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!
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.
Priya Chandrasekaran, Consultant, received her BA from Cornell University and MFA in Creative Writing from the New School. She is currently a PhD candidate in Anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center. She has taught courses in English and Anthropology at Pratt Institute and Hunter College, and has assisted courses in Environmental Science at Baruch College. Her fiction has appeared in Silk Road Review and J Journal: New Writings on Justice. She enjoys working with students across disciplines.
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, received her MFA from Columbia University, where she also taught in the Undergraduate Writing Program and served as assistant director of the Writing Center. Her first book, We Are As Gods: Back to the Land in the 1970s on the Quest for a New America will be released by PublicAffairs in April 2016. 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, received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Cornell University, where she taught First-Year Writing Seminars and served as an Assistant Director of the Writing Walk-in Service. She completed her BA at New York University. 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.
Karen Hammer, Consultant, 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.
Paul Hiller, Administrative Coordinator, is a graduate of Baruch College, where he received a BA in Economics. As a student at Baruch, Paul worked as an administrative assistant at the Modern Languages and Comparative Literature department, and participated in the Kakehashi Project, a youth exchange program hosted by the Japan Foundation. His interests include photography, Cantonese, and his two cats.
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.
Matt Lombardi, Consultant, 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.
Bhindai Mahabir (Katie), Front Desk Attendant, is a junior here at Baruch, double majoring in both Financial Engineering and Psychology in the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences. Besides being a Front Desk Attendant for the Writing Center, she also works part-time as a mathematics tutor, a peer mentor for SEEK first year students, and at a men’s clothing store where she is a cashier, sales associate, and stocker. Katie is also the Senior Vice President of Technology and Marketing of Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society (XAE). She firmly believes in giving back to her community and helping those in need. Katie lives by a famous quote said by Bruce Lee: “As you think, so shall you become.”
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.
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, 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.
Alexandra Watson, Consultant, received her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from Brown University, and her MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia. She teaches composition in Columbia’s Undergraduate Writing Program and at the Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America. She currently serves as Executive Editor of Apogee Journal, a publication dedicated to highlighting underrepresented voices in literature. She’s writing a novel about insomnia.
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.
Chris John Williams, Consultant, received his BA from Yale University and MFA 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, American studies, 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.
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.