Hometown: Shickshinny, Pa.
Program: PhD in Literature and Criticism
Activities outside the Writing Center: Crossfit, Sealfit, English Graduate Organization member, and tracking down farmer's markets to cook innovative meals with fresh, local, organic produce
Favorite quotes about writing: "And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt." —Sylvia Plath
"'You cannot see what I see because you see what you see. You cannot know what I know because you know what you know. What I see and what I know cannot be added to what you see and what you know because they are not of the same kind. Neither can it replace
what you see and what you know, because that would be to replace you yourself.'
'Hang on, can I write this down?' said Arthur, excitedly fumbling in his pocket for a pencil.'" —Douglas Adams, Mostly Harmless