Ariana Yeatts-Lonske
Ariana is a junior from Rockville, Maryland who is majoring in English (with a Creative Writing concentration) and minoring in Music and Psychology. In the past year, she has been a panelist at the Southeastern Writing Center Conference, the Vanderbilt Undergraduate Writing Symposium, and the Vanderbilt WGS Intersections Conference. Ariana feels very lucky to work at the Writing Studio, and she enjoys helping her peers become calm and confident writers. In her free time, she loves to do yoga, read memoirs, and attend concerts and poetry readings.


Christine Huang
Christine is a sophomore studying history and public policy in the College of Arts and Sciences. She spent most of her formative years in Shanghai, and is a member of the College Scholars program. She enjoys reading about the Soviet Union and economic theory, but also likes her mystery novels and comedienne autobiographies. Obsessively rewriting and reorganizing essay outlines is her tool of choice for procrastination. When she is not doing text or language-related activities, Christine can be found trying to stay up to date with the news, baking in her friend’s much nicer Mayfield kitchen, and exploring local coffee shops.

Dan Haney
Dan, born in the coal region of Pennsylvania, graduated from Bucknell University, where he worked for West Branch. He has been awarded the Cadigan Prize for Poetry, the Samuel Ziegler Lewis Prize, and a fellowship to the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets.  He is currently a first-year MFA student at Vanderbilt University. ​His most recent work can be found in Radar.

David Shuck
Thrilled to meet you already, David gets pretty excited at the very thought of new clients and sessions. The Studio combines so many of his favorite things–coffee, Vanderbilt, philosophy papers (his major), writing, all these lovely people whose short bios you can easily find by scrolling up and down. He’s a junior and a vegan from Green Bay, WI, and likes other things too, like board games, Orbis, Wikipedia, arguments, disc golfing, the Nordic countries, Euchre and a few other things you could ask him about. He also hopes you have a wonderful day, so please do!


Gabriel Lazarus
Gabriel is a junior studying philosophy and economics, thereby ensuring that he will have to attend graduate school to have a career. He enjoys both the science and the art of crafting a solid argument. Although it is hard to pinpoint what type of writing Gabriel most prefers, his favorite writing instrument is, hands down, the fountain pen. In addition to his exposure to academic writing, Gabriel has spent the past six summers writing for a law firm in Washington, D.C.



Kara Sherrer
Kara is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, with double majors in English and Marketing & Communications. She is also the Life Editor of The Vanderbilt Hustler campus newspaper, and spends way too much time in the newsroom as a result. Kara also enjoys reading, working out, watching football and basketball, attempting to cook, and listening to music that she thinks is obscure. She is passionate about helping other writers express their ideas while maintaining their own voices.

Kara Wilson
Kara Wilson is a cheery bookworm from the suburbs of Kansas City, Missouri. She is a sophomore pursuing two Bachelor of Arts degrees in English Literary Studies and Communications, which she hopes will give her a leg up as she pursues a career in book publishing. In her free time, she co-chairs publicity for the Vanderbilt University Concert Choir, volunteers with the Nashville Dolphins, journals profusely, and reads anything she can get her hands on.


Katie Foster
Katie is a first-year MFA student in fiction.  She grew up on the Niobrara River in the Sandhills of Nebraska and worked on trail crews for Rocky Mountain National Park before graduating from Creighton University in Omaha, NE with a B.A. in English and Graphic Design. Her interests include running, hunting for bones in the Niobrara, and, more recently, pilgrimage, born from a 600-mile hike across the northern coast of Spain.

Katie Miller
Katie is a junior majoring in English with either a minor or a double major (she’s still working out the details) in Women & Gender Studies. Her favorite topics of discussion are books, music, and Nashville coffee shops. She hopes to continue her education post-graduation and aspires to become an English professor, but for right now she is just excited to be working at the writing studio with some of Vanderbilt’s finest readers and writers.

Leah Spann
Leah is a senior in the College of Arts and Science, pursuing a double major in English Literary Studies and Psychology.  She spent last fall studying abroad at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland, and will extol the virtues of her traveling experiences at length, if indulged.  When not buried in schoolwork, she enjoys singing in the Vanderbilt University Concert Choir, supporting the performing arts both on and off campus, and, unsurprisingly, writing.  She hopes to continue in a writing-related field after graduation, but for now, she’s excited to help others improve their writing skills and produce the best work possible.

Mark Haslam
Mark Haslam is a first year MFA candidate in fiction.  Originally from Southern California and Seattle, he has been teaching middle and high school English in Oakland and New York City, and ties his shoes his own self.

Max Eagle
Representing sunny California, Max is a sophomore majoring in Economics and whatever else he may manage in the spirit of Vanderbilt’s liberal arts education. He is both humbled and proud to serve as a writing consultant among his accomplished peers, and he wants to learn from his sessions as much as he wants to help other writers achieve their goals. In his free time, Max enjoys playing tennis, eating adventurously, watching and analyzing films, and spending time (while at home) with his Australian Shepherd, “Dude.”





Scott Blain
Scott is a junior Cognitive Studies/MHS double major. He is currently researching cognitive deficits caused by schizophrenia and social stress in individuals with autism. He reviews for research journals at Vanderbilt and Colorado State and for IMPULSE neuroscience. He hopes to one day became a professor, investigating neuropsychological topics at the intersection of culture and mental health policy. He enjoys playing piano, both classically and in his world fusion band/student org, Jugal Vandy. His favorite authors are Kazuo Ishiguro and Cormac McCarthy. In his spare time, he enjoys eating, doing street magic, and riding roller coasters.


Selden Hunnicutt
Selden is a junior pursuing majors in Latin American Studies and United States History. She is a Tri Delta sister and an avid Vanderbilt football fan- Anchor Down! This spring she plans to study abroad in Santiago, Chile and travel throughout South America. Her favorite part of working at the Writing Studio is learning about all of the different topics that Vanderbilt students study. She can’t wait to assist each client in making the writing process easier and more enjoyable!

Shannon Franklin
Shannon is a PhD candidate in the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations at Peabody. Her dissertation explores the college choice process for students enrolled in for-profit higher education institutions. Originally from Birmingham, AL, Shannon lived in Korea for several years after college before returning to the U.S. for graduate school. When she’s not sitting in front of her computer digging through data or writing about it, she enjoys reading, traveling, and cooking; desserts are her favorite. She is also an animal lover and volunteers her time at the Nashville Humane Association.  She is an Alabama fan (roll tide), an NPR junkie, and a coffee addict.

Stephanie Higgs
Stephanie is thrilled to be returning to the Writing Studio, this time in the role of Arts and Sciences Fellow.  She is currently a doctoral candidate in the English Department studying 19th-century British and American literature.  Her dissertation deals with the transatlantic cotton industry, specifically with the ways the institutions inside the industry (cotton plantations, mill towns, factories, etc.) were represented in the literature and how those representations served to enable or register protest against an oppressive economy.  When not reading or writing, she enjoys cooking, baking, shopping, and trying not to embarrass herself in yoga class.

Administrative Staff

Gary Jaeger, Director
Gary has been teaching writing and consulting writers for over a decade. In addition to being the Director of the Writing Studio, he is a senior lecturer in the Philosophy Department where he teaches classes in ethics, political philosophy, and Indian philosophy. His research interests are primarily in practical reasoning and metaethics. He is the author of Repression, Integrity and Practical Reasoning (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and has published articles in journals such as the Journal of Value Inquiry, Philosophical Explorations, and Metaphilosophy. He earned a PhD in philosophy from the University of Chicago (2006) and a BA from Johns Hopkins University (1999), where he double majored in philosophy and writing. Before coming to Vanderbilt, he taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

John Bradley , Assistant Director
John is Assistant Director of the Writing Studio as well as Senior Lecturer in the English Department. He earned his PhD in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was introduced to writing center pedagogy and built up his passion for writing instruction and his conviction in the power of talk for the writing process. John’s research interests focus on twentieth-century American poetries, especially those of avant-garde and experimental movements.

Elizabeth Covington, Assistant Director
Elizabeth Covington earned her Ph.D. in English literature from Vanderbilt and is thrilled to take on the roles of Assistant Director of the Writing Studio and Senior Lecturer in English. She has articles forthcoming in Genre and Journal of Modern Literature, and she is currently working on a book about experimental psychological theories of memory and the emergence of modernist literature in Britain.

Jeff Shenton, Assistant Director
Jeff Shenton has worked with the Vanderbilt Writing Studio since 2008 as a graduate consultant and Fellow, and is now taking the reins of Assistant Director and Senior Lecturer in Anthropology.  His PhD is in anthropology from Vanderbilt University.  Jeff’s research concerns changing land use, aspirations, and conceptions of the natural world among indigenous residents of the Ecuadorian Amazon.  Previous to his graduate career at Vanderbilt Jeff worked in neuroscience research and has experience writing and publishing in both biomedical and ethnographic fields.  Jeff graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002 with a BA in English and French, with a concentration in creative writing.

Administrator: Kristen Sullivan Kristen.M.Sullivan@Vanderbilt.Edu