Meet the Tutors


arnoldShari Arnold

Shari is a PhD student whose research focuses on how pop culture informs and transgresses the intersections between race, class, and gender. Her favorite tutoring sessions usually involve brainstorming and organizing ideas, and she especially loves to work on personal statements.  Shari also enjoys talking with students about music, art, and all things creative.

banerjeeAbhik Banerjee

Abhik is from New Delhi, India and he holds a Master’s degree in English at University of Delhi. He is currently a first year PhD student in English Literary Studies as well as a GTA at Georgia State University. In his doctoral thesis he intends to further his research on the Parsi Zoroastrians by exploring how the disparate diasporic spaces inhabited by them after their initial migration from Iran to India and later from India to the West at two different phases have created a “modern” self that is unique for a diasporic ethno-religious minority community. Thus, he wants to reconsider the postmodern postcolonial theoretical concepts of the “other”, “hybridization” and “liminality” to assess a specific condition of cultural meaning making of the migrant subject that could open new avenues in South Asian Diaspora Studies. Besides, his research interest also lies in Poststructuralism and Deconstruction, Marxism and Cultural Studies. He also has a research paper published in a peer-reviewed International Literary Journal and thus can provide inputs on publishing as well. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, watching movies, listening to music and reading literary theory and philosophy.


 banezJoan Bañez

Joan Bañez graduated from Georgia State in Spring 2017 with a BA in English and a minor in Spanish. Although not a native speaker, Joan also speaks Spanish and has studied abroad in Malaga, Spain. Joan is currently an MA student at GSU with a concentration in Literary Studies. Whereas some people shy away from the grammatical aspect of writing, Joan enjoys paying close attention to grammar as well as structure and organization. She also finds her strengths in revising assignments related to British Modernism, formal aspects of poetry, and personal statements. In her free time, Joan likes to take day trips to go chasing waterfalls and not stick to the rivers and lakes that you’re used to while eating 20-piece chicken nuggets.

Jen Cartercarter

Jen 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.

cookLaRue Cook

LaRue holds a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville–where he was raised, more or less–and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Fiction) from Fairfield University in Connecticut. In a former life, he was an editor for ESPN, but after an existential crisis, he decided his passion for literature, teaching, and tutoring outweighed a steady paycheck. He is now a first-year Ph.D. student in Creative Writing (Fiction) at Georgia State, and, as a creative writer, he enjoys working with literacy narratives, personal statements, and projects that involve a strong sense of voice. But he’s simply happy to help you with anything that involves the transfer of thoughts from the mind to the page.

Caitlin Cresoncreson

Caitlin has a B.A. in English from Augusta University and is now a first-year MFA student studying Creative Writing (Poetry). She has a knack for the art of thesis statements and weaving in secondary sources seamlessly. She particularly loves working with students when their assignment involves literary theory, philosophy, art history, and creative writing. She tends to focus on structure and flow but isn’t above correcting a comma or two. Her dad jokes and puns are sure to get lots of laughs even if the guffaw is her own. When Caitlin isn’t at school or work she enjoys candlelit dinners with her cat, Gus Gus, fighting towards a mosquito-free world, and long, romantic walks to the bookstore.

crowleyHayes Crowley

Hayes completed his BA in Creative Writing at Appalachian State University and is currently working on his MA in Rhetoric and Composition. He has experience in teaching English as a second language and would love to work with students whose first language is not English. Hayes loves to work with all genres of composition, whether it’s an essay, personal statement, lab report, story or poem. He also knows it’s hard to begin the writing process, and so he invites you to stop by the studio and talk about ideas for assignments with him.


Mack Curry IV

Mack Curry IV is a 2nd year Doctoral student at Georgia State University (GSU). He received his Bachelor of Arts in English at Hampton University in 2013. He then received Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing in 2016 from Old Dominion University. He currently serves as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at GSU while also serving as an Adjunct English Professor at Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse College. His research interest is Black English and its usage in the classroom.

deanKathryn Dean

Kathryn Dean is a second-year MA student in the Rhetoric and Composition concentration whose current research interests include digital rhetoric, social media, writing center studies, and gender studies. This is her second year tutoring in the Writing Studio. Though she loves to tutor all stages of the writing process, she particularly enjoys brainstorming, organization, and incorporating research. If you have a speech or a presentation coming up, Kathryn also loves tutoring those types of assignments! Outside of school, Kathryn loves exploring new areas of Atlanta, having a good cup of coffee, catching a film at a local theater, and admiring her beautiful cat.

Stephanie Gravesgraves

Stephanie is a graduate teaching assistant in the English PhD program. In addition to teaching composition, she is excited to work with students in a one-on-one environment to improve and refine writing skills. Her varied research interests include horror, the grotesque and the southern gothic, film and television, and queer and feminist studies. She is also a big fan of cats.

haganBowie Hagan

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.

Matthew Higgins higgins

Matthew Higgins earned his B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies at Reinhardt University, his M.A. in English at Georgia College, and is currently a PhD student at Georgia State University studying Rhetoric and Composition. He enjoys working with students at all stages of technical and research-based writing on various topics across the arts and sciences. His research interests include composition pedagogy and medieval literature. When not in the writing studio or the classroom, Matthew enjoys reading, playing chess, and swimming.

jacksonJosh Jackson

Josh Jackson is a Little Rock native who earned his MA in English from the University of Arkansas and his BA in English from Sewanee: The University of the South. He is currently conducting research on the intersection between the U.S. South, Speculative Fiction, and the Digital Humanities, and his favorite part of the writing process is finessing general ideas into specific claims. Brainstormers, lost geese, and final drafters welcome!

Ra’Niqua Leer-lee

Ra’Niqua Lee completed her B.A. in English at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton. She is currently an MFA student of fiction here at Georgia State. While her focus is creative writing, she has a soft spot for nineteenth and early twentieth century African American literature. She enjoys all aspects of the writing life, including brainstorming, organizational practices, and grammar.

s-leeShannon 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.

Meagan Malonemalone

I’m Meagan Malone, a first-year English PhD candidate concentrating in Rhetoric and Composition. I love having conversations with all kinds of writers about their work, but as a former teacher of English language learners, I’m specifically prepared to work with students whose first language is not English. I recently finished a master’s degree in Philosophy here at GSU, so I also welcome any fellow philosophy nerds—or lovers of the humanities—interested in workshopping their papers with me. Looking forward to collaborating with you!

mattesonZachary Matteson

Bio coming soon

John McNabbmcnabb

John McNabb is a second-year M.A student in Literary Studies, specializing in Modernism and fin de siècle literature.  He has previously tutored a wide range of students – from children to adults – in a variety of topics including writing, test preparation, history, and math.  While he enjoys teaching any subject, he really prefers teaching writing to math.  He also taught English and American History at Cristo Rey high school.  He plans on getting his M.A and PhD in literary studies, and would love to be a professor someday.  In the meantime, in between his studies, he enjoys writing short stories, listening to classical music, and agonizing over Emily Dickinson poems.

murphyJennifer Murphy

Jennifer Murphy was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She put herself through undergrad by earning money doing custodial work for a Girl Scout Camp at the base of South Mountain Park in Phoenix. She earned her B.A. in English with a concentration in creative writing fiction at Arizona State University. She earned her Masters in Fine Arts Fiction from the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She is currently working on a PhD in English Creative Writing Fiction at Georgia State University. She has taught creative writing courses at the University of Massachusetts and Literature courses with Changing Lives through Literature through the probate courts in Massachusetts. She has also taught poetry and judged poetry contests at Baystate Correctional Facility in Massachusetts. When she isn’t teaching, reading, or writing she is probably playing with her cats, learning to kayak, or watching Big Brother.

Brianny Paulinopaulino

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.

pelzomYeshey Pelzom

My name is Yeshey Pelzom and I am first-year PhD student. I received my Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Agnes Scott College, GA and my MA from King’s College London in Medieval English. My specialty is gender and culture studies. I live in Stone Mountain, Georgia. I love to garden and to knit. I have been appreciated by students for my ability to help them with their personal statements.

Alec Prevettprevett

Alec Prevett is a senior undergraduate studying creative writing in fiction. He enjoys writing both fiction and poetry, and prefers to work in shorter forms such as flash-fiction. As a tutor, his favorite sessions involve brainstorming work, work involving political arguments, and, of course, creative writing. Outside of the studio, he is also the editor-in-chief of GSU’s undergraduate literary journal, Underground.

richardsSarah Joy Richards

Sarah is currently pursuing an M.A. in rhetoric and composition with a special focus in health literacy and health communications. She is excited to be back in the writing studio this year. Some of her favorite Studio sessions involve: medical school applications, personal statements, digital media projects, and helping students brainstorm ideas for essays and research papers. An avid snacker, she can usually be found searching her purse for an emergency granola bar or spare pack of crackers.

Anna Sandysandy

Anna Sandy received her BA in English at the University of Memphis before moving to Atlanta, where she is now a fourth-year MFA poet in the Creative Writing program and the Editor in Chief of New South. Her poems and non-fiction can be found in journals such as SFWP The Quarterly, Muse/A, Santa Ana River Review, and others. In addition to creative writing, she teaches English Composition, talks a lot about her three cats, and sings the praises of Revolution Doughnuts. She lives in Cabbagetown with her fiance, the aforementioned cats, and a large supply of coffee and tea.

sayeedShabana Sayeed

Hi! I am Shabana Sayeed and I am from India. I did my BA and MA from India and am currently pursuing my MA in literary studies at GSU. 3rd world literature, with an emphasis on subaltern and post-colonial literature, interests me immensely. I have a great affinity with grammar (including syntactical and structural technicalities) and creative writing. Also, if you’re an international student or L2, struggling to bridge between cultural and lingual dilemmas, come and see me to tear apart any squeamish thoughts and language barriers. Off-campus, I enjoy traveling, talking to my parents for hours, writing and reading novels extensively and dreaming about a utopian society completely free of discrimination!

Harlow Shinholsershinholser

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.

stuartEsther Stuart

Esther Stuart is a graduate student in the PhD program. Her interests in literary studies include 18th and 19th century Gothic literature, dissenting women writers, and steampunk. Previously the editor of University of North Georgia’s literary magazine The Chestatee Review, Esther enjoys working with both academic and creative writing. She considers revision the most rewarding part of the writing process as one can see the continual improvement of a project. Off campus, she fills her time watching horror movies and playing table top games like Dungeons and Dragons.


taylorKenya Taylor

Kenya Taylor earned her B.A. in English and M.Ed. in English Education from Georgia State University and is currently working on her Ph.D. in English Rhetoric and Composition focusing on composition pedagogy.  Kenya’s favorite elements of writing are thesis development, organization, and citation. Kenya taught high school English for 14 years, and has taught varied English and Reading courses as an adjunct instructor at West Georgia Technical College.  When Kenya isn’t in the Writing Studio or in the classroom, she enjoys reading, films, arts festivals, and spending time with her two children.


turnerNicole 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 husband, her cats and dog, and Netflix, as well as spending time outdoors (and, if she is lucky, at Disney World).


williardJess Williard

Jess Williard is a doctoral candidate in Creative Writing with an emphasis in poetry. After receiving a BA in English from Queens College of the City University of New York, Jess attended the Master of Fine Arts in creative writing poetry program at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. There, he taught several levels of Rhetoric and Composition, and creative writing. His interests in composition include primary source research and engaging with scholarly sources. He also has strengths in literary analysis, narrative writing, and poetry.