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Our Staff

The Writing Center is staffed by graduate students. Each staff member has at least a Bachelor’s degree and is pursuing an M.A., M.F.A., or Ph. D in an English discipline.

Deidre Garriott

Director

Dr. Deidre Garriott, Instructor

Elizabeth (Beth) Dellinger

Assistant Director

Elizabeth (Beth) Dellinger

 

Beth Dellinger is a third-year Ph.D. student in the English Department, specializing in post-1945 American literature. Her primary research interests include ecopoetics, documentary poetries, and poetry by women. For fun, she enjoys drinking tea, getting outside to hike or run, learning new things, and, when she has the chance, making pottery.

Christina Xan

Assistant Director

Christina Xan

 

Christina Xan is a poet, playwright, photographer, and Adjunct Professor of English at the University of South Carolina. She graduated with her M.A. in English from UofSC, where she is now pursuing her Ph.D. with a focus on Southern Literature and Women’s and Gender Studies. She has tutored at three universities and presently tutors concurrently at Allen University. In her spare time, she spreads education about art on the Board of Directors at The Jasper Project and sharpens her mom skills to spoil her cats, Fitz and Pepper.

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Tutor

Alexandra, she/her

I am a first-year M.A. student in the English Department, specializing in 19th-century English literature. My research interests include the Gothic, monsters, and dark romance. I love to write novels, work on improving my digital art, watch movies, and, most importantly, spend what time I can with my beagle, Maggie.

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Tutor

Briley, he/him

Briley is a first-year M.F.A student at The University of South Carolina. He is from Lawton, Oklahoma.

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Tutor

David, he/him

David is a first-year English M.A. student in the English department, taking particular interest in women's literature and British literature of the 19th/20th centuries. David graduated cum laude in 2019 from UofSC with a degree in English with a concentration in Secondary Education. Outside of reading and writing, David loves going to concerts, rewatching old SNL episodes, and waiting for One Direction to get back together.

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Tutor

Hannah, she/her

Hannah is a first-year M.F.A Creative Writing student in fiction. She graduated from Clemson University with degrees in American Sign Language and English with a concentration in Writing and Publication Studies. She is a former Walt Disney World cast member and has a pet rabbit named Turtle.

Senior Tutor

Senior Tutor

Hyunwook, he/him

Hyunwook is a second-year Ph.D. student in the English Department, specializing in contemporary Asian-American literature. His primary research interests include ethnic literature and American comics. For fun, he enjoys watching movies and doing new sports activities.

Jake

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Jake, they/them

Jake Smith is a first-year Creative Writing student in the Poetry concentration. They graduated in 2020 from the University of Georgia with a BA in Sociology and English with a concentration in Creative Writing. They collect cartomancy decks, love fantasy fiction both for study and escapism, and have a great appreciation for streaming services and naps. Their favorite flower is tiny bluets.

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Tutor

Kaitlyn, she/her

Kaitlyn is a first-year M.F.A student in the English Department, specializing in short fiction and novels. She graduated from Presbyterian College with a bachelors in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. In 2018, her short story "Helpless" was published by Z Publishing House, establishing a spot in South Carolina's Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Fiction. Her hobbies include but are not limited to digital art, worshiping Critical Role, and having extensive, one-sided conversations with her cat, Jasper.

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Tutor

Kenny, he/him

Kenny is a first-year graduate student pursuing an M.A. in Rhetoric and Composition, specializing in cultural studies and rhetorics of science. He received a bachelors in chemistry with a minor in English from Texas A&M University College Station and is now branching out into the humanities.

Kip

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Kip, they/she

Kip is an M.F.A poetry student from New Jersey. They graduated from Montclair State University with a B.A in English Literature and Public and Professional Writing. They are interested in Postwar American Poetry, intersectional feminist literature, Indian food, and the 1995 Pavement album Wowee Zowee. In another life they'd be a skywriting pilot, getting paid to draw hearts in the sky.

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Tutor

Samantha (Sam), she/her

Samantha is a first-year M.F.A. student in the English Department.  Outside poetry, her interests include photography, swimming and hiking, cooking, and gardening.


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