Paula Harrington, Director of Farnham Writers’ Center

In addition to directing the Farnham Writers’ Center, Paula Harrington teaches writing, tutoring writing, and American literature. Before coming to Colby in 2008, she taught writing, literature, and American Studies at Marymount College of Fordham University, the University of New England, and the University of California, Davis. In 2013, she was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Paris for a research project that examined French cultural stereotypes in the writings of Mark Twain. At Marymount/Fordham, she also served as director of composition and director of the writing center. She holds a PhD in English from UC Davis, an MA in English from San Francisco State University, and a BA, magna cum laude, in English and Writing from Columbia University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. With Stacey Sheriff, director of the Colby Writing Program, she has contributed chapters to The Internationalization of U.S. Writing Programs (eds. Shirley Rose and Irwin Weiser, forthcoming from Utah State UP) and Writing Program Architecture (eds. Bryna Siegel Finer and Jamie White-Farnham, Utah State UP, 2017). With Ronald Jenn, professor of Translation Studies at the University of Lille, she is the author of Mark Twain & France: The Making of a New American Identity (University of Missouri Press, 2017), and her articles have appeared in the minnesota review and the Mark Twain Annual. She is also a former journalist, who worked as a reporter and columnist for daily papers including the San Francisco Examiner, San Mateo Times Group, and Contra Costa Times Group. Her research interests include tutoring across identities, cultural and national stereotypes in writing, and Mark Twain studies.

Eliza Adams ’18

Eliza hails from a small town 42 minutes outside of Boston and 15 minutes from the nearest Chipotle (where she can be found most nights). She is a double major in English and psychology. When she’s not devouring burrito bowls or dancing with Colby’s Hipnotik, she’s probably either hiking, baking, knitting, napping, Facetiming with her dog, or eating cereal in Dana. She has been repeatedly confused for a CCAK mentee by the Benton Elementary School gym teacher but still cherishes her time with the program. Eliza has had a love for writing ever since she debuted her first novel in second grade, “Eliza Goes to the Movies”, which received rave reviews from her parents and twin brother. She can’t wait to work with students in the Farnham Writers Center this year!

Ali Russell ’18

Ali is a senior psychology major from Hampden, ME and spent the spring studying marketing and advertising in London. Ali is the head tutor for staffing, scheduling, and social media. In addition to tutoring, Ali is a psychology tutor, research assistant, CCAK mentor, and COOT leader. She loves being outside, with her chocolate lab, reading (especially short stories), and writing! 

Jacob Hyatt ’18

Jacob is a senior from midcoast Maine. He is an English-Creative Writing major and a double minor in geology and cinema studies. When not worrying about job prospects, Jacob spends most of his spare time writing, watching film, binge-watching TV shows, and reading. He especially enjoys reading modern American literature, horror literature, and film criticism. His notable achievements in life include being valedictorian of his high school class and watching forty-one episodes of Avatar: the Last Airbender in a single day. Jacob looks forward to working with anyone who needs help with a paper or two and apologizes beforehand if he has no social skills (but that’s never stopped him before!). 

Julia Grimmett ’18

Julia is a senior from Sacramento, California.  She is a Biology major with a wide range of academic interests and looks forward to helping fellow students work on their writing in a wide variety of disciplines.  On campus, she also works in the Athletic Training Room.  Outside of academics, Julia loves listening to and playing music, traveling, hiking, napping, and has an unhealthy obsession with good coffee.  She looks forward to meeting new people during her final year at Colby.

Jojo Parker ’18 (Available for Tutoring in Creative Writing)

Jojo is senior all the way from Houston, Texas who constantly complains of the cold and lack of nearby Chi-Fil-A’s. She is currently majoring in American Studies with a double minor in Creative Writing and Cinema Studies. When she is not inside the library working on a series of essays or projects, she is bundled up in blankets in her room watching old TV shows on Netflix. As she wants to be an author, Jojo’s main goal is to help everyone be as confident in their writing as the authors they admire. Her specific tutoring interests include being a writing fellow and working with 112s.

Mirco Dinelli ’18 (Available for Tutoring for Assignments Written in Italian)

Mirco is an economics-math and physics double major. He enjoys fencing in Colby’s fencing club, playing the clarinet with the wind ensemble (and playing soundtracks on his own), being with his friends, and being of utility to other people (he even used an economics term there). Indeed, this latter hobby is one of his main reasons for working in the WC. He would be quite happy to help anyone with any essay they would like to improve in a collaborative environment.

Jocelyn Ng ’18

Jocelyn is a senior pursuing a major in Biology with a concentration in neuroscience. She is also doing double minors in Creative Writing and Environmental Studies because she can’t make up her mind. Despite being from Hong Kong where there are seven times more people than there is in Maine, she has loved being at Colby because it gives her the chance to hike, bike, and run outdoors as much as she wants. If you don’t see her doing those things, she’ll probably be on the rugby field (with some of the best people on campus), making ambitious travel plans, writing in her journal, or having a good conversation. Jocelyn is really looking forward to working with students in FWC to help make the writing process just a little less nerve-wracking!

Marnay Avant ’18

Marnay is a senior double majoring in Sociology and African American studies. Coming from St. Louis, Missouri, she’s obsessed with BBQ and Soul food. At Colby, she’s involved in Students Organized for Black and Hispanic Unity (SOBHU), Colby Cares About Kids (CCAK), Women of Color Alliance (WOCA), and the First Generation-to-College Student Advisory Board. In addition to the writers’ center, she works at the Pugh Center as a multicultural assistant. She enjoys listening to 90s R&B music, reading, talking about social issues, and blogging. This year, Marnay looks forward to seeing you in FWC.

Gillian Wei ’18

I am currently a senior and was born and raised in Hong Kong. I am majoring in sociology and art history. I love traveling, cuddling with my dog, and wasting my time on Netflix. I also love reading and writing and am super excited to start working at the Writer’s Center! I have always had an interest in helping people develop their writing skills. As an international student, I am particularly looking forward to working with ESL and other international students. Feel free to drop by the Writing Center at any time, regardless of whatever stage your essay is in. I’m here to help!

Cally Xi ’18

Cally is a senior and hails from the unknown suburban town of Broomfield, Colorado. She’s a Biology Major with the Neuroscience concentration. She enjoys hiking, writing, puns, and spending way too much time on Youtube. She’s taken Science, English, and fiction Fiction writing courses, so she can help you with anything from lab reports to essays to short stories. She looks forward to working with you!

Angie Peterson ’18

Angie is a senior majoring in Anthropology and minoring in African-American studies. She grew up in Maryland to a Senegalese-American, Muslim family, a multicultural background that has guided her enduring passion to the rights of people of color, women, and refugees. At Colby, Angie is a proud CCAK mentor for a third-grade girl in Clinton, ME, as well as a co-captain of Colby’s Mock Trial team. She is also involved with Colby’s Feminist, Bridge (LGBTQ+) and Women of Color Alliances. Angie spent her Spring 2017 semester in Morocco studying Human Rights, Arabic, and French, and is greatly looking forward to reading, writing, running, learning, Hume-centering, and working in the FWC again at Colby this fall. Please feel free to reach out!

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Daniel Boudreau ’18 (Available for tutoring in Creative Writing and Assignments Written in Spanish)

Dan is a senior from not twenty but forty minutes outside of Boston. His non-Writers’ Center interests include rock climbing, ultimate frisbee, and fawning over baby animals on Buzzfeed. His dream job is to be the official Ben and Jerry’s taste tester, though he supposes that he’d settle for Godiva or Haagen Dazs, if it came to that. He is majoring in both Spanish and Geology but will be more than happy to talk with you about papers of all persuasions.

Gender Identity: He/him/his.

Will McBrian ’18

I am a Philosophy and Biology double major. I grew up in Dedham, Massachusetts and went to Milton Academy, where both my parents work. I am on the Squash team and am a CCAK mentor. In my spare time, I enjoy fly fishing and biking.

Ilana Zyatitsky ’18

Ilana lives in Anchorage, Alaska and chose to come to Colby to continue the cold life style in the snow. In her free time, besides helping students with writing, she enjoys downhill and cross country skiing, traveling, and learning other languages, as she is fluent in Russian. She hopes to make a difference in the writing center by helping her 112/ hopefully other international students, and other local students who would like help on their essays. She plans to major in Global Studies and minor in Russian.

Graham Lian ’18

Graham is a senior economics major from Alexandria, Va. He’s proud of his state but usually tells people he’s from Washington, D.C. because it’s more interesting and fun to talk about. He is on the lacrosse team and enjoys doing outdoor activities in Maine like fishing during his free time. He is looking forward to working with his fellow students in the Farnham Writer’s Center this fall!

Major: Economics.

Greta Dorsey ’18

Hi! My name is Greta and I’m a senior Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies major with a minor in environmental studies. I love dogs, cooking and am a tv buff/addict. I love being a writing tutor because I get to meet new people and its helped me improve my writing skills 🙂 Being a writing tutor helped me discover that I want to be a teacher after college. Woohoo for learning!

Christian Sparacio ’18

My name is Christian Sparacio. I currently play football for Colby and sing in the jazz band, along with other personal musical endeavors. I love the office and Game of Thrones, and love puppies and John Mayer.

Alex Churchill ’18

Alex is senior Environmental Policy major and Economics minor.  He hails from the world-renowned New Jersey and is a member of Men’s Rugby, Environmental Coalition, and Outing Club.  Alex loves labrador retrievers, all things outdoors, late night quesadillas, travel, and penguins.  Despite playing rugby and bungee jumping in two locations on the African continent, he has still never broken a bone.  Alex prefers writing argumentative essays but is willing and looking forward to working with all potential writers!

Arianna Cohen ’18

Arianna is a senior Sociology major with a Cinema Studies minor. Hailing from East Greenwich, Rhode Island, Arianna loves the ocean, a good book, and playing with her pet corgi (pictured to the left). She is always open to new and intriguing novel or film recommendations. On campus, Arianna also works at the front desk in Admissions and is CCAK mentor for a local boy. In her free time, she enjoys goofing around with friends, going on spontaneous adventures, eating good food, and taking pictures along the way. She’s looking forward to getting back into the tutor grind this year after a semester abroad!

Peg Schreiner ’18

I am a senior from New York City majoring in Global Studies and French Studies, but so far have enjoyed being able to experience Maine’s nature (winter not included). When not working on the News staff of the Echo or at the Writing Center, I can be found writing my own papers in the basement of Miller, napping, snacking, or hanging out with friends.

Arunika Bhatia ’19 (Abroad Spring ’18)

Arunika is studying Environmental Science with a concentration on Human Health. She’s a Posse scholar, hailing all the way from from the sweltering city of Houston, TX! Beyond the Writing Center, Arunika is involved in SHOC (Student Health on Campus) and PCB (Pugh Community Board). When she’s not spending all her money at Selah or getting lost in the arboretum, you can generally find Arunika having long chats over tea in Foss or binge-watching some trashy comedy or the other on Netflix. Arunika is a huge fan of pho, activism, spoken word, and doing absolutely nothing. Please feel welcome to visit Arunika for any of your writing or composition needs!

Martin Deutsch ’19

Martin is a computer science major from Essex, Vermont. He is involved with the COC and CCAK at Colby, and he enjoys hiking, reading, and being the last person in dining halls. He is happy to help you with any of your writing related queries, especially on scientific or math related papers.

Ella Jackson ’19 (Abroad Spring ’18)

Ella was born and raised in Houston, Texas. While enjoying her time in the cooler climate, she’s pursuing a major in Global Studies (please ask no follow up questions, seeing as she has yet to pick any sort of concentration…). While wandering campus, you’re likely to spot her surrounding herself with food in a dining hall, lounging in the grass, or pretending to be productive in Miller.

Ella McDonald ’19 (Abroad Spring ’18)

Ella hails from Western Massachusetts, 2 hours outside of Boston. At Colby, she is majoring in environmental science with a minor in anthropology. On campus you can find her working with plants in the greenhouse and campus garden, while daydreaming about hiking or justice. She is perpetually trying to learn how to throw pottery and play guitar (though not at the same time). In addition, she is always working to improve her writing, and she hopes to help other people do the same in the FWC!

my pronouns are she/her

Lindsay Wong ’19

At a young age, Lindsay developed a natural propensity for using big words with meanings he’s not quite sure of. He was also never taught to not end a sentence in a preposition, nor was he taught the improper use of double negatives. Lindsay aspires to major in English and is also considering a minor in English’s sister department, Physics. His free time mostly consists of improper time management and listening to as much Spotify Premium as possible before his 7-day free trial expires. He’s also a big supporter of jalapeños and their rights to exist in salads.

Monica Colmenares ’19 (Abroad Spring ’18)

Monica is from Cleveland, Ohio. She is studying to be an environmental science major with a concentration in computer science. She’s on the women’s crew team, and can speak Spanish and American Sign Language. Her accomplishments cover a wide range of activities that require immense concentration and expertise; she can quote the movie Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets from memory (including sound effects), and is currently watching Parks and Recreation (a national treasure) from the beginning… for the fifth time. Dedication. She loves rollercoasters, watercolors, Jurassic Park, and baseball, and would do almost anything for a scoop of ice cream with some dinosaur sprinkles. She absolutely hates spiders, vegetables, when it’s too hot outside, people who keep their middle name a secret, and the cereal part of Lucky Charms. She would also love to help improve your writing (or to just brainstorm, that’s cool too)!

Alison Obstler ’19

Alison Obstler is from New York City. Although she is a horrible artist, she loves art and therefore is an art history major. She also loves America so she decided to add American Studies to her repertoire. Alison is a member of the Colby Crew team and also a (sometimes) soloist but usually just background dancer in Mediocre acapella. She loves hiking, skiing, and pretty much anything that involves spending time outdoors. She is also extremely passionate about bucket hats and funky socks. Alison is looking forward to working with you on improving your writing and hopes that each tutee leaves the writing center feeling confident and prepared to tackle any essay that they might come across in the future.

Sarah Gaffney ’19 (Abroad Spring ’18)

Sarah is a junior majoring in Mathematics with minors in Education and Computer Science. In addition to spending time in the Farnham Writer’s Center, Sarah loves spending time on Bill Alfond Field as a member of the Colby field hockey team. She is also a CCAK mentor and a Hardy Girls Healthy Women muse. Her unique love of whipped cream and the color yellow make her an extremely warm-hearted and enthusiastic person, so come by and work with her on anything from mathematical proofs to philosophical theories! 

Alison Levitt ’19

Alison is a junior majoring in English and minoring in Economics and Chinese. Although she was born and raised in New York City, this past summer Alison and her family migrated to the land of Drakem moose, and maple syrup (aka Canada). On campus, she’s involved in COOT, Mediocre, The Echo, and CCAK and will gladly talk your ear off about any of these clubs. She can usually be found drinking iced coffee in all types of weather, as well as loudly complaining about the latest Grey’s Anatomy episode.

Joanna Keel ’19 (Abroad Spring ’18)

Joanna comes from the sunny little Kingdom of Swaziland in Southern Africa (no, not the one inside South Africa, that’s Lesotho). She is an Environmental Policy and English double major and has a hard time deciding which she prefers. She is happy to help with any papers in these fields, but would also love to work with papers for other departments. She is excited to get to know more about some of the interesting classes Colby offers, and about the interesting people who take them. When not in the FWC, you can find her yelling at the computers in the GIS lab for her job as an ES research assistant, or planning her spring semester in Denmark to study climate change!

Sebastien Philemon ’19 (Abroad Spring ’18)

I’m from Boston, MA and am currently a junior at Colby with a double major in Government and French studies. I am a member of the football team as well as a CCAK volunteer. I am also on the PreLaw track and enjoy persuasive writing and debating.

Anne Lee ’19

Hi! I’m Anne Lee. I’m a junior and an English Major. I live in Weston, Massachusetts (20 minutes outside of Boston, surprise, surprise!). I enjoy reading a good, engaging adventure novel when I’m not busy writing essays. I occasionally bike or ski depending on the weather. I’m looking forward to working at the Farnham Center!

Payton Fales ’20

Payton is a sophomore from San Clemente, CA. He is on the lacrosse team at Colby. In his free time he likes binge watching the office and engaging in witty banter with his friends. Payton is really looking forward to working in the FWC this year and meeting new people! 

Josh Goldberg ’20

Josh is a sophomore from Washington D.C. double majoring in Government and Economics (but only declared to make sure he got the scheduled he wanted so who knows how long this will be accurate). At Colby, you can find Josh tossing a disc with the Ultimate Frisbee Team, making pottery, or writing for Outside Colby. He’ll happily discuss Game of Thrones, politics, and existential dilemmas. Josh is trying to improve his own writing just as much as you are and can’t wait to help you in the FWC.

Tori Paquette ’20 (Available for Tutoring in Creative Writing)

Tori Paquette wrote her first novella when she was thirteen. Since then, she has written in as many capacities as possible, including fiction, creative nonfiction, and blogging about mental illness and faith. Her first book, The Last Valkyrie, was released in January 2017. Her other work has been published by To Write Love On Her Arms, Revival Magazine, and Delight & Be, as well as on her blog, She is a Psychology major with a Creative Writing minor. While she is clearly a huge nerd for loving writing and editing, she also loves other more normal things like chocolate, the color blue, and being an auntie.

Natasha Gallagher ’20 (Available for Tutoring in Creative Writing)

Natasha Gallagher is a sophomore from Londonderry, New Hampshire. She is a double major in Studio Art and English with a concentration in Creative Writing. If Natasha is not in the library, you might find her painting, working in the Colby Museum, binge watching TV shows, collecting books and forgetting to read them, or cruising down the ski slopes. She is excited to work with anyone who comes to the writing center, whatever your writing needs may be!

Marge Riley ’20

Marge came to Colby from Jacksonville, Florida and plans on majoring
in Religious Studies. Outside of the writing center, she is a research
assistant for Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and serves as a
Sexual Violence Prevention Peer Educator. In her spare time, Marge
enjoys making herself laugh, drinking raw milk, completing Monday
crossword puzzles, and discussing social issues. She’s looking forward
to providing a comfortable, engaging space for fellow students to come
in and grow as writers.

Sophie Pedersen ’20

Sophie is a sophomore who likes to tell people she’s from Boston to save herself from explaining the whereabouts of Wayland, her small hometown. At Colby, she’s pursuing Sociology and English while dancing with hipnotik. When she’s not jamming to Brittany Spears, she can be found napping in her best friend’s bed or on the third floor of Miller. Sophie learned to appreciate fine literature at the age of six when her parents offered her M&Ms for every new Morris the Moose book she finished. She’s looking forward to using similar tactics to help students at the writing center this year!

Jacob David ’20 (Available for Tutoring for Assignments Written in French)

Jacob is a sophomore from Philadelphia. He can be found living in Lovejoy and in or around the Pugh center. Jacob is a French major with a love for all things language related, English included. His pass times include cooking, running, tarot and preparing for the inevitable revolution of the proletariat. As the personal is political, he often brings radicalism to writing by disregarding the Oxford comma. This year in the Writing Center, Jacob wants to help others write more powerfully and take command of their voice, in all disciplines. 

Maddy Albert ’20 (Available for Tutoring for Assignments Written in Spanish – Through SP128)

Maddy is a sophomore English major from Briarcliff Manor, New York. In addition to her work as a Farnham writing tutor, 112 tutor and writing fellow, she sings in Mayflower Chill a Capella group, volunteers at CCAK and serves on the board of Colby Hillel on campus. She also loves eating goldfish (the snack food!) and drinking iced coffee from the spa. Maddy is happy to help writers with papers in any subject and at any stage of the process.

Lydia Fanning ’20

I am a Psych:Neuroscience major with a creative writing minor. In addition to tutoring, I write for the Echo, run cross country and track, mentor a local elementary school student with CCAK and (surprise) do things outdoors. A few of my more obscure less college-applicable interests are baking, printmaking and listening to Spotify discover weekly. 

Michaela Norman ’20 (Available for Tutoring in Creative Writing)

Michaela is a sophomore double majoring in English and American Studies. She was born and raised in NYC, which she will forever think of as the greatest city on earth. When her nose isn’t stuck in a book, she can be found watching Broad City (she wishes she was an Ilana but knows she’s an Abbi), listening to musical soundtracks on Spotify, and obsessively trying to finish The NY Times crossword puzzle even though she’s not very good at it. Michaela is really looking forward to her first year as a tutor in the FWC! 

James Gibson ’20

James is sophomore from Solon, Ohio. He has not yet decided on a major, but he is interested in English, Economics, and Chinese. He is also a member of the Colby Track and Field team. He enjoys reading, sports (both playing and watching), and meeting new people. James hopes to see you in the Writer’s Center and cannot wait to work with you. 

Radhika Vu Thanh Vy ’20 (Available for Tutoring in Creative Writing)

Radhika is a sophomore majoring in English and Economics. She is half Vietnamese and half Indian. Her favourite things on campus are ultimate frisbee, prolonged meals due to engaging conversations, open mic nights, Maine fall foliage, and the people. So basically everything. She loves all kinds of literature and enjoys working on writing in general, so she will be happy to work with you on any of your papers!

Meghan Hurley ’20

Meghan is a sophomore environmental policy major from the small town of Moultonborough, New Hampshire. She is inspired to write by her love for nature and desire to spread that love. She is a member of EnviroCo, COFGA, and a CCAK mentor. You can find her procrastinating while sitting in Foss, eating excessive amounts of peanut butter. 

Ally Wehrle ’20 (Available for Tutoring in Creative Writing)

Ally is a sophomore from a small town in midcoast Maine. If all goes as planned, she will be double majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing and Education. When not in class, Ally spends most of her time writing poetry and trying not to get lost in the library. She is an avid supporter of breakfast foods and prefers her cereal without milk. Ally looks forward to making the process of writing a paper a little less confusing and talking through your questions with you! 

Lizzy Holland ’20

I am a sophomore from Bethesda, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C., currently pursing a history major and Italian minor. On campus, I am also a CCAK mentor and member of the Museum Student Advisory Board. I love exploring art museums of all kinds, especially Colby’s amazing and constantly growing collections, painting and drawing, catching up on celebrity gossip, or just hanging out with my dog. Having spent the past summer in Boston teaching English to children recently arrived in the U.S., I am really excited to be involved with the Writers’ Center this fall! 

Parker Sikora ’20

Parker is a sophomore from New Hampshire planning to major in Government at Colby. Outside of class, Parker rows on the crew team, and is involved with the Alumni Center and Mock Trial, too. Writing has always been interesting to him because the way people choose to communicate their ideas through language is never quite the same! His favorite things–besides a thesaurus–include coffee, skiing, Lorde, and driving at night. However, there’s nothing quite as gratifying as holding an important assignment on clean white paper fresh off the printer after hours of effort. Let him help you get to printing!

Bohan Ma ’20 (Available for Tutoring for Assignments Written in Chinese)

Bohan is a sophomore and was born and raised in China. Currently, he chooses to major in economics and mathematics. In his free time, table-tennis and basketball are his favorites. He is also a fan of classical music. As an international student, he is looking forward to involving his cultural background in discussions and tries to provide different perspectives. He is willing to discuss any subject from any field, especially sociology and economics. He is looking forward to meeting you in the writing center.

Isabel Colon ’20

Isabel is a sophomore from Bozeman, Montana who plans to double major in Studio Art (photography) and English. In her free time she enjoys driving around listening to music and hanging out with her dog. She loves meeting new people, and is looking forward to woking in The Writer’s Center this year!