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: “The UWC is the best place ever invented! Miriam was so wonderful and I'll definitely be back soon!”
Halley Cotton Halley Cotton Halley Cotton is a last semester graduate student in the Creative Writing program. She specializes in poetry, English as a Second Language (ESL), and tacos. In addition to working on staff with the Birmingham Poetry Review, she is also the senior poetry editor for PoemMemoirStory.

Student feedback: "Great tutor! Super friendly!"
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: “Patient, understanding, very knowledgeable. He is an asset to the writing center. Thank you!!”
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: “Andrew was very helpful, especially in sentence phrasing and word choice.”
Sarah Goggans Sarah Goggans Sarah Goggans received her B.A. in English with a double minor in Women’s Studies and Sociology from Auburn University in 2010. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in English with a concentration in African American literature from UAB. After completing her master’s degree, she will pursue her PhD in Literature. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hanging out with her pets, and playing old-school Nintendo.

Student feedback: “Very helpful and reassuring! Thanks!”

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: “She made everything so clear to me. Understood me even though I was a little bit confused myself. She knew just what to do and say to help me. Will be back.”
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: “Ms. Landers is very supportive and great help for me when I needed brainstorming ideas.”
Blaire Landry Blaire Landry Blaire is one of the work study student assistants at the UWC. She is a sophomore honors college student majoring in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Forensic Science and minoring in Accounting. She is involved on campus with USGA, Greek Life, CJSO, Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society, and Best Buddies. Student feedback: "Everyone at the UWC is so nice and helpful! I love it."
Adele Adele Leon
Adele is a second-year graduate student 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 teaching composition, rhetoric, and theory to college students while living on a beach, sleeping in a hammock, and going surfing every day.

Student feedback: Adele was so kind and understanding. She helped me so much to the point it wasn't hard at ALL. I will refer her to anyone who needs help. Thanks.”
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
Kayla began her academic career at Bevill State Community College in the summer of 2009 as a first generation college student. Once she finished at Bevill, she transferred to the University of Alabama and completed an English degree in December 2013. Kayla is now pursuing a master's degree in literary studies. She specializes in Romantic literature but is versed in other areas as well. Kayla shares two pieces of wisdom: 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: “She is great and explains everything well.”

BLAZE Amanda Ostaszewski Amanda Ostaszewski is finishing her bachelor’s degree here at UAB in English with a concentration in professional writing. She has a background in environmental conservation and spent five years as a park ranger for the Environmental Protection Agency in South Florida. After finishing her degree at UAB, Amanda hopes to pursue a master’s degree in library and information studies.

Student feedback: "I love the UWC!"
Kathryn Palmer Kathryn Palmer Kathryn Palmer earned her M.A. in Rhetoric and Composition at UAB. She has over ten years experience tutoring. Exposure to science fiction at an early age has given her an undying love of science and APA style.

Student feedback: “SHE IS AMAZING!”

 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: Rabon was really, really helpful and even went beyond the assigned time to help me.”
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: “Nick is great! He broke down each paragraph and gave me suggestions to make it better! I definitely will come back! :)”
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: “Cheyenne is very nice and helpful!”
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!"
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 enjoy each and every one of my sessions and have developed tremendously as a writer since I began going to the UWC."
Maggie Maggie Wiginton Maggie is a sophomore at UAB. When she’s not on campus, she’ll probably be at a music festival or enjoying any type of live music. She has a deep appreciation for caesar salad and nice people, and couldn’t live without Carmex or Tic Tacs. Catch her, headphones in, head bobbing around campus, and decorating the Writing Center’s board, usually with a Drake reference.

Student feedback: "I always enjoy my UWC visits so much, and I benefit greatly. I'll use the UWC for as long as I'm at UAB!"