Miriam Bellis 2 Miriam Bellis
Miriam Bellis received her PhD in English from the University of Miami in 1996. She has tutoring and/or teaching experience at Texas Lutheran College, the University of Texas, the University of Miami, and UAB. At UAB, she has taught several sophomore-level literature courses, including, most frequently, American Lit. II and Introduction to Literature. Miriam enjoys reading, singing, and theatre-going. Student feedback: "Miriam is a great tutor. She makes sure I understand my work."
Jessica B Pic Jessica Bonner Jessica is an adjunct tutor in the English Department. She graduated in 2010 from Samford University with a dual-major B.A. degree in English and Communication Studies. Then, she graduated from UAB in 2013 with an M.A. in English (Rhetoric and Composition concentration). In addition to tutoring at UAB, Jessica also works as Program Assistant (aid to the Executive Director) at Impact Alabama, a non-profit that specializes in serving underserved populations throughout Alabama. In her free time, she loves volunteering, sewing, hanging with family, and reading works not required for school.

Student feedback: "I learned a lot. Jessica knew exactly what my essay needed!"
George George Evans George Evans completed his bachelor’s degree at UAB with a double major in English and History. He is currently pursuing his master’s in English at UAB, with his ultimate goal being to become a professor of British Literature. When not writing an absurd amount of papers, George enjoys hanging out with his wife Emma, playing Dungeons and Dragons with his friends, reading books, and eating an unhealthy amount of cheeseburgers. Student feedback: "I love the UWC! I actually know what to do with my paper now."
UAB 1 2 copy Andrew Faustmann Andrew Faustmann received his B.A. in English with a focus in Technical Writing in 2012 from The University of Alabama in Huntsville. During his time outside academia, he has worked as a professional writer and editor at corporations within Alabama. He is currently pursuing his M.A. in English with a focus in Rhetoric and Composition at UAB. Following his time at UAB, Andrew hopes to acquire his PhD in order to work professionally and teach college students. Student feedback: "I always feel more confident about my papers after coming to the UWC. Thank you!" 
352 2 Sarah Jennings  Sarah is an adjunct English professor at UAB and at Samford University. She received her MA in English Literature, concentration in Creative Writing, from UAB in 2014 and her BA from UA in 2012 (Go Blazers and Roll Tide!). She writes short stories and nonfiction essays and dabbles in writing children's stories; her work has been published in multiple literary journals. She loves teaching writing and helping students find their own voice in their work and in her classroom. When she isn't working, she's usually watching Netflix, browsing flea malls for a great old find, or spending a few hours at one of the neat new spots in Bham.  Student feedback: "My session helped me figure out where to go next in my paper. Thank you so much!" 
Rebekah Rebekah Kummer Rebekah is a first year grad student who completed her Bachelor's in English with a concentration in linguistics at UAB, and is excited to pursue her interests in composition and rhetoric. She is also interested in incorporating ESL into her studies, and is currently learning Spanish and Portuguese. She loves chocolate, running, and the Oxford comma. Also reddit. AMA! Student feedback: "I love, love, love coming to the UWC! Everyone is so friendly and helpful!"
Rachel Landers Rachel Landers
Rachel graduated from the University of Montevallo in 2012. She has a B.A. in English with a minor in Spanish. At UAB, she received an MA in English in 2015. She is very excited to work at the writing center! Student feedback: "I enjoyed my visit. It was super helpful and productive. I will come again!"
Adele Adele Leon
Adele is a graduate student at UAB with a concentration in Composition and Rhetoric. She graduated with a B.A. in English and a minor in Philosophy from the University of Montevallo in 2011. During her break from academia, she traveled to various countries across Europe and to the Bahamas. After completing her Master's degree at UAB, she plans on pursuing a PhD and inevitably teaching composition, rhetoric, and theory to college students while living on a beach, sleeping in a hammock, and going surfing every day.

Student feedback: "Excellent tutoring service--thank you for helping."
Alex Alex Lewis
Alex is an adjunct instructor in the English Department. She graduated from the University of Alabama in 2012 with a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in English. She also holds an M.A. in English from UAB. Student feedback: "Alex was really  helpful! She helped me focus on all my problems within the paper, how to look for them, and how to correct them."
Light Kayla Light
I began my academic career at Bevill State Community College in the summer of 2009 as a first generation college student. Once I finished at Bevill, I transferred to the University of Alabama, where I completed my English degree in December 2013. I am now pursuing a master's degree in literary studies. I specialize in Romantic literature, but I am versed in other areas as well. Throughout my years of study, I have found two things to be true: 1. Determination is essential to completing any challenging endeavor. 2. Carpe Diem is a way of life, not just a phrase! Roll Blazers!

Student feedback: "I enjoy each and every one of my sessions and have developed tremendously as a writer since I began going to the UWC."

 Rabon Rabon Pennington
Rabon is a second-year graduate student in the English Department. She spent her first year of college at the University of Texas at Austin before transferring home to Birmingham-Southern College. At BSC, Rabon earned a B.A. in English with a minor in Gender and Women's Studies. She has a twin brother, a passion for makeup artistry, and a cat named Grendel! Student feedback: "I always really enjoy my time in the UWC!"
Nick Nicholas Reich Nicholas Reich recently completed his BA in Literature at UAB and has returned in pursuit of his MA. He believes there is a wealth of character to be gleaned from a person's list of favorites, so - as an introduction - here is a piece of his list: To the Lighthouse (Book), Cormac McCarthy (author), Lost in Translation (film), Modernism (literary period), Sia Furler (person in general), cats (mammal).  Student feedback: "Wonderful help! I will be back for every paper!" 
Elizabeth Geller 2 Elizabeth Simmons
Elizabeth has a B.A. from Auburn and a J.D. from the University of Alabama, along with an M.A.Ed. in ESL and an M.A. in English Literature, both from UAB. She practiced law for almost eight years, and also taught English at a local high school. When she isn’t helping UAB students write, Elizabeth is helping them plan for their lives after college as an assistant director at UAB’s Career Services. She loves Blaze, seriously dark chocolate, and food so spicy that it makes your eyes water. Her best advice on writing and life is stolen from Ben Franklin: “If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write something worth the reading or do something worth the writing.”
Student feedback: "Elizabeth was great and very helpful. Thank you. Life saver."
Cheyenne Cheyenne Taylor
Cheyenne received a B.A. in English and Creative Writing with a minor in Professional Writing from UAB in 2013, and is now pursuing her M.A. in English with a focus on poetic forms (villanelles, sonnets and blank verse, oh my!). She is the fiction editor for PMS: PoemMemoirStory, an all-women’s literary magazine, and is a staff reader for Birmingham Poetry Review. She is excited to put her experience in workshopping, revision, and close reading to good use by helping other students at the Writing Center and in her English 101 classroom. Her other interests involve good (see: spicy) food, tabletop gaming, and weird music.

Student feedback: "Great job! I feel that I benefitted greatly from my visit."
Amy Thomas Amy Thomas
Amy graduated from Mississippi State University with a BA in English in 2011 and graduated from UAB with an MA in English in 2015. She enjoys reading Victorian novels, practicing yoga, and trying to sneak British words into conversations. Student feedback: "Amy was great. Very helpful. What a great resource!"
Jason Walker Small Pic Jason Walker
Jason Walker holds a B.A. and an M.A. in English from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His poems have been published in MeasureCellpoems, and elsewhere. He also writes fictions, essays, and book reviews. During his undergraduate and graduate years at UAB, he worked with Birmingham Poetry Review and poemmemoirstory Student feedback: "Jason was very helpful and very insightful. Excellent explanations on his suggestions."
Jaci Blaze Jaclyn Wells Jaci is the Director of the UWC and an assistant professor of English. She graduated with a Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition from Purdue University and spent two years as an assistant professor at the University of Southern Indiana before coming to UAB in 2012. She enjoys reading, teaching writing, and conducting research to see who really has the best barbeque in Birmingham. Her beloved corgi mix, Travis, occasionally appears in UWC fliers.  Student feedback: "I love the UWC!"