Writing Consultants

Alyssa Collins is a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Virginia and holds a BA in English from Emory University. She has taught courses in African American Literature, Twentieth Century Literature, and Writing Composition at the University of Virginia. Alyssa has also enjoyed working as a copy-editor for several academic journals and blogs. Her interests include African American, American, and Global literature and theory. Her areas of expertise include close reading, essay organization, and argument development.   

Kat Savino is a fiction writer, poet and essayist who holds an MFA from Columbia University. She has also worked at Baruch College, Hebrew Union College, and Columbia University, where she served as assistant director of the Writing Center.  Her writing has appeared in publications such as Marie Claire, Narratively, DIAGRAM, and The Los Angeles Review. She was the 2011 recipient of A Room of Her Own’s Orlando Prize in poetry.

Sophie Abramowitz is a PhD candidate studying English Literature at the University of Virginia. She has taught courses in writing, American Studies, Multi-Ethnic American Literature, and 20th Century Global Anglophone Literature. Her areas of interest include 20th century literature and cultural studies, popular music studies, critical race studies, and collection studies. A former music archivist, Sophie is also currently involved in various musical restoration, oral historical, research, and reissue projects.

Chloe Asselin, Murphy’s Writing Across the Curriculum Fellow, is a doctoral candidate in Urban Education at the CUNY Graduate Center. She has taught the US Labor History course at the Murphy Institute for the past two years. Chloe was the managing editor for Theory, Research, and Action in Urban Education, the Urban Education Program’s peer-reviewed online journal. Her research is about social movement teacher unions.

Michael Rymer coordinates the Writing Center at the Joseph Murphy Institute. He has worked in writing centers at colleges across the city, including Baruch College and Yeshiva University. Michael holds an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and a BA in comparative literature from Brown University. He is a former contributor to the Village Voice.


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