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Amy Sweeney
Amy is a senior pursuing majors in Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology, as well as Communication of Science and Technology. She enjoys dancing to 80s new wave music, squealing at animals, and eating black beans, and she can’t wait to be a part of your writing process.


Ariana Yeatts-Lonske
Ariana is a Maryland native and third year Writing Studio consultant majoring in English/Creative Writing with minors in Music and Psychology. This past summer, she taught middle schoolers about unusual ways to commit murder while encouraging them not to practice this new knowledge on each other (as a Detective Fiction TA at Duke TIP). When not helping clients think through their ideas at the Writing Studio, Ariana is the executive poetry editor of the Vanderbilt Review, an assistant poetry editor of the Nashville Review, a sister of SAI music sorority, and a volunteer ambassadore with Vanderbilt Next Steps. In her free time, she likes to thrift for cat t-shirts and brightly colored jeans, rest in child’s pose and say she’s doing yoga, loiter on Spotify, and read poetry to her patient pup, Lucy.


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.

Holli Loomans
Holli is a PhD candidate in the Department of Cancer Biology. Originally from Wisconsin, Holli completed a B.S. in Psychology and Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a M.P.H. from the University of Texas-Houston School of Public Health. Her dissertation work focuses on the mechanisms of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma progression and possible therapeutic targets in these pathways. Holli is also an active member of the Cancer Biology Student Association and works as a graduate teaching assistant. When not hovering over a lab bench, Holli goes rock climbing and hiking out in the Tennessee wilderness.

Kara Wilson
Kara Wilson is a junior in the College of Arts and Science majoring in Communication Studies and English. Once she graduates, she hopes to work at a non-profit organization for the arts in her hometown of Kansas City, Missouri. When Kara is not in the Writing Studio, she sings in the Vanderbilt University Concert Choir, listens to music and podcasts, scribbles to-do lists in her bullet journal, and lurks in the candle aisle at Target. If she has writer’s block, she finds a really large whiteboard with a dry-erase marker and writes down any idea she has for a paper, then paces until she comes up with an argument.

Rachel Gould
Rachel is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English. Her research interests include literature from the eighteenth century, particularly texts that explore the relationship between the Ottoman and British empires. She fell in love with writing in college and now loves to share her excitement with others and helping them to develop their own voices. When she’s not reading or writing, Rachel will be sitting in front of a canvas painting or outside hiking through whatever state park is closest.

Zach Gospe
Zach Gospe is a sophomore from Los Altos, California who is double majoring in English (with a Creative Writing concentration) and Physics. While Zach greatly enjoys writing scientific, analytical, and nonfictional works, he is most passionate about poetry and fiction. When he is not writing or reading, Zach can most often be found writing music, attempting to paint, baking, going for long walks, or losing a game of squash.

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: Sarah Friddle  Sarah.Friddle@Vanderbilt.Edu