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Writing Lecturers

Christi Cartwright
Christi Cartwright has taught Composition and Rhetoric, Literary Analysis, and Creative Writing at Syracuse University for the past two years. Her interests include: Literature, Academic Writing, Critical Theory, Popular Culture, Rhetoric and Caribbean Studies. She is a native of The Bahamas and has earned a B.A. in International Politics from Sussex University, an M.B.A. in International Business from The University of the West Indies and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Fiction) from Syracuse University.

Danielle Cook
Danielle Cook is no stranger to college life, having grown up in the small college town of Alfred, NY. She has garnered nearly 10 years combined teaching experience from Elmira College and Corning Community College. She earned her B.A and M.A in English and Literature from Fredonia State University, with a pit stop in Los Angeles where she interned for a large commercial company. In her spare time Ms. Cook is an avid writer who has penned a number of independent comic books. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and pets while continuously fighting with her garden.

Dawn Fewkes
Dawn Fewkes holds a Master of Fine Arts from Goddard College and a Bachelor of Music Education from the Eastman School of Music. Her thesis was a full length poetry manuscript, a critical analysis of the life work of Muriel Rukeyser and a pedagogical study of the teaching of writing. Since graduating, she has taught Composition I & II, Introduction to Literature, Remedial Writing, Composition for English as a Foreign Language, Introduction to the Writing of Poetry, Memoire and Creative Essay Writing, Learning Methods, and GED Math and Writing for Corning Community College, Mansfield University, and Elmira College. Her publications include both poetry and short fiction in journals like Confluence, Pitkin in Review, and Leaflets. Prior to moving to the Elmira area she taught for four years in the music department of Marietta College in Ohio as staff accompanist, vocal coach for the opera workshop and private and class instructor of vocal performance. She continues to be an active vocal instructor and accompanist in the central New York region.

Kara Keene
Kara Keene is from North Carolina. She earned a BA in English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her MA in American and British Literature from North Carolina State University. During her undergraduate and graduate years she worked as an Academic and Writing Center Tutor. Wanting to share her passion for Literature and writing, she became a Composition and Literature Instructor. She has taught at colleges in Georgia and South Carolina and is excited to join Elmira College’s Freshman Writing Program. Her research interests include the use(s) and translation(s) of fairytales and mythology in Children’s and Young Adult literature and the representation of female characters in those same genres and in Graphic Fiction. Her other passion is cooking, especially anything of the dessert and bread variety. If she isn’t in the classroom or covered in flour, she can be found enjoying a strong cup of coffee and reading with her cat, hiking with her husband and dog, eating her fill of fish and chips and dessert, or traveling.

Dr. Joseph Lemak
Joseph Lemak received his Ph.D. in Classics from the University at Buffalo. He has been under the aegis of Elmira College’s purple and gold for over a decade. Over this time, he has taught composition & rhetoric, ancient Mediterranean history, Asian history, classical literature, CORE, Ancient Greek, and Latin. Additionally, he has worked for the Honors Program and History department at Mansfield University. While he has published on the ancient Roman economy of the western provinces and on the Classical Tradition in upstate New York, Joe’s most recent publication focuses on the effectiveness of new media writing within independent writing programs. His most recent research project focuses on the positive benefits of independent writing programs on student retention levels. He is an advisor to WECW, the Elmira College radio station, and hosts a weekly radio show every Friday dedicated to vintage soul, deep funk, and classic R&B. Joe enjoys practicing guitar and playing LPs on his turntable. His two daughters sometimes think he does these activities too loudly.

Jesse Ozog
Jesse Ozog, a native of Horseheads NY, has nearly ten years teaching experience between Elmira College and Corning Community College. He attended Corning Community College, where he was student trustee, Binghamton University and the University of Buffalo respectively earning degrees in English and Literature along the way. Mr. Ozog has been featured as a guest speaker for a number of teacher workshops for the Visual Thinking Strategies Program; focusing on incorporating graphic novels into New York State classrooms. In his spare time he enjoys the company of his wife and their puggle. He has a very healthy obsession with comic books and video games, and a tenuous relationship with the family cat.

Dr. Erin Riddle
Erin Riddle earned a B.A. in German Language and Literature at Ithaca College with minors in Spanish Language and Literature and Art History, then at Binghamton University she earned a M.A. in Comparative Literature with Translation Studies followed by a Ph.D. in Translation Studies. Her current research focuses on the influence of politics and ideology on translations and translators' work. In the past she taught courses in comparative literature, translation theory, and composition at Binghamton University, and currently teaches writing and composition at Elmira College. In addition she enjoys cycling, translating contemporary literature from German and Spanish, and is involved with efforts to encourage renewable energy development
and sustainable agriculture.

Dr. Katrina Shilts
Katrina Shilts teaches Freshman Writing and occasionally literature at Elmira. She is also Coordinator of the Elmira College Writing Center. She earned her Master's and Ph.D. in English from Binghamton University and specializes in Romanticism and in modern American poetry. Her most recent foray into academics was presenting a paper called "Nature as Redeemer: Mark Twain and Mary Oliver" at The Seventh International Conference on the State of Mark Twain Studies.

Maria Vargas
Maria is originally from the Finger Lakes area. She holds both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in philosophy with a specialty in teaching critical thinking skills to incoming students. She has worked extensively with low-income, first-generation college students at both the State University of New York at New Paltz and the University of Wisconsin at Parkside. In her spare time, Maria enjoys gardening and spending time with her family and bulldog Max.

Dustin Zima
Dusty Zima is originally from Hannibal, Missouri--Mark Twain's boyhood hometown. He completed the majority of his undergraduate studies in English at the University of Maryland, and his graduate studies in English at Western Connecticut State University. While in Connecticut, Dusty worked as a Historical Interpreter at the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford. Given Mark Twain's connection to Elmira, it is only natural that he now finds himself as a Writing Lecturer at Elmira College. Dusty has presented and published several essays on Mark Twain; his academic interests (other than Mark Twain) are nineteenth century literature, literary tourism, counter-cultures, graffiti writing, and the field of American studies. In addition to his scholarly pursuits, Dusty has been a newspaper columnist and a finalist in Glimmer Train Press' Short Story Award for New Writers (2013).