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Leila Wilson, Coordinator I run the Writing Center and teach in the Liberal Arts and Writing Departments at SAIC. Please let me know if you have any questions about making appointments or getting the most out of your tutoring sessions. I also want to hear about your experiences in the Writing Center so that we can build upon the work we do with you and continue to offer helpful feedback on your writing.
Rabha Ashry I'm a first-year Writing MFA student. I studied Literature and Creative Writing as an undergrad and minored in Gender and Sexuality Studies. I love writing and editing essays, and I would be very happy to talk about literary theory or queer theory for hours. 
Kate Barbaria I am in the architecture and design department, and I did my undergraduate degree in art history and medieval studies. My specialties are writing about contemporary art and architecture, and my special interests are everything!
Sebastian Bitticks I'm a second-year in the MFA Writing program.  I often draw from other texts as research for my poetry and essays, so I'm always interested in talking about sources and citation.  I like to look closely at what makes an essay work, get specific about trouble areas, and come up with a solid revision plan.

Brielle Brilliant

I'm a writer and filmmaker and public investigator.  I'm currently getting my MFA in Writing, and I’m TA-ing for Advanced Screenwriting and Literary Modes.  I'll read anything you want to share. 
Alicia López Castañeda I am a graduate student in the Writing Department.  Writing and I, we go deep.  So I know writing can be hard, but I know it can be satisfyingly fun too.  My philosophy is “joy is essential to learning.” So I want to help others (re)discover the joy in embracing the process.  P.S.: Why yes, I do love picture books.
Anna Foran I’m a second-year student in the MAVCS program, an avid collage maker, and a seasonal ice skater. I’m thrilled to be a part of the Writing Center and can’t wait to talk with you about your writerly craft!
Luna Goldberg I'm a first year student in the MA in Art History program, though my undergraduate studies focused on cultural studies, social psychology, and museum studies.  I just returned from a year of research in Israel looking at the work of political artists in the region. I am excited to meet students and help them think through their ideas and develop their writing practice.
Zoe Goldman I'm studying Art History and Arts Administration and Policy here at SAIC, but my undergraduate degree was in Near Eastern Studies and Photography.  I love brainstorming, talking through ideas, and devising new strategies to make writing your next piece a little easier.  I am a huge believer in the value of an outline.
Zoe Greenham I am currently a second year MFA student in the Sculpture department at SAIC. In a previous life, I was an undergraduate English major, so I still need the perfect excuse to work one-on-one discussing writing techniques, artful ideas, and literature. 
Sophie Johnson I'm in the Writing Program, and I LOVE writing — the messier the better! I have been published in some exciting places, like The Guardian, The Nation, Jezebel, and VICE. My true passion, however, is cats.
Ambrin Ling I am a graduate student in the Low-Residency program and did my undergraduate in Studio Art and Psychology.  Some of my more eclectic reading tastes include comics, old cookbooks, Thesaurus.com—it’s so comprehensive!—and baby name books.  I have a great metaphor about how writing an essay is like baking bread.   
Ned Marto Prior to enrolling in the Modern and Contemporary Art History, Theory, and Criticism graduate program at SAIC, I attended Illinois State University, where I studied history and women’s and gender studies at both the undergraduate and graduate level.  My current work focuses on the collusion between text and image in scholarly publications.  I have a cat named Kevin.  He is orange.
Natasha Mijares I am in the MFA Writing program here at SAIC. I write poetry and a bit of arts journalism from time to time.  I am very much interested in how to make an argument of an essay original and how to make sentences sound good to the ear.  To me, writing is like bricolage—filled with color and movement.
Rebecca Nakaba I am in the MFA in Writing program.  I studied Creative Writing and Astronomy as an undergraduate.  I love space, plants, and cats.
Madison Potter I am an MA Arts Administration and Policy student and new Chicagoan.  I studied fiber and textiles while earning my undergraduate degree, and I love talking and writing about art!  Nothing is better than a well-crafted artist statement.
Courtney Prentiss I am a first-year graduate student in the Architecture program, but my undergraduate degree is in Mathematics and Visual Arts.  I enjoy meeting with students of all backgrounds to develop and discuss ideas. I am a firm believer in the power of outlines and proper grammar. 
Alex Shapiro I'm a second-year student in the MFA Writing program, and I most enjoy helping students describe their practice and research. 
Willy Smart This year I am completing my MA in Visual and Critical Studies after last year completing my MFA in Sound. Writing is an important element in my process both in and out of the studio — so toward this, in tutoring sessions, I am especially concerned with giving feedback that will connect abstract issues of structure and mechanics to personal issues of intent and meaning. For these reasons, I enjoy talking through longer pieces of writing: thesis projects, research essays, and so on. That said, I value close reading, so our session might have us taking in the piece's larger structure through the lens of a single sentence.
Maryam Taghavi I am in the performance department at SAIC. Text appears in my work frequently, maybe because English is not my first language and because I learned to love in Persian. Usually, a cup of Earl Grey tea keeps me company at the Writing Center, keeping it real for the next conversation to emerge from a student's paper.  It has been such a joy to see thoughts expand, grow, and clarify over time, and I am thrilled to continue to work with y'all. 
Kevin Whiteneir I am a second-year graduate student in the School of the Art Institute’s Masters in Modern and Contemporary Art History program. I focus predominantly on art, popular culture, and performances from 1970 to the present and how gender and sexuality appears in these fields of art history. I really like to have fun during sessions, so we're bound to laugh a bunch in our hour together.
Will Wiebe I'm an MFA Photography student with a penchant for compound sentences and the theoretical terms of structural Marxism, yet I shy away from overdetermined expressions.  I love seeing ideas take shape and seeing those shapes take to the page.
Ian Wojcikiewicz I’m a graduate student in the MFA Writing program, and as a young undergraduate I studied English Literature.  I love writing (and outlining), I love reading, and I love talking with other people about writing and reading. I am a believer in helping others realize their own writing talent and come to an awareness of how our writing can help to unpack and organize the myriad of thoughts in our heads, helping us in our practice and beyond. I am also a big fan of slightly chilly basements, making the Writing Center a perfect fit.
Anna Wolfe-Pauly I am a second-year graduate student in the Visual and Critical Studies program. I worked as a writing tutor at my undergraduate institution as well. In my own practice I am working to expand the capacity of the poem through the investigation of weather tools and broadcasts.