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Chale Abad

Chale Abad (pronounced SHA LAY, rhymes with filet) is an undergraduate pursuing a double degree in computer science and film and media arts. She enjoys narratives, research papers, and informative speeches. The voice and delivery of a piece is what intrigues her within the writing process, although she can help with ...
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grammar and “punny” paper titles too. Her experience includes working with her high school’s yearbook and newspaper, forensics performances, and angsty poetry. She has an incomprehensible love for turtles and Taylor Swift.

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Bosten Arcand

Bosten Arcand is an undergraduate student majoring in English (language and rhetoric emphasis) and a minor in history. Hoping to eventually take these studies into the field of teaching, he appreciates a variety of different topics and ideas. Therefore, his favorite writing to work with revolves around anything that has to do with the humanities and social sciences. ...
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The subjects that he is most comfortable working with include but are not limited to English, history, education, languages/linguistics, political science, and business/finance. Since his favorite part of the writing process is the developing of ideas, he enjoys working with any type of writing that requires creating an argument and providing evidence to back it up. Bosten is currently re-editing an essay submission for the Lucerna, in which he discusses the rise of the modern “vandweller” as a distinct subculture and their strategies of resistance. Bosten’s favorite movie is Pulp Fiction because, in Bosten’s words, “Quentin Tarantino is a genius director!”

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Dalton Blackwell

Dalton Blackwell is an undergraduate majoring in communication studies with and emphasis in film and media arts. He is also minoring in creative writing. He enjoys working with all types of writing but finds that helping students with their creative writing to be the most interesting and rewarding as he very much enjoys the creative process. ...
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He enjoys the early stages of writing, gathering thoughts and sentences because then they are like puzzle pieces one must fit together. He is currently brainstorming ideas for a novel he would like to write someday, with little ideas and side projects popping up every so often. He enjoys learning about art, the baroque period being his favorite. He takes interest in literature as well with his favorite books including Slaughterhouses Five and To Kill a Mockingbird. Dalton is most passionate about cinema and considers it to be the ultimate art form as it combines aesthetics, music, performance, writing, etc. His favorite filmmakers include Wong Kar Wai, Fritz Lang, Stanley Kubrick, and he also has a soft spot for Andrei Tarkovsky. His favorite films include Suspiria (2018), Stalker (1979), Eureka (2000) and Through a Glass Darkly (1961).

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Anja Browning

Anja Browning (pronounced Anya, but she answers to Hermione) is an undergraduate with the School of Education concentrating in social studies and history. She enjoys research and essay construction, especially in works full of allegory and personal nuance. ...
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Anja will look for any excuse to visit a library and spends her free time baking and/or marathoning historical biographies. A perfect day (a.k.a. a no essays due in the next week) would be exploring the Nelson Atkins, Gates BBQ, and a Royals game!

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Bailey Cairns

Bailey Cairns is studying English with an emphasis in language and rhetoric. She enjoys working with argumentative papers because she becomes enlightened with new perspectives on any given subject. ...
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As far as the writing process goes, she likes working with a completed first draft and brainstorming new ideas with the writer on how to enhance and deepen it. She shares her poetry on her social media platforms with hopes of writing a book someday, and her favorite season is spring because, in Bailey’s words, “everything is blooming again, and it reminds me that I can too.”

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Kaylor Caldwell

Kaylor Caldwell is currently a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology Program. Her undergraduate degree is in psychology with minors in African American Studies and English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is most comfortable and has the most experience working with the American Psychological Association (APA) format. She loves helping students with all types of essays (e.g., narrative, compare and contrast, and persuasive/argumentative). ...
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Her favorite thing about the writing process is seeing students start to put their own personality and personal touch in their writing. Kaylor enjoys trying to obtain a green thumb (she has three plants at the moment), shopping at locally-owned clothing stores, and listening to crime podcasts.

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Raquel Craney

Raquel Craney is a third-year student in the Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program. She earned a B.A. in psychology and a B.S. in family and human development from Arizona State University. While Raquel's personal involvement with writing is generally research-oriented, she is passionate about all forms of writing. ...
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Her favorite part of the writing process is investigating the topic of interest and formulating research questions. For fun, Raquel enjoys finding the best burritos in K.C., vintage shopping, and dancing the night away with friends.

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Mitchell Dotson

Mitchell Dotson is a sophomore majoring in art education and hopes to become a ceramics teacher after graduating. As a writer and writing consultant, Mitchell most enjoys working with research papers. His favorite part of the writing process is gathering...
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sources for research and brainstorming ways to bring research together into a coherent thesis. Mitchell enjoys reading Stephen King novels because of King’s majestic way of making the grotesque beautiful.

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Thomas Ferrel

Thomas Ferrel is Director of the Writing Studio, Co-Director of the Greater Kansas City Writing Project, and an instructor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He has a Ph.D. In English and Education Leadership, Policies, and Foundations from the University of Missouri-Kansas City; an M.A. in English (literary and cultural studies emphasis) from the University of Hawai'i at Mãnoa; and a B.A. in ...
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English with a minor in history from MidAmerica Nazarene University. Thomas has published in Composition Forum, Praxis, Across the Disciplines, the National Writing Projects's Projects in Action series, and The Writing Center Journal. His research focuses on critical pedagogy, institutional social justice work, and writing center studies. His current projects explore the rhetoric of service and how teachers carry commitments to equity and principles from their classroom pedagogy into service work for their departments, home institutions, local communities, and professional disciplines. He enjoys working with writers from any discipline and at any point of the writing process and particularly appreciates opportunities to gain new perspectives and knowledge from writers working in fields outside of his own. A fun Friday night for Thomas involves cooking (and eating) spicy food with his teenage children and their friends while listening to real genius playlists that result from cross-generational, collaborative music mixing and intergenerational conversations. If there's a writer, a recipe, or a tune that he should check out or his life won't be complete, email it to Thomas at ferrelt@umkc.edu.

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Mia Flynn

Mia Flynn is currently in her first (gulp) year as a Ph.D. student in UMKC’s counseling psychology program. She graduated from Grand Valley State University in Michigan with a degree in psychology and a minor in sociology. While there, she worked as a writing consultant for three years and missed it so much that ...
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she had to return. Mia enjoys working with all types of writing and meeting students wherever they are in that process. She especially enjoys getting to work with students on organization and finding a focus in their writing! Her predissertation project will begin spring semester and will likely focus on family dynamics and their impact on quality of life and anxiety levels. When she is not spending time learning how to be a graduate student, she can be found reading outdoors, playing with dogs (even if they are not hers), or hunting for beach glass if she is near water.

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Bryan Fox

Bryan D. Fox is a graduate student in the Department of Psychology, completing his Ph.D. in the applied cognitive and brain sciences program. He is also a Preparing Future Faculty Fellow, holding a Certificate of College Instruction and teaching several psychology courses both here at UMKC as well as other institutions in the area. A lifelong Roo, Bryan received his B.A. in psychology (2009), a B.A. in communication studies (2010), and his M.A. in experimental health psychology (2016) all from UMKC. ...
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He anticipates defending his dissertation some time during calendar year 2019 and continuing to teach both undergraduate and graduate courses in psychology full-time--along with serving as a research mentor in UMKC’s Cognitive Psychophysiology Research Group and as a writing consultant. Bryan is well-versed in empirical writing styles, APA format in particular. He values working with students of all educational backgrounds and perspectives in coming up with objective measures and definitions of their particular construct(s), specifying hypotheses for testing, and organizing research papers for clarity and fit within existing literature. While some of the front-end work is particularly enjoyable (brainstorming, organizing, e.g.), the part of the writing process Bryan most enjoys is making those long-sought-after “final edits”– the part of the writing process in which the student realizes that their idea has gone from concept to outline to draft to finished product, and that they now see themselves as a writer. When he’s not preparing for class or working on his dissertation, Bryan enjoys spending time with his family, and visiting Asgard, Westeros, Tattooine, or Disney World as often as possible. However, his favorite place to spend time with his kiddos is right here at home, taking full advantage of all the sports, food, and arts that Kansas City has to offer.

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Manasa Gadiraju

Manasa Gadiraju is a second-year student in the 6-year BA/MD program, currently pursuing her Bachelors in Liberal Arts with a minor in Chemistry. She enjoys creative as well as academic writing, and especially enjoys the drafting stage of the writing process, as she finds it gratifying to watch her ideas come together and her writing begin to take shape. One of her writing projects is an interview examining the culture and perseverance of the working class and can be found in the 2019 Sosland Journal. ...
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Her favorite book is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern; she is captivated by the rich imagery and lush descriptions that make the reader feel as though they are immersed in Morgenstern’s world.

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Sarthak Garg

Sarthak Garg is currently an undergraduate student in the six-year medical program at UMKC, pursuing a major in liberal arts with a minor in chemistry. He enjoys working with all types of writing, but he favors scholarly/research papers of any kind. He has worked on his own papers in a litany of ...
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fields ranging from life and biological sciences to semiotics and critical race theory. In terms of the writing process, he relishes the inception of a work. Coming up with ideas, developing arguments, researching sources, and synthesizing articles are among his favorite elements of writing. His favorite thing to do is cook. As a scientist at heart, he loves experimenting with different international cuisines, resulting in delectable fusion cuisine. But more than cooking, Sarthak loves eating. He loves trying new things, but at the same time stays true to his roots and savors Indian cuisines the most.

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Navya Gonuguntla

Navya Gonuguntla is a graduate student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is a computer science major with an emphasis on data science and software engineering. Navya is an international student who earned a Bachelor of Technology degree from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, India. Although she enjoys working with all different types of writing, research papers interest her the most. Her favorite part of the writing process is gathering information and coming up with fresh, innovative ideas for the purpose of research. ...
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Navya loves reading novels and considers herself a bookworm. She enjoys reading Sidney Sheldon novels because of Sheldon’s strong characterization of female protagonists and gripping stories. Some of her favorite movies include Gravity (2013), Cast Away (2000) and The Call (2013).

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Katrina Logal

Katrina Logal is an undergraduate student studying English with a creative writing emphasis. She enjoys working with all types of works, but prefers fiction. Her favorite part of the writing process is the development of ideas and research. ...
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Aside from writing, Katrina loves to read and garden. She can often be found lifting and doing yoga at the gym or cross-stitching in the library.

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Ituwa Lubani

Ituwa Lubani is an undergraduate student here at UMKC. She is a health science major and a communications minor. Her favorite season is spring because she was born in March, and she loves ...
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the rain.

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Patrick Sanders

Patrick Sanders is an undergraduate student expected to graduate in May '20 with an English creative writing major and an editing minor. He enjoys working with and writing works of fiction, but also rhetorical analyses and critical discourse. His favorite part of the writing process is the euphoria after ...
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completing a particularly difficult project. He writes music reviews for a variety of small publications and his personal blog, and has self-published a book of poetry called Notes from a Blue Moleskine. He also records ambient music under the moniker ps, with one record called "music for thinking." Some of his minor obsessions include home-brewing coffee, experimental music, synthesizers, painting, philosophy, and more recently, horticulture. His favorite author is Albert Camus; he believes that Camus has a timeless, tastefully pretentious writing style.

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Krit Selvarajoo

Krit Selvarajoo is currently a sophomore majoring in English and chemistry. She enjoys working with all types of writing, especially argumentative writing. Her favorite part of the writing process is when writers incorporate their passions into their writing. This is because it makes the writing process much more meaningful. ...
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She is also the president of Her Campus at UMKC, which is the number one new-media brand for the empowered college woman. In her free time, she can be found binge-watching Netflix, reading poetry, or sipping too much coffee.

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Nam Vu

Nam Vu is a second-year undergraduate working on a B.A. in English literature. He enjoys most types of writing, particularly any writing that reflects upon or analyzes works of literature. He believes that every student can work on their writing to become a better writer than ...
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the previous version of himself/herself. He enjoys working with the intricacies of the drafting process, especially when dealing with the structural elements of writing. He likes to be outdoors whenever he can. He has a passion for hiking and visiting national parks because they give him inspiration and recharge him.

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Amaya Wilson

Amaya Wilson is an undergraduate student at UMKC. She is pursuing a B.A. degree in psychology. She enjoys working with children and being a helping hand to others. Her favorite color is pink, and she loves shopping....
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During her free time, she likes to read drama and romance novels. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. After she completes her degree, she plans on attending grad school to further her education in psychology.

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