Writers Room studio, January 2018

Writers Room studio, January 2018

Writers-in-Residence

Stay tuned for CCW’s Writers-in-Residence. Meet the graduate students, activists, adjuncts, professors, and professionals who will provide the Conference on Community Writing with a collaborative, real-time response to keep us all honest and continue the conversations started in-session.

Anna Floch Arcello is the assistant director of the University Writing Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She holds a PhD in Composition and Rhetoric from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MA in English Education and English Studies from NYU, and a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing (Poetry) also from NYU. She currently teaches writing courses at UMass, teaches courses for graduate instructors of writing, and collaborates to co-lead a writing program that serves over 5,000 students across campus. Her research and writing has examined the role of identity, vulnerability, emotion, and empathy in the lives of diverse writers. She is currently one of 12 faculty fellows at UMass that explore how to enhance students’ learning and academic success across cultural, social, and learning differences by adopting a strength-based, inclusive, and equitable approach to teaching and learning grounded in the value of diversity. These themes are woven into her writing, teaching, and leadership and highlight a sincere desire to create accessible, just, contemplative, and critically reflective classrooms and pedagogical opportunities for all students, teachers, and writers. She is the proud (and sometimes tired) mother of two very spirited children, Ollie and Ruby.

April Conway is a Lecturer in the Sweetland Center for Writing and the English Department Writing Program at the University of Michigan. She holds a PhD in English with a specialization in the Rhetoric & Writing and a Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Graduate Certificate from Bowling Green State University. Her research and teaching interests include community literacies, writing research methods and methodologies, antiracist composition pedagogy, feminist praxis, and space and place studies. Some things she loves: her kid, the desert, dessert, art, justice, writing, travel, home.

Candace Epps-Robertson is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in writing, literacy, and rhetoric. Her research examines social histories of rhetoric and literacy. Her first book, Resisting Brown: Race, Literacy, and Citizenship in the Heart of Virginia, examines a literacy program designed to serve a community that closed public schools from 1959-1964 to oppose integration. Her next book investigates the roll of parochial rhetorical educations in the Black community during Reconstruction and what implications that moment holds for contemporary conversations about race and citizenship.

Amanda Fields is Writing Center Director and Assistant Professor of English at Central Connecticut State University. She received a PhD in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English from the University of Arizona and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota. She has co-edited two essay collections (My Caesarean: Twenty-One Mothers on the C-Section Experience and After and Toward, Around and Away From Tahrir: Tracking Emergent Expressions of Egyptian Identity), and publishes scholarship and creative writing. "Performing Urgency: Slamming and Spitting as Critical and Creative Response to State Crisis" won the 2016 Kairos Best Webtext Award.

Michelle LaFrance

Danielle Littman is an engaged scholar and multidisciplinary artist currently pursuing her PhD in Social Work at the University of Denver. She holds her Masters in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago, and her Bachelors in Theatre and Creative Writing from Northwestern University. She is committed to the integration of artistic methods in social science research, and currently studies how young people find spaces of belonging amidst multiple axes of marginalization. Her writing ventures to capture the shadows, edges, and undercurrents of what's said and unsaid.

Janel McCloskey is an Associate Director of the University Writing Program at Drexel University where she directs the Drexel Writing Center. She has always been a writer and thought of herself as a creative writer. However, as a writing program administrator, most of her writing has been for or about students. She’s found a deep satisfaction in developing programs that help students become better writers and thinkers, better collaborators and citizens. Using antiracist pedagogy in this work has enabled students to see their connection to their peers, the institution, neighbors and their communities. As they discover their agency in these spaces, the real value of writing centers is realized. She looks forward to learning new ways to do this work for and with community and to flexing her creative writing muscles in service of reflecting all of your work back to you.

Carol Richardson McCullough is a Founding Member of Writers Room who has been an integral part of each stage of the program’s growth—from its regular programming to the NEA-funded festival celebrating the life and work of Zora Neale Hurston to Tripod, an intergenerational photo-essay project. Her work as Cultural Liaison has helped forge partnerships with institutions including The Free Library of Philadelphia and Mural Arts Philadelphia. Her work as a researcher on the Corporation for National and Community Service study utilizes her expertise as a writer and her experience as a secondary language arts teacher. Holding a BA in Language Arts, Marshall University ‘76, she is Old School. Vintage. Currently she is checking her receipts and writing it all down. And when she’s through, watch out. Her greatest joy thus far has been shepherding two children into adulthood while navigating a life contiguous to the autism spectrum as an advocate in a vibrant yet dangerous city. Sometimes she feels like a warrior—but when she picks up her pen, she is Writer—with poems and prose all up and through Writers Room publications, and a memoir slice published last year in a chapbook called Implosion.

Amy Patterson is a fourth-year PhD student (ABD) in Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design at Clemson University, where she serves as an online Graduate Teacher of Record. Since moving to NYC in 2018, Amy has gained experience as a grant writer with various nonprofits and community groups. Before this, she was an associate dean at a community college in Wisconsin, where she taught composition and communication for several years. Amy has been published in Computers and Composition Digital Press, Teaching English in the Two-Year College, and the Journal of Civic Commitment, among others. Her dissertation highlights connections between sonic composing, theater sound design, and social justice.

Teigha VanHester


Director of Writers-in-Residence:

Kirsten Kaschock holds degrees in English literature, Choreography, Creative Writing, and Dance studies from Yale University, University of Iowa, Syracuse University, University of Georgia, and Temple University. She is the author of four books of poetry and a novel. An Assistant Teaching Professor at Drexel University, she has worked with Writers Room for the past four years. Sometimes she makes things. Sometimes she thinks about making things. And sometimes she writes about things others assume impossible to make. She thinks this may recommend her.