The Center has an incredibly diverse staff. Our advisers are not all English majors; in fact, this year we have advisers concentrating in theatre, politics, theology, integral, math, health science, and more! We also have several Graduate advisers from the MFA in Creative Writing program. Take some time to look through the bios and get to know us!

Spring 2014 Staff dressed as their favorite authors and characters














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Audrey Agot

Year: Junior
Major: English
Hometown: Vallejo, CA
Favorite Books: Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk, Everything Matters by Ron Currie Jr., This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Favorite Movies: Rebel Without A Cause, Django, 500 Days of Summer, The Little Rascals
Favorite Revision tools: Asking questions
Favorite Food: Regular wings: half lemon pepper, half original hot, ranch dressing, with Cherry Coke, from Wing Stop.
Favorite Quotations: "Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way." - Charles Bukowski
"You may shoot me with your words, / You may cut me with your eyes, / You may kill me with your hatefulness, but still, like air, I'll rise." - Maya Angelou

Madeline Bell

Year: Junior Madeline Bell - Lead Writing Adviser
Major: Health Science/Pre-Med
Minor: Spanish
Hometown: Ventura, CA
Favorite Books: The Moral Lives of Animals by Dale Peterson, Molokai by Alan Brennert & House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
Favorite Movies: The Shining, Titanic, Moulin Rouge, The Room, Frankenweenie & The Nightmare Before Christmas
Favorite Revision Tool: Making charts and lists to organize ideas
Favorite Quotation: "For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love." - Carl Sagan

Meg Birgen

Year: Sophomore
Major: Integral Program
Hometown: San Dimas
Favorite Books: Frankenstein, Picture of Dorian Gray, The Hobbit, Harry Potter, anything by Tamora Pierce
Favorite Movies: Diseny. Spirited Away, Pacific Rim, Avengers, Captain America, Thor, Iron Man
Favorite Revision Tool: Reading out loud
Favorite Quotations: "But within our limitations, there is no limit to how beautiful we can become." Cecil Palmer (Welcome to Night Vale)   "I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am sating." -Oscar Wilde

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Steven Colson

Year: Sophomore
Major: English, Preparation for High School Teaching
Minor: Communication
Hometown: Folsom, CA
Favorite Books: One Who Flew Over the Cukoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey, Beloved by Toni Morrison, Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, Watchmen by Alan Moore, Daytripper by Gabriel Bá & Fábio Moon, & A Drifting Life by Yoshihiro Tatsumi
Favorite Movies: Blade Runner, Coraline, Moonrise Kingdom, I’m a Cyborg But That’s OK, Brazil, Spirited Away, Metropolis, & The Fifth Element
Favorite Revision Tools: Spell check, sticky notes, highlighters
Favorite Quotation: “I dream. Sometimes I think that’s the only right thing to do.” – Haruki Murakami

adviser profile photoCJ Cosas

Year: Junior
Major: English
Minor: Sociology
Hometown: Concord, CA
Favorite Books: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, Ishmael by Daniel Quinn, Yakuza Moon by Shoko Tendo
Favorite Movies: Hitch, Hercules, & Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
Favorite Revision Tools: Ctrl+F (Find) & ctrl+Z (Undo)
Favorite Quotation: "If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story." - Orson Welles

Jaq Davis

Year: Junior
Major: English
Minor: Psychology
Hometown: Sonora, CA
Favorite Books: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, My First Summer in the Sierra by John Muir
Favorite Movies: 500 Days of Summer, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, & Up
Favorite Revision Tools: Writing Research Papers Across the Curriculum by Susan Hubbach & The Elements of Style by William Strunk & E.B. White
Favorite Quotation: “Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Holland Enke

Year: Junior
Major: English
Minor: Art History
Hometown: Fullerton, CA
Favorite Books: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte & Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Favorite Play: Angels in America (play) by Tony Kushner
Favorite Movies: The Bird Cage, Pride & Prejudice & Young Victoria
Favorite Revision Tool: Questions (An open dialogue between an adviser and a student always leads to easy grammar fixes and great discussions about ideas!)
Favorite Quotations: "I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy. I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.” – Unknown
“What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.” – Oscar Wilde

David Fujii

Year: Junior
Major: English
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Favorite Books: The Trumpeter Swan, The Way of the Peaceful Warrior, The Voyage of Dawn Treader, A Series of Unfortunate Events
Favorite Movies: Frozen, Rush Hour, Spiderman, Avengers, Castle in the Sky, Inception
Favorite Revision Tool: Post-outlining
Favorite Quotation: "Yesterday was history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift; that is why they call it present."

Bridget Hanna

Year: Senior
Major: English, Dramatic and Film Arts
Hometown: Mariposa, CA
Favorite Book (Poetry): erotic poems by e.e. Cummings
Favorite Movie: V for Vendetta
Favorite Revision Tool: Freewriting
Favorite Quotation: "Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae." – Kurt Vonnegut

JenJen Herrington—Administrative Assistant

Hometown: Troy, NY, & Plainfield, VT
Favorite Books: The Ecology of Freedom: The Emergence and Dissolution of Hierarchy by Murry Bookchin & The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone
Favorite Movie: Fargo
Favorite Revision Tool: Pruning the redundant.
Favorite Quotation: "There is nowhere you can go and only be with people who are like you. Give it up." - Bernice Johnson Reagon
In Her Own Words: Do what you can, and don't get upset.

Somel Jammu

Year: Senior
Major: Integral
Minor: Creative Writing
Hometown: Santa Clara (born) & Cupertino (current)
Favorite Book (fiction): Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
Favorite Book (poetry): Falling Up by Shel Silverstein
Favorite Movie: Amar, Akbar, Anthony
Favorite Revision Tool: Marking and writing any quotations that stick out to me. This helps me see the overall theme and what strikes me the most in each text.
Favorite Quotation: "You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you." - Ray Bradbury
"It was something she had felt and decided she would keep, regardless of whether he ever knew or not. it was a feeling capturing a real moment, but it was a feeling she would keep just for herself. Whatever that feeling was and however it felt, she knew it. I wished I could be as certain sometimes but then sometimes I wondered if certainty even existed." - From "Baby Brown"

Andy Kirkpatrick

Year: Sophomore
Major: English
Minor: Business
Hometown: Orinda
Favorite Book: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Favorite Movie: Seven Samurai
Favorite Revision Tool: Post-outlining

Tereza Joy Kramer—Director Director Tereza Kramer

Poetry, Rhetoric, Composition, TESOL, Journalis m, Spanish
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Favorite Book (nonfiction): Ethics for the New Millenium by Dalai Lama
Favorite Poet: Sharon Olds
Favorite Movie: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Favorite Revision Tool: Discussion
Favorite Quotation: "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us ... . And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automaticallly liberates others." - Marianne Williamson
In Her Own Words: I've never thought of myself as a good writer -- I just enjoy trying. 

Heather Marsh

Year: Junior
Major: English
Minor: Theology & Religious Studies
Hometown: Azusa, CA
Favorite Books: Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey, Harry Potter series, Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Divergent by Veronica Roth, Beloved by Toni Morrison, Anything by Tamora Pierce
Favorite Movies: All the Marvel movies, Forrest Gump, How to Train Your Dragon, Aladdin, Miyazaki films, 27 Dresses, Pacific Rim
Favorite Revision Tools: Post-outlining, whiteboards
Favorite Quotations: "You cannot change the world alone. That's what makes it so special." - L: L Change the World
"If you reach for the stars, all you get are the stars. But if you reach for the heavens, you get the stars thrown in." - Mary Poppins

Adviser Shane McCarthyShane McCarthy

Year: Sophomore
Major: Integral
Hometown: Elk, CA
Favorite Books: Windup Bird Chronicles, The Martian Chronicles, Cats Cradle, Slaughter House-5, Catch-22, Dune, 1Q84, Plato
Favorite Movies: Mizaki films, Limitless, Troy, Gladiator, Glory, Cloud Atlas, The Matrix
Favorite Revision Tool: Post-outlining
Favorite Quotation: "Don't ever let the fact that you can't be perfect stop you from doing your best."

Reyna Olegario Reyna Olegario

Year: Senior
Major: English, Preparation for High School Teaching
Minor: Theology and Religious Studies, Catholic Tradition
Hometown: Hercules, CA
Favorite Books (fiction): Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling, Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, & Looking for Alaska by John Green
Favorite Plays: Saved by Edward Bond & Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare
Favorite Movies: The Lion King, Maria Full of Grace, & Inception
Favorite Revision Tools: Ctrl + F (find) & Color-coding ideas
Favorite Quotation: “Maybe our favorite quotations say more about us than about the stories and people we’re quoting.” – John Green, from "Quotations (And Holden Hats)" [Vlog]
In Her Own Words: Sometimes I talk in circles, sometimes I use large hand gestures, and sometimes I use cat examples.

adviser profile photoDillon Plummer

Year: Sophomore
Major: Integral/Latin
Minor: Greek
Hometown: Castro Valley, CA
Favorite Books: The Hobbit, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Animal Farm, The Screwtape Letters, Good Omens
Favorite Movies: Frozen, Tangled, Spirited Away, The Lord of the Rings, How to Train Your Dragon
Favorite Revision Tool: CWAC, of course!
Favorite Quotation: "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you odd." - Flannery O'Connor

Sam Ricci

Year: Senior sam
English & Theatre
Hometown: Vacaville, CA
Favorite Books (fiction): Different Seasons by Stephen King, Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Favorite Book (poetry): Nine Horses by Billy Collins
Favorite Play:  Angels in America by Tony Kushner
Favorite Movies: Young Frankenstein, Harold and Maude, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Favorite Revision Tool: Reading out loud, colorful ballpoint pens, and whiteboards
Favorite Quotation: "Try not to become a man of success but rather a man of value." - Albert Einstein
In Her Own Words: Don't be surprised if I use sound effects as adjectives.

Adviser Brittany WasonBrittany Wason

Year: 2nd Year Masters of Fine Arts—Creative Writing
Focus: Poetry
Hometown: Rye, New Hampshire
Favorite Revision Tools: Post-outlining! I wish I knew this trick when I was an undergrad!
Favorite Quotation: “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” – Jack London 


Caitlin Wire Adviser Caitlin Wire

Year: Junior
Major: Politics 
Minor: Italian Studies
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, CA
Favorite Books: Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling; The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien; The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley; Race, Class & Gender: an Anthology; the Millenium trilogy by Stieg Larsson; The Road by Cormac McCarthy; basically anything written by Anne Phillips, political theorist 
Favorite Movies: What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Finding Neverland, 3:10 to Yuma, Benny and Joon, The Pianist, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Annie Hall, Pan's Labyrinth, film adaptations of the above books
Favorite TV Shows: Sherlock, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Everybody Loves Raymond, Archer, Fawlty Towers
Favorite Revision Tool: Reading and rereading and rereading!
Favorite Quotations: "Hope is the thing with feathers - / That perches in the soul - / And sings the tunes without the words - / And never stops - at all -" -Emily Dickinson
"...Not all those who wander are lost..." -J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
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