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, Utah State UP) and Writing Program Architecture (eds. Bryna Siegel Finer and Jamie White-Farnham, Utah State UP). 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 (UMissouri 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.

Aaron Thibodeau ’21 (Available for Tutoring in Creative Writing)

Aaron Thibodeau is a Junior from West Enfield, Maine and is majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing. Writing, drawing, fishing, and just exploring the outdoors are all things that he enjoys during his free time. He especially enjoys seeing other people’s works of fiction in the Center and loves a good brainstorming session.

Adrián Pachuca ’21 (Social Media Coordinator)

Hey Y’all! I am Adrián Pachuca and I like tall people named Richard, fried chicken, and the Oxford comma. My favorite book is the lightning thief, but if you ask me I will say In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. My favorite sociologist is WEB DuBois and my favorite Febreeze scent in fresh linens. I’m friendly, “quirky”, and like the good T so please feel free to sign up for an appointment!

Alex Glowacky ’21

Alex is a junior from the Boston area. She is majoring in Sociology with a minor in Educational Studies. When she isn’t tutoring in FWC, Alex is a CCAK mentor and Student Advisory Board member and is also part of the Colby Dems. In her free time, she can be found hiking, listening to podcasts, taking a quick walk around in the art museum, volunteering at the Waterville Public Library, or snacking on granola. She has always loved reading as well as meeting new people, so she is looking forward to working with everyone who comes into the FWC!

Ally Wehrle ’20

Ally is a Senior from a small town in midcoast Maine. She is 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. Ally looks forward to making the process of writing a paper a little less confusing and talking through your questions with you!

Angie Liu ’22

Hi, I’m Angie Liu, and I’m a Chemistry-biochemistry major. I love movies, mystery novels, and hiking (mostly the first fifteen minutes of it). I’m really excited to work in the writing center and help students navigate through writing.

Ava Colarusso ’20

Hello! My name is Ava Colarusso and I am a junior from Ridgefield, CT. I am majoring in Global Studies and Science, Technology, and Society and am super excited to be working in the Farnham Writers’ Center! I would love to help improve your writing and look forward to meeting you!

Avery Munns ’21

Greetings! I am a junior from Topeka, Kansas, and I am double majoring in sociology and educational studies. This is my second year in the FWC, and I especially love working with first-years and turning arguments into art because crafting a well-written paper is truly a creative enterprise! Outside of the FWC, I am a CA in Averill, co-president of the Ballroom Dance Club and a CCAK mentor. I can’t wait to learn alongside writers this semester!

Brendan Murphy ’21

Brendan is a junior from Fair Haven, New Jersey. He studies Government and English at Colby, and he is also a member of the Men’s Ice Hockey team. In the summertime, Brendan works as a real estate agent, but also spends plenty of time at the beach. He can be found in Dana most hours of the day. Brendan loves reading and writing, and he strives to be a great resource for all of his peers!

Caroline Stoddard ’20

My name is Caroline Stoddard and I am a senior global studies major and english and anthropology double minor. This is my second year as a writing tutor, and I’m really looking forward to it. When I’m not in the writing center, you can likely find me cooking a meal in the downtown dorms, on a run in the quarry trails, volunteering at the Alfond Youth Center, working on my thesis, or taking a nap on miller lawn!

Chioma Ezuma-Ngwu ’22

Chioma is a sophomore from Massachusetts whose major is Computational Psychology with a minor in Creative Writing. In addition to being a writing center tutor, she is a CCAK mentor, a board member of the Colby African Society and the co-president of Vuvuzela. In her free time, she enjoys reading, listening to music, dancing, and writing. Chioma is passionate about being a writing center tutor and is excited to help students feel more comfortable with their writing skills.

Cooper Bussberg ’21 (Available for Tutoring for Assignments Written in Spanish) (Abroad)

My name is Cooper Bussberg and I’m from Medway, Massachusetts (55 minutes outside of Boston). I’m a junior and a Spanish and Economics with Financial Markets Concentration double major. I love gardening, cooking, country music and being incredibly sarcastic. I am looking forward to my first year as a tutor in the Farnham Writer’s Center!

Dean Strup ’21

Hello! I am a junior double majoring in Chemistry-Biochemistry and History. I’m from Ohio, which I find sort of boring when at home but will strongly defend when anyone challenges me on it. When not in class or working I enjoy going on trips with the Outing Club, distracting my friends from studying, or hunting for Campfire S’more ice cream in the dining halls. Since I’m a science and a humanities major, I am comfortable discussing papers from either discipline and can’t wait to help make writing your paper less aggravating!

Eana Bacchiocchi ’21

Eana Bacchiocchi is from New York City, not to be confused with New York suburbs (Long Island, Westchester, New Jersey). She is an Environmental Policy and English double major here at Colby. Eana loves to watch The Office, eat chocolate and drink coffee, and curl up with a good book. Eana is very excited to work with students, especially on the “dreaded” English literature papers.

Emily Cunningham ‘21

Emily grew up in Avon, Connecticut and is a junior majoring in Environmental Science Major with a Managerial Economics minor. On campus she sings with the Megalomaniacs acapella group, is a COOT leader, and is a member of Colby Dancers and Best Buddies! She loves Pad Thai Too, scuba diving, and enjoys exploring the Maine outdoors through activities such as hiking, skiing, and camping. Emily is so excited to be working at the Farnham Writer’s Center this year and encourages you to come work with her on anything from English papers to lab reports.

Grace Andrews ’21

Hi, I’m Grace and I’m a junior this year. I’m an Environmental Science major and an English minor. I’m excited to help with all kinds of writing this semester, from literary analysis to formal scientific writing and everything in between! In my free time, I can be found hiking the mountains of Maine or reading a good book.

Henry Heck ’21

Henry is from Seattle, Washington and is an environmental science major. Beyond his work in the FWC Henry enjoys cooking, drawing, gaming, and a good game of Spikeball. He is looking forward to meeting all of the wonderful people that show up in the Writers’ Center and he hopes he can help them with all of their writing challenges!

Hannah Southwick ’21 (Available for Tutoring in Creative Writing)

Hannah is a junior from South Kingstown, Rhode Island studying English with a concentration in creative writing.  When she’s not running on the cross-country and track teams, she can be found drinking mint tea, exploring the art museum, or browsing the Miller stacks in search of a good book.  From developing a newspaper for her dog at age 8 to interning at a NY publishing company at age 18, Hannah has always been an avid reader and writer. She is looking forward to meeting new people and is excited to be a part of the FWC this year.

Isabel Colon ’20

Isabel is a junior 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!

James Gibson ’20 (Head Staffing Tutor)

James is senior from Solon, Ohio majoring in English and double minoring in Chinese and Managerial Economics.He is also a member of the Colby Track and Field team, a Co-president of Colby’s SAAC, and a clerk in Colby’s SFS office. 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.

Josh Goldberg ’20

Josh is a senior 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.

Kate Gannon ’20

Kate is a senior French major from Bethesda, MD. She loves coffee ice cream and golden retrievers, and is a self-proclaimed grammar nerd. At Colby, she is a CCAK mentor, COOT leader, and Foss enthusiast. She can’t wait to start working in the FWC this year!

Ketty Stinson ’21

Hi everyone! My name is Ketty and I am a junior from Brunswick, Maine. At Colby, I am an environmental science major with a concentration in public health. Some of my favorite things are leisurely lunches, a sunny beach day, and the Red Sox. I love working at the Farnham Writers’ Center because I get to spend time with peers from different disciplines and classes that I wouldn’t normally meet. I am excited for another great year at the center, and I can’t wait to work with you all! 

Kristen Mahoney ’21 (Abroad)

Kristen is a junior from Ashland, Massachusetts, which is a small town about 30 minutes outside of Boston–shocking, I know. She is currently planning on majoring in psychology and minoring in English. Kristen runs for the track team at Colby. When not slowly dying as she sprints repeat 200s in the AC, you can usually find her drinking excessive amounts of tea in the dining halls, having dance parties with her roommate in their dorm room, or taking countless Buzzfeed quizzes while she should probably be studying. She can’t wait to help people out in the Writers’ Center this year!

Lizzy Holland ’20

Lizzy is a senior from Bethesda, Maryland, pursuing a history major and minor in Italian Studies. On campus, Lizzy is a COOT leader, CCAK mentor to an awesome local 8th grader, a member of the Art Museum Student Advisory Board, and a member of the OAK Institute Student Committee. Lizzy has experience with research-based writing projects (especially history papers) and has worked extensively with multilingual students in the Writers’ Center. After a semester abroad at Oxford University, she is excited to return to Colby for her final year!


Lydia Fanning ’20 (Head Tutor of Community Outreach and Special Events)

I am a senior Psychology and Sociology double major. I love writing poetry and blog posts, and I love what the Writer’s Center has taught me about revision in all types of writing. In my free time I enjoy hiking, swimming, biking and running.
If you can keep the same photo that would be cool!

Macey Broadwater ’21 (Available for Tutoring in Creative Writing)

Macey grew up in Florida, Colorado, North Carolina, and Texas and can be found gardening, dancing, and adventuring outdoors. She is majoring in computer science and minoring in environmental studies. She loves coffee and sweets, so she plans to make plenty of pastries in her apartment this year. Macey has loved writing since she was a little kid, so she is super excited to work in the Farnham Writers’ Center!

Maddy Albert ’20

Maddy is a senior English major from Briarcliff Manor, New York. On campus she is the co-Editor-in-Chief of Outside Colby, president of Mayflower Chill a Capella, Colby Hillel board member and a CCAK mentor. Maddy has worked in the writer’s center for three years. She is a writing fellow for a music W1 course, a 112 tutor and happy to assist on any papers written in Spanish through SP231.

Mark Kingsley ’20 (Available for Tutoring in Creative Writing)

Mark is a senior from Colorado majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing and minoring in Philosophy. When he isn’t reading or writing for classes, he somehow also finds the time to read and write for the fun of it. Writing is something he actually enjoys and he is always happy to help others express their ideas through writing, whether it’s a research paper or a short story or really anything with subjects and predicates. Mark also knows writing is a process and will gladly work with tutees on any stage of their writing, from brainstorming ideas to providing feedback on a polished paper. When not lost in a book or thinking about sentences, Mark spends his free time watching movies, listening to music, and going on excursions in Maine, his second favorite state.

Meghan Hurley ’20

Meghan is a senior 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.

Michaela Norman ’20

Michaela is a senior majoring in English with a creative writing concentration and American Studies. She was born and raised in NYC, which she will forever think of as the best city. When she’s not tutoring, she can be found watching Broad City (she wishes she was an Ilana but knows she’s an Abbi) and trying to finish the NY Times crossword puzzle. She’s looking forward to working with you in the FWC this year!

Moira Mullaney ’20 (Available for Tutoring in Creative Writing)

I’m a senior English (Creative Writing Concentration) and Education double major from Worcester, Massachusetts (which most people don’t know is the second largest city in New England behind Boston)! I’m a Sexual Violence Prevention mentor and captain of the Women’s Ice Hockey team. I love literature and writing, especially poetry, and I am looking forward to meeting new people through the Writers’ Center!

Natasha Gallagher ’20 (available for tutoring in creative writing)

Natasha Gallagher is a senior from Londonderry, New Hampshire. She is a double major in Studio Art and English with a concentration in Creative Writing. When Natasha is not in the library, you might find her working in the printmaking studio or at the Colby Museum, creating too many Spotify playlists, or cruising down the ski slopes when winter hits. She is also the editor-in-chief of the Pequod and a part of Inklings magazine. She is excited to work with everyone who comes to the writing center this year, whatever your writing needs may be!

Nick Ho ’21 (Head Tutor of General Operations)

‘Cholas is a junior from Hong Kong, and is the Head Tutor of General Operations this year. At Colby, ‘Cholas is a Psychology major, a Film Studies minor, and Chinese minor. When he’s not tossing frisbees with the Center for Disc Control, roaming the campus on Hall Staff duty, or singing with Mayflower Chill, he can be found at the Foss salad bar. ‘Cholas can’t wait to spend the year helping writers in the FWC and stealing tea bags from dining halls.

Nicki Chaput ’22 (Available to Tutor Creative writing)

Nicki is an English major with a concentration in Creative Writing and a Cinema Studies minor. She’s from Huntington Beach, CA and Des Moines, IA (it’s complicated). She’s a huge cinema and animation nerd and loves anything sci-fi or fantasy. When she’s not writing stories or watching Star Trek, she’s usually drawing, taking photos, or dancing. She enjoys all types of writing, but she especially loves creative writing pieces and research papers

Parker Sikora ’20

Parker is a senior 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!

Payton Fales ’20

Payton is a senior 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!

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

Radhika is a senior double majoring in English (Creative Writing) 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, dancing, and the amazing people she has met here. So basically everything. She loves all kinds of literature and enjoys working on writing in general. She is super excited to meet you!

Riley Kelfer ’22 (Available to Tutor Creative Writing)

Major: English
Minor: Cinema Studies
Riley is an aspiring fiction writer who hopes to share a complete short story collection with friends and family (and anyone who will read it) within the next year. He loves all kinds of writing, music, movies and art, and may quietly but insistently pursue recommendations in those areas. His copy of the Odyssey is largely unreadable on account of the profusion of Post-it brand Sticky-flags.

Sam Fisher ’22

Sam is a Sophomore from San Francisco, CA. He is an economics major and (maybe) a chemistry minor on the premed track. On-campus, he is a COOT leader, co-chair of Concerts and Live Music on the Student Programming Board, and is involved in Hillel. He’s super psyched to begin work in the FWC this year!

Sarah Warner ’21

Sarah is a sophomore from Glenview, Illinois (20 minutes outside Chicago, not Boston). She’s a double major in English and Studio Art, so you can usually find her anytime of the day at either Miller or Bixler. She’s a big fan of TV shows– Game of Thrones and Westworld in particular– and spends way too much time on Netflix. She’s interested in all kinds of writing and is looking forward to working with you in the FWC!

Savannah Shaw ’21

My name is Savannah and I’m a junior from Auburn, ME majoring in Government with a minor in Science, Technology, and Society. You can usually find me on the ice playing for the Colby Women’s Hockey team, dancing with the Contra Dance Club, roaming the halls as part of Hall Staff, or singing and playing my guitar. A fun fact about me; I used to hate writing so much that when I was in fourth grade I wrote a poem titled “I Hate Writing”. Thankfully, my attitude has done a 180 since I was 10, and I’m excited to meet new people and help you improve your writing (even if you hate it)!

Serrat David ’20

Serrat is a senior from Philadelphia and a French Studies major. Academic passions include Russian literary theory and The Real Housewives of New York City. Her relationship with Foucault may be complicated, but there’s no doubt that in the Writer’s Center, she has a drive to help students take command of their language(s). After a year-long sojourn in Quebec, Serrat has renewed her permanent residence in Lovejoy and is ready to help with any writing in English or French.

Siyuan (Ellen) Pan ’22 (Available to Tutor in Mandarin and French)

Siyuan(Ellen) Pan is a sophomore from Beijing, China. She is double majoring in English and French, with an East Asian Studies minor. Ellen loves writing in her free time, and she is excited to help others with their work. On campus, she is also a Chinese tutor and a CCAK mentor. Welcome to FWC!

Sofia Oliveira ’21

Sofia is a junior Economics major from Northern Virginia and is a member of the Women’s Soccer Team. She loves Seinfeld, Domino’s Pizza, and The California Honeydrops. She also loves reading and writing, and is looking forward to working as a Writing Fellow this semester!

Sophie Pedersen ’20

Sophie is a senior from Needham, MA, majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing and minoring in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. In her free time, Sophie dances with Colby Dance Company and writes for Her Campus. Sophie has experience in creative writing pieces as well as research-based projects. After spending a semester abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland, Sophie looks forward to returning to the Writers’ Center and working with new students and tutors!

Sravya Bahudodda ’21

Sravya is a junior from Farmington, CT, double majoring in Biology (with a Neuroscience concentration) and STS. On campus, she is the Treasurer of SPB and a member of SHOC. In her free time, she likes to dance, try new coffee shops and binge watch shows on HGTV. She is looking forward to helping her peers become more confident writers this year! 

Tori Paquette ’20 (available to tutor for Creative Writing)

Tori Paquette is a senior majoring in Jewish Studies and minoring in Creative Writing. She has extensive background in creative writing, including co-authoring The Last Valkyrie and publishing articles online about faith and mental illness. In her free time, she reads creative nonfiction and theology, watches Israeli television shows, and dreams about getting her Master’s in Divinity.