Writing Center Staff

Meet the Team

Writing Center Staff

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Colin Bishoff

Graduate Consultant
Biography

Colin Bishoff (he/him/his) is a first-year MFA student in fiction who earned his degree in English/Creative Writing from the University of Georgia in 2014. Born in the lovely Peach State, Colin has lived in Georgia his entire life save for the four years he taught English in public elementary and middle schools in rural southwestern South Korea. Paradoxically, he now prefers persimmons to peaches. He also apologizes for the alliteration. An avid runner and sometime dilettante cook (he tries), Colin's favorite academic and writing topics include twentieth-century literature and film, comma splices, narrative points of view, and the subtle arts of the hyphen and dash. He is also known to wax semi-poetic on his ideas about coffee (black), travel (life-changing), and classic heavy metal (Maiden). Having written on topics ranging from eighteenth-century novels to the original Star Wars film, Colin enjoys reading papers from various disciplines and hopes as a consultant to guide students toward becoming more eager and confident writers. He is most comfortable working with MLA format, but will help with them all. 

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Daria Brown, Undergraduate Peer Tutor

Daria Brown

Undergraduate Peer Tutor
Biography

Daria Brown is a sophomore undergraduate student at Georgia College where she has chosen Criminal Justice as her major. She is also pursuing a double minor in French and Psychology and hopes to attend law school. Daria loves helping students brainstorm and tackle an assignment with as little stress as possible. This is her second year as a tutor, and she looks forward to helping students feel confident about their work. When she is not in the Writing Center, she enjoys true crime documentaries, writing books she’ll never publish, and crafting the perfect smoothie. Her favorite citation styles include MLA, APA, and Chicago on a good day. 

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Mary-Kate Burns

Graduate Consultant
Biography

Mary-Kate Burns (she/her/hers) is a first-year MFA student in creative nonfiction. She grew up in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, and earned her BA in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame. She has experience in both creative writing and academic writing, particularly in the social sciences. She is comfortable with MLA and APA citation styles. Mary-Kate enjoys hiking, canoeing, and long car rides. She does not have many hobbies, and really just likes spending time with others.

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Auden Eagerton

Graduate Consultant
Biography

Auden Eagerton (they/them/theirs) is a non-binary poet from Lawrenceville, Georgia. They received a Bachelor of Arts in English at Kennesaw State University, and are pursuing their MFA in poetry. Their work has been featured in Exhume, Across the Margin, Digging Through the Fat, Feral: A Journal of Poetry and Art, Swimming with Elephants Press, and other journals. In undergrad, Auden got through writing most of their papers by drinking Coke and eating snacks, so they’re here to help you make a plan to revise and refine your writing (with or without snacks). They are comfortable with MLA format and can help show you how to look up other style guides as well. They also have strengths in sentence structure and creating a defined thesis.

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Tara Heimberger

Graduate Consultant
Biography

Tara Heimberger (she/her/hers) is a first-year MA English student after teaching English and Theatre in a public high school for two years. She received her B.A. Degree in English with a Teaching Certification from the University of North Georgia in 2018. As a Writing Center Consultant, Tara hopes to foster an environment of acceptance, reassurance, and confidence in writing. She has special interests in modernist literature, feminist topics, YA literature, and history, but is happy to help wherever she can! When not working, Tara enjoys decaf coffee, horror films, baking, and pretending she can belt Broadway show tunes. She is most comfortable working with MLA, but can work with you using any style guide.

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Amelia Longo

Graduate Consultant
Biography

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Amelia Longo (she/her/hers) is a first-year MFA creative nonfiction student. She spent most of her life in Philadelphia, except for a couple years at Boston University for undergrad, and a year in Vienna, Austria on a Fulbright Scholarship. She completed her BA in Economics and German at La Salle University. She’s taught writing and theatre to elementary and middle school students with Mighty Writers and Camp Sojourner, and coached high school and college students on application essays. Her own writing has spanned grant and client proposals, experimental plays, pop songs, press releases, tweets, and research papers – on topics from fairy tales to the econometrics of the East African coffee trade, environmental policy to exile and identity, so she’s psyched for whatever you’ve got. She is passionate about equity and inclusion, public libraries, all of the arts, accessibility, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Her writing-related trauma includes having to memorize all the being verbs and prepositions in the fifth grade, and being summarily rejected from twenty different MFA programs over the course of about ten years--so she’s always down to commiserate about yours.

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Natalie Mau

Graduate Consultant
Biography

Natalie Mau (she/her/hers) is a first-year MFA poetry student. She completed her B.A. in English/ Creative Writing with a minor in Women’s Studies from Georgia College in 2016. As a writing center consultant, Natalie hopes to help fellow Bobcats appreciate and take pleasure in the writing process, whether it be for an ecology paper or a poem. She is most comfortable with MLA format but is familiar with APA and Chicago citation styles, as well.

Outside of the academic world, you can find Natalie hanging out on her front porch, perusing the aisles of Milledgeville’s many antique stores, or figuring out how to build something with the scrap lumber she found behind the local hardware store. Her favorite local spot is Buffington’s on a weekday afternoon when the windows are open.

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Shereka Poole

Shereka Poole

Graduate Consultant
Biography

Shereka Poole is a Milledgeville native. She holds an Associate’s degree from Georgia Military College and BA in English Creative Writing from GCSU. She is currently an MA graduate student at Georgia College. Shereka enjoys reading works by authors like Cormac McCarthy,  Khaled Hosseini,  Tayari Jones, and Daniel Woodrell. She also has a love for writing fiction and hopes to become a published author and a teacher in the future. During sessions in the Writing Center, her preferred citation style is MLA, but can help with any style.

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Kate Sturdevant

Kate Sturdevant

Undergraduate Peer Tutor
Biography

Kate (she/her/hers) is a junior Psychology major at Georgia College with a Spanish minor. She plans on getting her B.S in Psychology, and continuing on in hopes of pursuing a Ph.D in some sort of field in Psychology. She still has a lot to figure out, but she knows that helping people with their daily struggles is definitely her calling! Her ultimate goal is to provide counseling to individuals suffering from mental illness or eating disorders, but has also shown interest in working with college students who need help creating their path in life. She has always been interested in how the mind works, and has always liked to identify problems and produce possible solutions. She is especially good at helping students with proper formatting, grammar, organization, thesis statements, and what to include in introduction/conclusion paragraphs; she feels comfortable helping students at any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming ideas, to starting  their paper, or proofreading the final product. Her preferred writing style is MLA, but is also familiar with APA. She is most comfortable with English, Philosophy, and Psychology research papers, but will do her best to help with papers from any discipline. Although she is not an English major, she has always had a passion for words and loves helping students become more confident and proud of their writing!

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Shannon Yarbrough

Shannon Yarbrough

Graduate Consultant
Biography

Shannon Yarbrough (she/her/hers) is a second year MFA candidate with a focus on Creative Nonfiction. She has been tutoring writing for over a decade and loves all stages of the writing process. She especially likes brainstorming, so make an appointment with her early in your writing process and get off to a strong start! She also loves working with a “messy” paper to find the main ideas and craft a strong thesis statement, as well as assisting with application essays of all kinds. If you have an oral presentation or a speaking engagement, Shannon can help you prepare for that, as well. She lives in Atlanta with her daughter and dog and has passions for international travel and trying new foods.