Meet the Tutors


Shari A

Shari Arnold

Shari is a Georgia native who completed her B.A. in English at Kennesaw State University. She is currently working on her M.A. in Literary Studies with an interest in 20th century African-American writers. Shari’s favorite elements of writing are brainstorming and organization; she enjoys exploring new ideas, creating thesis statements and developing strong arguments. Shari promotes a healthy work-life-balance in order to efficiently handle life’s varying demands. She is also a proud self-proclaimed amateur gourmet chef, hip-hop aficionado, contemporary art enthusiast, and pop culture critic.

Jennie C

Jennie Carter

Jennie Carter earned her B.A at Georgia State University, where she is continuing her studies in Rhetoric and Composition. She has always had a passion for English, especially grammar and research. Her areas of research interest include digital humanities, multimodality, and gamification. Off campus, Jennie enjoys going to concerts, reading, spending time with her family and cat, and playing videogames.


Kathryn DeanKathryn D web

Kathryn Dean received her BA in English Literature with a minor in History from Agnes Scott College in Atlanta. She is now a first year MA student in Rhetoric and Composition and very excited to be working in the Writing Studio! Her favorite aspects of tutoring are brainstorming, organization, and working on citations. Got an assignment like a speech or a presentation? Those are her favorite types of assignments to tutor, so bring them in! Outside of the studio, Kathryn enjoys watching films, doing yoga, discovering new coffee shops, and hanging out with her very clumsy cat.

Keith FreemanKeith F

Keith Freeman, a native of Atlanta, is a second year MA student in Literary Studies. His current research interests involve 20-21st century African American literature and contemporary literary trauma theory. While Keith can and very often does help students with grammar and mechanics, he thoroughly enjoys helping students with various pre-writing processes. Come see him to tease through ideas and figure out how to organize them most effectively on paper.

Charles GCharles Grimm

I am Charles Grimm, and I am realizing my dream of lifelong learning by teaching and tutoring as I work on my Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition. I offer a fresh but experienced pair of eyes to help with grammar, structure, and citation. My goal is to help develop a community of student writers by investing my full attention in and focusing my conversation on student texts. I especially enjoy working with English language learners and helping them navigate higher education.

Bowie HaganBowie H web

Bowie completed a BS in Environmental Science at Colorado College, and an MA in Poetics at the New College of California. He is currently pursuing an MA in Literary Studies; his chief interests are M.M. Bakhtin’s theory of the novel, and postmodern American poetry. In his free-time he enjoys writing poetry and hiking. He enjoys the collaborative discourse involved in working with students on their writing.

nina-h-webNina Heydt

Nina is an exchange student from Germany. She received both degrees–her B.A. and her M.A. in American Studies–from Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz. She currently is a first-year PhD candidate majoring in American Studies at GSU. Her interests include interdisciplinary studies, cultural studies, literary studies, and popular culture. As a tutor, she especially enjoys brainstorming possible essay/ research paper topics and revising already written drafts. Personally, she is looking forward to meeting with national and international students who would like some help with their writing assignments.

Emily KEmily Kimbell

Emily Kimbell graduated from Georgia State University in 2013 with a BBA in marketing, a certificate in advertising, and a minor in music. She is now pursuing her English Master’s degree with a concentration in Rhetoric and Composition. Because of her business degree and career experience, Emily specializes in assisting students with personal statements, resumes, marketing proposals, and other business related papers. In her free time, Emily enjoys spending time with her family and two dogs; blogging about local arts; and performing in community theatre. Her bucket list includes dancing in a flash mob and eating a plate of spaghetti in Italy.

Shannon LShannon Lee

Shannon Lee is currently a PhD student with a concentration in Literature at GSU. She is also an international student fairly new to the city of Atlanta. As an ESL learner, she especially enjoys teaching and helping other second language learners like herself get a hang of the English language. Having had a few years of experience teaching English abroad, she is well aware of the physical and emotional struggles ESL students face with English reading and writing. In teaching, she sees herself as a supportive friend and helpful collaborator, and she aims to inspire her students in any way possible, whether in the fields of writing, academic learning and/or life in general.

Brianny PaulinoBrianny P web

Brianny Paulino is a Junior at Georgia State University majoring in Applied Linguistics and minoring in English. She is from Bronx, New York and has lived in Georgia for almost 10 years. Brianny is fluent in both English and Spanish and also speaks some German. She enjoys learning about different languages and how those languages relate to others. Outside of the Studio, Brianny enjoys going to the movies and spending time with friends and family.

Carley P webCarley Peace

Carley is currently pursuing a master’s degree in English with a concentration in literary studies. Although she would be happy to work with you on any writing project, she especially enjoys helping students write personal narratives, brainstorm ideas for papers, and craft specific thesis statements.  Her current research interests include exploring the role of mythology in twentieth-century American literature and investigating the impact of personality preferences on the writing process.

Alec Prevett

Alec Prevett is a GSU undergrad participating in the Creative Writing program (fiction concentration!) He loves brainstorming together with writers, especially for creative writing. He was born in Norwood, Massachusetts, but unfortunately didn’t live there long enough for an accent to develop. Outside of the studio, Alec enjoys reading, writing poetry and fiction pieces, and playing Xbox.

Mike PutnamMike P

Hello, my name is Mike Putnam and I am studying Fiction in the MFA program here at Georgia State. I specialize in themes and strategies in writing. I would love to help you work out and implement the ideas you have for your assignments.

David RevzinDavid-R-web

David Revzin is an undergraduate senior studying creative writing and philosophy. He loves learning about different discipines while working with his fellow students in the Studio. David encourages all students to use the Writing Studio as a resource.  He also reminds creative writers that they can come in and work on their stories or poems.

Sarah Joy Richards

Sarah Joy Richards is a first year MA student in the rhetoric and composition program.She is very excited to be working in the writing studio this year! Her academic interests include: digital media, document design, social media marketing, literary journalism, and southern gothic literature. Her personal interests include: classic movies, too much coffee, time with her animals,exploring Atlanta, and impassioned discussions on portions of the Harry Potter series she still isn’t over. An avid snacker, she can usually be found searching her purse for an emergency granola bar or spare pack of crackers.

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Jessica RoseJess R web

Jessica is an Atlanta native who holds an M.A. in Rhetoric and Composition from GSU. She is currently a Ph.D. student focusing on the convergence of technology, literacy, and culture. She parlays her love of art and media into this work and, while comfortable with traditional composition, she is also comfortable with other media and genres. Her favorite part of working with students is the collaborative brainstorming that can occur, although she is happy to help with all aspects of the creative process, including grammar, structure, and organization. Making the puzzle pieces fit is Jessica’s specialty.

Steven SaundersSteven S web

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Jay ShelatJay S web

Jay Shelat is a second year Master’s student who is working on his thesis, which focuses on humanism and posthumanism in the 21st century American literature. His scholarly interests include postmodernism, post-9/11 literature, Jane Austen, and Russian literature. Jay specializes in grammar, mechanics, and organization. In his free time, Jay enjoys reading and watching TV.

Harlow SHarlow Shinholser

Harlow Shinholser is an up-and-coming fantasy, science fiction, and horror fiction writer and a doctoral student pursuing a degree in literary studies at Georgia State University. He is a solid conversation partner on the subjects of grammar, code-switching, and subject development. He is also just a super swell guy.

David St. JohnDavid SJ

David is a second-year PhD student in English Literary Studies and also a creative writer.  He has taught composition classes for many years and is comfortable with the following assignments: Literacy Narrative, Ethnography, Artifact Essay, Annotated Bibliography, and Research Paper.  His poetry has been published in the journals Prairie Schooner and Hunger Mountain.

Marissa StephensMarissa S

Marissa earned a B.A in English with a concentration in creative writing from Brenau University. After finishing her M.A. in poetry at Georgia State University, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. She has been an active tutor for three years and is familiar with the MLA, APA, and Chicago styles, as well as literary analysis and creative pieces. In her free time, she enjoys listening to podcasts while doing the elliptical and watching Netflix while eating pizza.

Michael SMichael Stoneberg

Michael Stoneberg is a fiction writer and composition instructor, who can provide general feedback in many areas, from brainstorming and idea generation, to personal statements, research papers, grammar issues, etc. He is especially interested in ways to delve more deeply into complex ideas and expand analytical portions of papers.

Nicole T webNicole Turner

A born and raised Jersey girl, Nicole Turner is new to the Atlanta area. She received her B.A. in English from Hood College, in Frederick, Maryland, is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, and is currently pursuing her M.A. in English at GSU, with a focus in Literary Studies. While her enthusiasm is  20th century literature, specifically the novel, her indecision and fascination for learning find her enjoying stories and literature from numerous eras and genres. She is passionate about her studies in English and finds her strengths in streamlining arguments and making them more clear and effective, as well as brainstorming ideas and thoughts. When she is not working at the Writing Studio, taking classes, or working as a waitress, she enjoys life with her fiancé, her cats and Netflix, as well as spending time outdoors (and, if she is lucky, at Disney World).

Laura Valianilaura-v-web

Laura is a Georgia native who completed her B.A. in History Educations at Georgia Gwinnett College. She completed her M.A. in History at Georgia State University and is currently working on her PhD in History with a focus on the reception of Carthage in Germany in the late eighteenth/early nineteenth century. She is passionate about the ancient world in general. She loves to read and is currently into watching super-hero movies and television shows with her ten-year-old son. Historical writing, grammar, and Turabian/Chicago style are her strengths, but she also enjoys delving into other areas.

Amy WAmy Wilson

Hi! I’m Amy Wilson, and I’m pursuing an MA in English with a concentration in Literary Studies. Brainstorming, grammar, and organization are among my strengths, but I love talking about all aspects of writing. Whether it’s a creative writing project, a personal statement, or a research paper, I enjoy helping people find ways to make their writing stronger.

Yunye YYunye Yu

Yunye is a PhD candidate in the Rhetoric and Composition program. Her research interests primarily focus on technical writing, social media studies, and intercultural communication. She also has extensive experience working with second language writers. If you need help with technical report, business writing, scientific report, seminar paper, or a writing project that is technologically demanding, feel free to schedule an appointment with her. Of course you can bring other types of writing to the session.