Our Consultants

The CEW employs undergraduate and graduate consultants in a variety of disciplines.

Our graduate consultants are MA or PhD students who demonstrate excellence in academic research and writing, understand effective writing practices, and know how to help writers develop their thoughts. 

Our undergraduate consultants are successful academic writers who have also completed a semester-length course preparing them to mentor others in writing.   

Graduate Level Consultants

Amy Greer

Amy Greer

PhD, English

Amy Greer is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University at Buffalo. She loves teaching science writing, and her current research focuses on the connections among different forms of popular genre fiction. Her other research interests include literary postmodernism, Derridean philosophy, the history of science, and animal studies. In her spare time, she's a dedicated cat whisperer.

Andi Coulter

Andi Coulter

PhD, English

Andi Coulter cut her teeth for over a decade at Washington, D.C.'s famous music venue the 9:30 Club as the Marking Director and written ‘voice’ of the club.  She then moved to San Francisco to work for the original Fillmore and Shoreline Pavilion. She is currently an English doctoral candidate at the University at Buffalo and completing her dissertation on social space, live music and the No Wave scene in New York City. Her fields of interest include urban ethnography, noise, dissonance, and the politics of outsider art. You can often catch her teetering down UB's halls in too-high heels, downtown Tuesdays at the Buffalo Film Seminar or working at the city's legendary Tralf Music Hall.

Bella Poynton

Bella Poynton

PhD, Theater

Bella is earning her second Master’s degree in the Theater Arts department. She currently holds an MFA from the Iowa Playwright’s Workshop. Bella was a Graduate Assistant at the University of Iowa, and taught Playwriting, Theater History, and Theater 101. She has also served as a teaching artist at Syracuse Stage, The Just Buffalo Literary Center, The Lancaster Opera House, and Road Less Traveled Productions. 

Ben Kaiser

Ben Kaiser  

PhD, CISL
MA, TESOL

Ben has taught ESL to adult refugees through the Buffalo Public Schools Adult Education program for five years. His primary research focus is developing early and beginner level ESL literacy curricula for adult students with interrupted formal education (SIFE). At the writing center, he loves when students come in with pre-writing questions and enjoys brain-storming.

Ben has a small vegetable garden in his backyard on Buffalo’s West Side where he grows tomatoes, herbs, kale and other tasty veggies. He is trying to learn how to play the accordion too. While he loves these two hobbies his success has been mixed.

Brittany Bell

Brittany Bell

MA, Social Work

Brittany has been working at the CEW since Spring 2014 and is one of our First Year Writing Specialists.  Brittany comes from a family of twins:  she is a twin, and her little brothers are also twins!

Cassidy Phelps

Cassidy Phelps

PhD, Classics

Cassidy is a PhD student in the Classics department studying Mediterranean archaeology.  In the summers, she excavates at the Etruscan site of Rofalco in Italy.  Her non-academic interests include watching the USWNT, cooking, and traveling.

Daae Jung

Daae Jung is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English at SUNY Buffalo. Her research interests include 20th century American literature, psychoanalysis, Marxism, and continental philosophy (particularly German Idealism). An active contributor to the Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture, she has been editing articles for the journal Umbr(a) and wrote a review of Slavoj Žižek’s Less Than Nothing: Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism for the 2013 issue of Umbr(a). She's currently writing her dissertation tentatively titled, "Against the Metaphysics of Finitude: Psychoanalysis and the Aesthetics of Modernism."

 

Derry Moore

Derry Moore

PhD, Linguistics

Derry is a PhD candidate specializing in Sociolinguistics. His dissertation research examines rurality, dialect, and identity focusing on phonetic variation, social networks, and language attitudes.

Derry recently acquired the esteemed role of New Father. He is loving the climb up the steep learning curve of parenthood. An avid boardgame enthusiast, Derry can't wait to start teaching new games to his daughter.

Hannah Fogarty

Hannah Fogarty

PhD, English

Hannah is a PhD student in the English Department studying transatlantic nineteenth century literature. Her research focuses on the history of science and psychology, examining issues of embodiment and sensation. When not studying or teaching Hannah enjoys cooking, discovering new music, and watching too much Netflix. 

Jake Sanders

Jake Sanders

PhD, English

Jake is a second year PhD student in the English Department, whose research interests include nationalism and national identities in twentieth-century British and Irish fiction, literature and social sciences, transnational literature relating to migration, and film studies. He enjoys photography, visiting museums, biking, and cooking.

James Ponzo

James Ponzo

PhD, American Studies

James is a native of Buffalo and a second semester PhD student in American Studies here at UB.  His research engages the rich cultural tradition and literary accomplishments of African-Americans and others in the African Diaspora. He has also recently begun to study Ancient Africa. When James is not occupied with scholarly pursuits, he enjoys music, pop culture, politics, and following/playing sports—especially football and basketball—and he is a huge Buffalo Bills fan!

John Marsland

John Marsland

PhD, History

John is a PhD Candidate in the Department of History. He has taught US History, World Civilizations, Civilizations and Beliefs, and Human Origins of Global Societies. As an undergraduate, he worked as a Supplemental Instruction Leader, Writing Center Tutor, and Senior Writing Center Consultant. His dissertation is an exploration of several different ways the English working class used direct action methods to solve many of their contemporary crises over the period ca. 1968-1990. He was one of the two 2016-2017 Public Humanities Fellows at SUNY Buffalo Institute of Humanities.

Joshua Flaccavento

Joshua Flaccavento

PhD, English

Josh is a third-year student in the English PhD program, where he works mostly on the 20th-century American novel, labor, and violence. His hobbies include travel, science fiction, Norse mythology, and martial arts.



Luke Heister

Luke Heister

PhD, English

Luke is in his third year of the English PhD program. He’s currently studying for his oral exam and is working on his dissertation prospectus. His research is focused on public and private social formations in American modernism and realism, using methods and perspectives derived from political and social insights from psychoanalysis. When he’s not studying to achieve candidacy, he is revisiting the X-Files, cooking, watching films, and getting back into running.

Kinga Winnicki

Kinga Winnicki

PhD, English

Kinga is a second-year PhD student in the English department. Her academic interests lie in American modern and postmodern literature and film, especially experimental fiction, intertextuality, and posthumanism. Originally from Warsaw, Poland, she is a world traveler, ardently exploring new cultures and ever-seeking adventure. She adores fashion, likes cats, enjoys painting, sailing, playing her violin, staying current on astronomy and technology, and in her spare time getting lost in espionage tales and science fiction worlds.

 

Matt Connolly

Matt Connolly

PhD, English

Matt is a second year PhD student in the English Department. His interests include punk music, Otis Redding and the end of white supremacy. He has written an unpublished book on an 18th Century mystical Swede.

Matt McLesky

Matt McLesky

PhD, Sociology

Matthew H. McLeskey is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology and interested in sociology of law, poverty, and urban sociology. He has taught classes on social theory, social psychology, social research methods, and criminology. He was awarded his department's Adeline Gordon Levine Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching Award in 2017. His dissertation explores how housing policy on lead poisoning plays a role in the reproduction of urban poverty. Matthew is also a research assistant in the Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy in the School of Law.

Michael Ely

Michael Ely

PhD, History

Michael is a second year PhD student in the History Department studying disability and madness. In his spare time, he enjoys Thunder basketball, bicycling, and wandering around Buffalo.

Nicole Lowman

Nicole Lowman

PhD, English

Nicole Lowman is a PhD student in the English Department. She's interested in doubles and alter egos, as well as psychoanalytic, gender and queer theory. She is the president of the Kurt Vonnegut Society and of the Northeast Modern Language Association's Graduate Student Caucus. Outside of academics, Nicole likes to practice yoga, cook and ride her bike.

Patricia Chaudron

Patricia is a Ph.D. candidate in the English department. She is currently completing her dissertation on 1890s American poetry and realism. She worked as a managing editor for the Emily Dickinson Journal – the poet whose work initially inspired her to pursue a graduate degree at UB. When not working on her project, she enjoys biking, writing, browsing, and receiving postcards, and eating copious amounts of European chocolate.

Randi Moore

Randi Moore

PhD, Linguistics

Randi Moore is a doctoral candidate in Linguistics. She studies the interaction of language, culture, and cognition in Isthmus Zapotec. She got her MA in Applied Linguistics (TESOL) while working at the Writing Center at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.

Ryan Sheldon

Ryan Sheldon

PhD, English

Ryan Sheldon is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the English Department. His dissertation focuses on the rhetoric of number in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century English literature. His other interests include: contemporary poetry and poetics, cultural studies, Marxism, and anti-colonial thought. He makes ice cream.

Sarah Goldbort

Sarah Goldbort

PhD, English

Sarah Goldbort is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at University at Buffalo. Her scholarly interests include rape culture, British nationalism and theories of the nation, history of the book studies, and the Long Eighteenth Century. She is the Graduate Assistant for the Northeast Modern Languages Association (NeMLA). In her spare time, Sarah enjoys traveling, antique shopping, attending plays and musicals, hiking, and cooking.

Seth Cosmini

Seth Cosmini

PhD, English

Seth is a PhD candidate in the English Department. His research focuses on race and violence in American literature and popular culture from the nineteenth century to the present. His other interests include experimental poetry, Adventure Time, and baking.

Shanleigh Corrallo

Shanleigh Corrallo

PhD, History

Shanleigh is a second-year PhD student in the History Department. She earned her M.A. at Niagara University in Interdisciplinary Studies. Her research focuses on 20th century African American and urban history. In addition to her academic interests, Shanleigh enjoys hanging out with her Dachshund Franklin, playing fantasy football, and watching historical documentaries. She is a local of the WNY area.

Woody Brown

Woody Brown is a PhD student in the English department. His work at the CEW is primarily with the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships. His academic interests include Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalysis, 19th century American literature, disability studies, and the histories of medicine and science. Prior to starting the PhD program, he taught English at Nichols School and the Park School. He was also a literary critic with The Public. When he is not working, he enjoys baking bread and obsessively rewatching The Sopranos.

Undergraduate Level Consultants

Austin Nagelhout

Austin Nagelhout

Junior, English

Austin is a Buffalo native pursuing a double major in Media Study and English. She spends much of her time producing and editing short films and hopes to work in the film industry after she graduates.

Cate Piersa

Cate Piersa

Junior, English/Linguistics

Cate is a Linguistics major who enjoys butchering the English language on the altar of poetics. She spends much of her time documenting and translating visual and tactile experiences, and is concerned about her chances at future employment but may eventually attempt a career in child speech therapy or the operation of heavy machinery. She is Co-Poetry Editor for UB's creative arts magazine, "Name." Cate's other interests include music, skateboarding, talking through movies, E.E. Cummings, and heckling.

Dassi Kalmanofsky

Dassi Kalmanofsky

Sophomore, Art History

Dassi Kalmanofsky is an Art History major, and a sophomore here at UB. She is from New York City, and has three siblings. In addition to writing, Dassi loves musical theater, art, and literature.

Evan Murphy

Evan Murphy

Junior, Philosophy/Psychology

Evan is a junior at UB pursuing a double major in Psychology and Philosophy; after graduation, he intends to pursue a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. He enjoys talking with people, drinking coffee, reading depressing philosophers, drinking coffee, listening to music -- particularly hip-hop and punk -- and drinking coffee. Evan is also an intern at the Psychological Services Center, and works as a grant writer at City Hall over the summer. His favorite writers and thinkers are David Hume, Arthur Schopenhauer, Joyce, and Borges.

Isabelle Bertino

Isabelle Bertino

Junior, English

Isabelle is an English major going into her third year at UB. A native to Buffalo, she keeps busy during the summer as a town lifeguard and is an avid dog-enthusiast. Her plan post-graduation includes teaching English abroad as well as attending graduate school in pursuit of college-level teaching.

Jason Ripple

Jason Ripple

Sophomore, English

Jason is an English major who loves to think about and talk about writing.  When he isn’t thinking or talking about writing, he is likely reading or writing about thinking and talking about writing.  When he isn’t confusing people with intentionally ornate and wordy sentences (or advising them against writing ornate and wordy sentences), he is probably listening to music, playing Super Smash Bros., folding origami, solving Rubik’s cubes, or making duct tape crafts.


Jeff Guiher

Jeffrey Guiher

Senior, English

Jeffrey is a senior English major who intends on pursuing a master’s degree in Publishing. He is a Buffalo local that graduated from Niagara County Community College with an A.S. degree in Digital Media. Jeffrey also works as a manager for our friends at the UB Libraries. His consultant expertise includes help with creative writing, as well as resumes and cover letters. For recreation, he often writes fantasy thrillers, produces videos, and remixes music.

Jenny Simon

Jenny Simon

English/Linguistics

Jenny is a an English and Linguistics major, minoring in Chinese, History, and Education. She has many other interests besides literature, and is willing to discuss various subjects with writers who come to meet with her. In her free time, Jenny likes to lounge around at home watching horror movies and TV dramas. Her post-graduation plans include teaching English abroad, and pursing higher degrees in English and Secondary Education in order to become a teacher.

Katie Weaver

Katie Weaver

Senior, Legal Studies

Katie is a Buffalo-born-and-bred senior with majors in Legal Studies and Philosophy. She is also passionate about iced coffee, intersectional feminism, and headphones that don't tangle. When Katie isn't studying or in the CEW, she can found loitering and lollygagging all throughout the City of Buffalo— and she won't hesitate to share her favorite haunts with you.

Kerry Brooks

Kerry Brooks

Senior, English

Kerry is a senior completing her degrees in English and Linguistics. She previously studied at SUNY Fredonia before transferring to UB. Her goal to work with refugee populations as an ESL educator. She also hopes to maintain her current interest in writing and acting. She currently has two novels she is editing and working to have published, and will have a part in a local horror film. She's excited to work with you!

Matthew Bosque

Matthew Bosque

Senior, English

Matthew is a senior English major at UB. He specializes in telling you everything is going to be alright and quips. His interest include comic books, poetry, Puerto Rico, and Hugo from the hit series Lost.

Max Kalnitz

Max Kalnitz

Junior, English

Max is an English major in his third year with a concentration in journalism and minor in Japanese. He is involved with the campus newspaper, The Spectrum, where he is the senior features editor. His interests include playing the drums, running, and hiking. When he's not scrambling to cover the next big story on campus you can find him planning his next adventure.

Michael Fiorica

Michael Fiorica

Senior, Triple Major

Michael is a sophomore at UB majoring in English, Political Science, and Philosophy. After graduation, he plans to attend law school and study International Humanitarian Law. In his free time, Michael studies voice with the UB Music Department and reads a lot of whodunit mystery novels. His favorite authors include Agatha Christie, Tana French and Mickey Spillane. Michael is looking forward to working in the CEW and discussing writing!