Development at NYU Poly. He has received several awards for teaching, including the Outstanding Teacher Award from NYU in 2008. His areas of expertise include literary interpretation, essay organization, developing an argument, and writing in the sciences.
Kalpana Narayanan, Consultant and Workshop Developer, holds a BA from Georgetown University and an MFA from Columbia University, where she taught writing. She was a 2010 Fellow in Fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and currently teaches at Parsons The New School for Design. Her areas of interest include the intersection between academic and creative writing, film theory, and fiction.
Jaime Osnato, Consultant, holds a BA in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania and an MSW from NYU School of Social Work. Before tutoring and teaching writing, she worked as a therapist, counseling adolescents and young adults. She also holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from Stony Brook University and currently teaches writing at the College of New Rochelle’s School of New Resources.
Rachel Riederer, Consultant and Lexington Review Managing Editor, is the editor of the Daily section of Guernica: a magazine of art and politics. She holds a BA from Harvard and an MFA from Columbia, where she taught in the undergraduate writing program for three years. Her writing has appeared in Best American Essays, The Nation, Tin House, and others. She is especially interested in helping students achieve clarity in their thinking and writing.
Matthew Rossi, Consultant, is a novelist and short story writer who lives in Brooklyn. He holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and was a founding member of the Tantalus theater group. He currently teaches courses in composition and graphic novels at Fordham University. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in NY Tyrant, Mudlark, JERRY Magazine, Common Ground Review, Gigantic Worlds, and West Branch.
Judah Rubin, Consultant, teaches at Baruch College and LaGuardia Community College. He is the editor of Well Greased Press, a curator of reading series at the Poetry Project at St. Marks Church and the SEGUE Foundation, and a librarian by training.
Kat Savino, Consultant and Student Writing Group Coordinator, holds a BA in English from Montclair State University and an MFA in fiction writing from Columbia University. She has also worked at Columbia’s Writing Center and as a writing instructor for LEDA (Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America), a non-profit program that helps underprivileged high school students apply for college. Her specialties include brainstorming, literary analysis, application writing, creative writing, gender studies, and ESL. She has published work in the Columbia Poetry Review and Venus Magazine.
Shannon Azzato Stephens, Consultant, holds a BA in Creative Writing from Carnegie Mellon University and an MPhil in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Dublin. She has taught in writing centers at the University of Rochester, Carnegie Mellon University, and Columbia University. While serving in AmeriCorps, she also taught basic skills writing and literacy in Mississippi public schools. Her short stories, poetry, and essays have appeared in journals including The Sugar House Review, The Susquehanna Review, Coal Hill Review, Commonline Journal, Icarus, and Anderbo. Her specialties include creative writing, essay structure and organization, brainstorming, reading comprehension, and incorporating research into academic papers.
Joshua Weber, Consultant, holds a BA in English Literature from Southern Methodist University, and received an MFA from New York University. He has taught creative writing and is currently a Lecturer in Expository Writing at NYU. His areas of consulting expertise are in literary interpretation, essay structure, brainstorming ideas, and critical reading. Other interests are history, film, and fiction.
Carin Jean White, Consultant, is a theatre and visual artist. Recent projects include adapting Hamlet and directing a production entitled Hamlet CU3ED that bridged art installation and theatre; Dealing with Ophelia, a dance-theatre piece, presented at Governor’s Island and DUMBO Arts Festival; and Icarus, a new work in development. She completed her MFA in Directing at Columbia University studying under Anne Bogart and Brian Kulick. She currently teaches writing at Yeshiva University.
Brook Wilensky-Lanford, Consultant and Writing Life Event Coordinator, received her MFA in Nonfiction Writing from Columbia University, and her BA with High Honors in Theater and Religious Studies from Wesleyan University, and has studied Arabic language at NYU. The author of Paradise Lust: Searching for the Garden of Eden (Grove Press, 2011), her essays and reviews have appeared in the Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, and Lapham’s Quarterly. For the past ten years, she has worked as an editor for New York City book and magazine publishers. She enjoys incorporating facts into well-structured narratives, especially in history, drama, and cultural criticism. An editor of the online literary magazine Killing the Buddha, she lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, with her husband and two cats.
Chris John Williams, Consultant, received his BA from Yale University and is a fifth-year MFA candidate in fiction at Columbia University School of the Arts. His short fiction is featured in Of a Monstrous Child: An Anthology of Creative Writing Relationships. He has taught creative writing, essay writing, mathematics, and science at the middle, high school, and university levels for more than seven years. Currently, he teaches at Columbia University, Yeshiva University, and LEDA (Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America). His consulting specialties include critical reading, brainstorming, thesis formulation and revision, argumentation, essay structuring, paragraph and essay coherence, and working constructively with sources.
Melinda Wilson, Consultant, holds a BA from the University of New Hampshire and an MFA from The New School. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Florida State University where she studies poetry and feminist theory and poetics. Melinda is the author of AMPLEXUS (2010), a chapbook from Dancing Girl Press, and other poems have appeared in journals such as Cincinnati Review, Rattapallax, Diner, Arsenic Lobster, Verse Daily, Agriculture Reader, and the Burnside Review. She has work forthcoming in The Minnesota Review, The Wisconsin Review, and Valley Voices‘ New York Diaspora Issue. Melinda is Co-Founder and current Managing Editor of Coldfront Magazine, a poetry review journal established in 2006.
Originally from New Hampshire, Melinda began working in writing centers over ten years ago. She got her start at the Connors Writing Center at the University of New Hampshire and went on to work in writing centers at The New School, Plaza College, Borough of Manhattan Community College, LIM College and Florida State University.
Ed Winstead, Consultant, holds a BA from The College of William & Mary and an MFA from New York University, where he was a Goldwater Fellow and taught creative writing. He is an Associate Editor at Guernica magazine and Coordinating Editor at Public Books. His writing has appeared in Guernica, The American Reader, The Rumpus, Hyperallergic, and elsewhere.
Joseph Yearous-Algozin, Consultant, is a PhD Candidate in English at the University at Buffalo. He holds a MA in Creative Writing from Temple University and a BA in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has six years of experience teaching Composition, Creative Writing and Anglophone literature. Additionally, he is the author of Holly Melgard’s Friends and Family (Bon Aire Projects) and The Lazarus Project (TROLL THREAD), the former co-editor of the literary magazine, P-Queue, and a member of the publishing collective TROLL THREAD.
Hannah Yokoji, Front Desk Attendant, is entering her third year at Baruch, pursuing a BBA in International Business Marketing in the Zicklin School of Business. She also works as a part-time Florist and freelances as a professional face painter, notably painting for several Union Square Partnership events. Her interests include the visual arts, horticulture, baking, and traveling.
Serena Zou, Front Desk Attendant, is a junior Accounting student with double minors in Economics and Communication Studies. Serena graduated from LaGuardia Community College, having earned an A.S. in Accounting with high honors. She obtained internships with Con Edison and American Stock Transfer & Trust Co. that enriched her practical knowledge and skills in the professional world. As a tutor, she led a team of more than 30 students to pass Principles of Accounting in Spring 2013. Not only has Serena’s adaptability allowed her to quickly transition to Baruch College, but it also helps her enjoy the new excitements and challenges associated with this fresh environment. Apart from her enthusiasm in studies and in extracurricular activities, Serena also demonstrates considerable passion for community involvement through her volunteerism at Selfhelp Senior Center.