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Meet Our Coaches

Akeem is a native of LaPlace, LA. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA. He has a passion for inspiring individuals through his writing and believes that “everyone has a story to tell.” Akeem is currently studying to receive his Master’s Degree in Communications from Southeastern Louisiana University.

Alex is a graduate of The University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop, where he studied fiction. His stories and essays have been published in Hobart, Expat Press, and others. Originally from the Midwest, his writing has also been included in a forthcoming anthology from the Wisconsin Historical Society. He’s passionate about the many mediums of storytelling from film and television to games and interactive fiction. When he’s not writing, Alex enjoys producing electronic music, a hobby he’s had for over a decade.

Ann is a writer and producer. She has a BA in Art History from New York University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of New Orleans. Her work has been featured in the Times-Picayune, the Shreveport Times, Pelican Bomb, and BURNAWAY.

Casey is a writer and editor from New Orleans, LA. They hold a B.A. in English Literature from Loyola University New Orleans. They’re interested in how various forms of trauma shape narrative trends in contemporary media, and also have a lot of opinions about emo music. Their nonfiction has been featured in the LA Review of Books, 433, and Daily Drunk Magazine. Along with their role in the Writing Center, they’re currently the Print Manager for Daily Drunk Magazine.

Chris has taught college-level literature and writing in North Carolina, where she received her Ph.D., and locally at Tulane, SUNO, and Delgado. She also taught high school English for ten years in the New Orleans public schools. As a coach, she enjoys the opportunity to work extensively with students one-on-one as they journey to become self-aware and successful readers and writers.

David is from Scott, LA. After earning an MA in English in 1983, he worked at the Louisiana World Exposition in New Orleans where he was a producer and a performer at the Louisiana Folklife Pavilion. He has been performing as a member of BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet since 1977 and has received two Grammy Awards, recorded 28+ albums, and toured all of the US and at least 20 countries. Since the start of the pandemic, he and his wife have broadcast a weekly performance on Facebook. David has been an English instructor at Delgado Community College since 2017.

Donna has worked at the Writing Center for three years and is particularly expert in working with ELL students. She is a published writer, researcher, former high school English teacher, and college instructor with years of experience teaching and coaching writing. She enjoys seeing students’ writing improve over time and the feeling students get when they experience academic success. She wants every student she coaches to win in life and at college.

Elle is an English Instructor at Delgado Community College. Her writing has been published in Kenyon Review, The Appalachian Review, and others. She enjoys brainstorming, re-structuring, and re-organizing until the final product is like a work of art.

Estella joins the Writing Center as an English Instructor with 15 years of service and leadership working with diverse and disadvantaged student populations. She credits her experiences as a non-traditional, beginning teacher and a parent of a child with exceptionality in understanding the significance and value of support systems and personnel in student successes. Estella holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications, a Master’s degree in Middle Grades & Secondary Education, and a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Gardner Webb University of Boiling Springs, NC. Estella recently returned to her deep southern roots and relocated to Louisiana with her spouse and son to be near aging relatives. She has served as a support system to adult learners as an Instructional Coach, Professional Development Facilitator, and Consultant to educators in North Carolina and Louisiana. She recognizes the significance of having support as she attributes the completion of her dissertation to her writing coach, Dr. Sydney Brown.

Genevieve received her MFA in Fiction from the University of New Orleans. She has been a writing teacher and coach since 2017 and loves to share what she knows about the craft. Her short stories and personal essays have been featured in Sinister Wisdom, Hawaii Review, and the anthology Something in the Water. She was a finalist for the 2022 Saints and Sinners Literary Contest. As someone who loves to hear and perform live storytelling, you can find her at The Moth or Greetings, From Queer Mountain. She also has a shameful Candy Crush addiction, but that’s a whole other thing.

Isabelle is bilingual in French and English and has lived in New Orleans for 16 years. She has an MA in English from UNO. In addition to coaching at the Writing Center at Delgado, she teaches Verbal Reasoning for the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) at Xavier University. Currently, she is writing a book, due for publication in 2021, about her experiences teaching incarcerated men and women in Orleans Parish Prison.

Jamal is an experienced high school English teacher who remains committed to helping all students champion their own unique story through the power of writing. He holds a B.A in English and Political Science from North Carolina Central University as well as an M.A in English from Tulane University. As a lifelong scholar, his interests broadly focus on innovative strategies that push for creative writing. During his spare time, he enjoys cycling and running.

Julian is a New Orleans native who, when not working on music or film, spends his time photographing the city he calls home and its wonderful inhabitants. He received his BA in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing from Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi. Being passionate about the arts, Julian has been involved in several film productions here in New Orleans, both as an actor, as well as a Production Assistant. Julian believes that artistic expression in all its forms, combined with education, are enough to save the world.

Kamisha has been working at the Westbank Delgado Learning Resource Center for 10 years. She has a Bachelors of Arts in English from Dillard University and a Masters of Science in Counseling from Capella University. She is an educator in the public-school system and enjoys working with youth getting them prepared for the next level of their academic journey. Kamisha also loves working with the students at the LRC and witnessing their enthusiasm about becoming better writers and developing a liking for English Composition and Literature.

Katherine is a lifelong New Orleanian and has taught English, grammar, and writing at Delgado Community College and the University of New Orleans, where she received her B.A. and M.A. in English. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Library and Information Science to further support her commitment to higher education. As a writing coach, she particularly enjoys supporting and encouraging student writers in their writing, reading, researching, and overall educational goals.

Lizzie is a writer and director born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras and raised in New Orleans. Lizzie speaks fluent Spanish and has a B.A. in Photojournalism from Loyola University, New Orleans. She is an alumnus of the New Orleans Film Festival’s Emerging Voices workshop, where she developed her series Token Empire with Co-creator Darren O’Brien. Her short film, Sonnet 95, re-imagined the Shakespeare sonnet as a 1940’s noir featuring an all-African American cast, made in collaboration with The New York Shakespeare Exchange. Lizzie is also the Creative Director of the Artisan Bryan Bakery blog, which won a 2019 Saveur Blog award.

Maddie is a recent graduate of LSU where she received her BA and MA in Anthropology with a focus on ethnography. Her research and writing has been presented at several academic conferences including the American Association of Anthropology. She is driven by a passion for making education accessible and providing students with the tools they need to successfully communicate their experiences and ideas.

Morgan is a recent graduate of Howard University where he studied Journalism and English. He has a passion for storytelling and enjoys film. While at Howard, Morgan was Editor-in-Chief of his Capstone class publication, a member of the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporters and completed an honors thesis on the media coverage of the protests of Muhammad Ali and Colin Kaepernick.

Michelle is originally from Lafayette, LA and holds an MA in English from Tulane University. In addition to working as a coach at the Writing Center, she teaches English as a Second Language at Delgado. Michelle specializes in helping nonnative speakers improve their academic English skills and has worked in both the U.S. and Spain. She has also worked as a writer and editor and in the film industry. She enjoys helping students to become more proficient writers and to gain confidence in their writing voices.

Missy has worn many hats, some with feathers: news photographer and writer, non-profit director, radio personality, and academic administrator, spending some 13 years as manager of the Music Department at UNO. By night she is The Dominatrix of the Blues, playing jazz, blues, and R & B on WWOZ-FM. Her award-winning essays on nature, family, and music have been published in several literary journals, and she was a contributing author to “Voices Rising: The Katrina Narrative Project.”

Robert is a Louisiana certified English teacher with almost 5 years of experience in the Delgado Writing Center. He is also a writer and editor for Antigravity Magazine, a small New Orleans alternative-culture publication. As an educator, Robert believes that education is about guiding students toward their strengths and harnessing that in the context of their education to build their confidence.

Serena is a chronically online 23 year-old Miamian and Spanish heritage speaker with a Bachelor’s degree in English literature and a teaching certificate from Loyola University New Orleans. They have almost a decade of tutoring experience, and they’ve taught in schools, multiple summer enrichment programs, and a math tutoring center. They also worked as writer and editor for Loyola’s Feminist Forum Magazine.

With an MA in English Literature and Library Science, Susan returns to Delgado with nearly 40 years of teaching students and teachers across the state of Louisiana and the Greater New Orleans area. A National Board Certified Teacher who is also a certified librarian, she has previously taught English 101, 102 and developmental reading at Delgado. Known for her affection for her own French ancestry, she enjoys serving as an informal ambassador to New Orleans by promoting its culture and literature and serving as a docent to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. She supports various local museums and enjoys volunteering with the Ballet Association of New Orleans and the Ladies Leukemia League.

Téo is a recent graduate of The University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop, with a focus in nonfiction writing where they served as the associate nonfiction editor of Bayou Magazine. They were adopted from Brazil as an infant and raised in southern Vermont. Coming out as a transmasculine significantly changed how they consider the self and shaped much of their writing. They have published works of fiction in Crab Fat Magazine and Paragon Journal and poetry in the St. Lawrence University Magazine, The Laurentian Magazine, and Tiny Seeds Journal. Most recently, Téo published an essay to HerStry Magazine and blog.

BA IN Creative Writing

As a student of creative writing, you’ll explore how we try to understand our lives and our world by writing stories, poems, essays, and novels. Over the course of required workshops and seminars, you’ll develop your own distinctive voice as a writer and create a portfolio of original work that you’ll present in a public reading in your senior year. And by practicing different modes of writing—creative, critical, and professional—you’ll also develop the kind of critical thinking and writing skills that can be applied to many different careers.

“Queens . fostered creativity and taught me how to write. It didn’t feel prejudicial against the kinds of things I wanted to write – which is a very good way to kill somebody’s interest and skillset, by the way – so it was a perfect petri dish in which to grow my career.” -Chuck Wendig, ’98, New York Times Best-Selling Author, Star Wars: Aftermath

Chuck Wendig, ’98 with Dr. Michael Kobre

Internships

Our creative writing majors have held internships at various magazines, small presses, organizations and businesses. More specifically, some have interned with:

Charlotte Arts and Science Council

Carolina Actors Studio

The Charlotte Observer

Charlotte Arts Magazine

Creative Loafing News

Jefferson Pilot Insurance

Our English majors have gone on to jobs in publishing, editing, newspaper and television journalism, copywriting and advertising. We also have graduates who have become employees in a variety of non-traditional fields ranging from financial institutions to small businesses.

Some alumni have pursued graduate studies in literature, creative writing, teaching, drama and law. Some of our students furthering their study in English have attended University of Cambridge, Emory University, New York University, Purdue, Sarah Lawrence, Tulane, George Mason University, UNC-Greensboro, University of Iowa and University of Washington.

You will also have the option to attain licensure to teach English at the secondary level (grades 9-12) in collaboration with our Cato School of Education.

Faculty

Our experienced faculty are passionate about their field. With their extensive knowledge and background, they are prepared to work closely with you as you pursue a degree in creative writing. Meet your professors.

Gain a competitive edge by studying abroad, whether for a short study trip, a semester, or a year-long program. Recently students went to Paris to study literature from “The Lost Generation,” including Ernest Hemingway.

Queens’ faculty balance their scholarship and creative aspirations with their dedication to students. Creative writing majors have the opportunity to learn through collaboration with faculty members, which include a Pulitzer Prize Award Finalist.

Students from all disciplines—especially literature and creative writing— can join Signet, Queens’ literary magazine, to learn about the publishing process and plan campus readings and events.