Writing Lecturers

Dr. Katrina Shilts
Katrina Shilts is Director of the Academic Writing Program and the Writing Center at Elmira College, where she has taught writing and occasionally literature for over ten years.  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. She loves animals of all kinds.

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.

Dr. Minjeong Kim
Minjeong Kim led a globetrotting life, living in Korea, Canada, and France, until she finally settled down and received a MA and a Ph.D. in English at State University of New York at Binghamton. In her doctoral dissertation “The Female Bildungsroman in the Age of Empire,” she offer a feminist and postcolonial reading of canonical “modernist” fiction by such writers as E.M.Forster, D.H.Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, and Katherine Mansfield. Her research interests include early twentieth century British literature, postcolonial theory, globalization, and gender and sexuality studies. She is currently living in Ithaca, NY with her husband and two bunnies. When she is not teaching writing or reading novels from all over the world, she spends a lot of time listening to and researching classical piano music. She is an amateur pianist.

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.