Paula Harrington, Director of Farnham Writers’ Center
In addition to directing the Farnham Writers’ Center, Paula Harrington teaches writing, tutoring writing, global English, 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, working on a project that examined French cultural stereotypes in the rhetoric of Mark Twain. At Marymount/Fordham, she also served as director of composition and director of the writing center. She earned her Ph.D in English at UC Davis, her M.A. in English at San Francisco State University, and her B.A., magna cum laude, in English and Writing from Columbia University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She is also a former journalist, who worked as a newspaper reporter and columnist for daily papers including the San Francisco Examiner,San Mateo Times, Hayward Daily Review, and Contra Costa Times. Her research interests include writing center pedagogy, cross-cultural rhetoric, and Mark Twain studies. Her articles have been published in the minnesota review and the Mark Twain Annual; she is currently at work on a cross-cultural study stemming from her Fulbright research, The French Face of Twain.
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 considering a double major in Spanish 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!
Olivia Ainsworth ’17
Olivia is a junior Biology major/Religious Studies minor and is also on the pre-med track. She hails from Dallas, Texas but does not have an accent nor does she own a pair of cowboy boots. Her hobbies include eating, trying to stay warm, and knitting. Olivia plays Ultimate Frisbee, writes for the Echo, and tutors Waterville students when she’s not busy watching Netflix. She would be happy to help with any paper you bring in to the WC!
Cleo Aukland ’17
Cleo is so excited to be part of the Farnham Writers’ Center staff! She is a junior majoring in French and minoring in Creative Writing, enjoys loudly singing along to Broadway showtunes, constantly making and drinking tea, and covering every available inch of wall space in her dorm room with posters. She has spent a lot of time working with students in a range of subjects for many years, will sail an Opti boat single handedly to Australia, and will gladly read any Harry Potter fanfiction you’ve written.
Grace Baldwin ’17
Grace Baldwin is a junior at Colby who hails from Denver Colorado. She is double-majoring in Government and Global Studies, and wants to pursue a business career that supports the education of young girls in underprivileged areas of the world. She is excited to work in the FWC and meet tons of new and interesting people on campus!
Brandon Blackburn ’17
Brandon is an English Major with minors in German and Art. He is from NYC, and as a result, is baffled by the fact that he can see the tops of all the buildings in Waterville. When he isn’t sleeping in Miller, he is usually sleeping somewhere else or climbing with the CMC. He also likes photography, grammar, and apples. He hates referring to himself in the third person.
Daniel Boudreau ’18
Daniel is a sophomore from not twenty but forty minutes outside of Boston. He is too afraid of commitment to declare a major yet, though he has been known to have a soft spot for Spanish. When not at the Writers’ Center, he can be found hiding from his own essays and homework at Sugarloaf or ultimate frisbee practice. Daniel is quite tame and unlikely to bite, even if startled, and will be more than happy to talk with you about your writing.
Gender Identity: He/him/his.
Erin Breen ’17
Erin Breen hails from Southern California and is a Junior. She has not yet chosen her major, but do not worry she has ensured her parents and academic advisor she is on the 4 year plan. Her interests are in psychology and environmental studies. When she is not sequestered in the Bixler Library, she works with Maine Concussion Management Initiative as a research assistant. She is hoping to be published for a study on concussions within the next year. Although it may come as a shock, she loves the winter and spends as much time as she can skiing. She cannot wait to help her fellow peers in the FWC!
Anna Brogan ’17
Anna is a junior Creative Writing and Environmental Policy double major. She is also technically a Cinema Studies minor, but in the interest of graduating on time, may give it up, despite still feeling passionate about the Coppola family’s film dynasty. Anna was born and raised in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, even if she sometimes lapses into a vocal tone straight out of Laguna Beach. Anna would love to tell you all about the importance of late-night pizza delivery, transcendental yoga experiences, or feminism, but when she’s in the Writers’ Center, is also happy to just discuss your paper with you.
Kat Chenail ’17
Kat is a Government and History double major from Williamstown, MA (3 hours outside of Boston). Kat is also a member of the Nordic Ski Team at Colby and actually enjoys the winters in Maine. She also loves ice cream, reading on the beach, Bruce Springsteen, and the 4th of July. She looks forward to meeting new people through helping her peers in the WC.
Alex Churchill ’18 (abroad Fall ’16)
Alex is sophomore 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!
Madeleine Cohen ’17
Madeleine Cohen is from Lexington, Massachusetts, and she is a Junior. She is an English major and an Art History minor, and her interests include writing, spending time at the beach, and discussing anything related to food. She hopes to incorporate writing into her future after college. She also enjoys traveling and spent her Junior semester abroad in Florence, Italy. She is excited about working in the Writer’s Center and she is interested in becoming a writing fellow. She looks forward to working with and getting to know you in the Writer’s Center!
Zoe Daniel ’17
Zoe is a junior born and raised in New York City. She loves to read, write, learn new languages, travel and spend time with her CCAK mentee. She is majoring in Anthropology, though she looks forward to helping students with their writing in all disciplines. Zoe hopes she can help you end each session feeling more confident in your writing abilities, regardless of where you are in the process.
Mirco Dinelli ’18
Mirco is an economics-math and physics double major. He enjoys fencing in Colby’s fencing team, 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.
Majors: Econ-math, physics.
Catherine Dunn ’17
Catherine is from Berwick, Maine and studies English and Education at Colby College. As a generalist tutor, she hopes to lend an encouraging voice at those times when a paper seems to be going nowhere or when you don’t know where to begin. Outside of tutoring, she enjoys podcasts and movies and podcasts about movies, and she spends her days making snowflakes and brainstorming verses for musicals that will never see the light of day. She is best known for her nonexistent sense of direction, so if you ever see her wandering in circles around campus, please say hi and direct her back to her dorm. She’ll be forever grateful.
Taylor Enrico ’17
Taylor is a junior Cell and Molecular Biology/Biochemistry major, and although she grew up in Freeport, Maine, Taylor did not spend all of her spare time shopping at L.L. Bean. Taylor is an avid fan of naps, cereal, Netflix, tea, and patterned socks. When not in the Writers’ Center, she is usually studying on the couches outside Olin, skiing at Sugarloaf, or playing tag and hide-and-seek with her CCAK mentee. Taylor looks forward to seeing you in the FWC, so come by, say hello, and work on a paper!
Julia Grimmett ’18
Julia is a French Studies major who hails from Sacramento, California. She loves the snow but sometimes suffers from beach separation anxiety. She also loves to travel and has lived in both Mexico and Japan. She plays the drums and enjoys jamming out to many different genres. She enjoys reading and writing and her idea of a perfect afternoon is curling up with a good book and a puppy (because dogs are clearly better than cats). She looks forward to working with and getting to know you as a writing fellow or a generalist tutor!
Lucie Gulino ’17
A Long Island (pronounced Lawn-Guy-Land) native, Lucie strives to embody everything a stereotypical Long Islander does not, so it is fitting that when people at home ask her where she goes to school and she says Colby, they look at her like she’s an alien. She is a junior Anthropology and Philosophy double major, but also has a secret (now not so secret) passion for creative writing. Despite her strong preference for the social sciences and the humanities, Lucie welcomes all students to come visit and chat with her in the Writers’ Center. When she’s not in the Writers’ Center, Lucie is most likely making photocopies on the third floor of Lovejoy, running at the gym, drowning in homework in Miller, hanging out with her CCAK mentee, eating in Foss (on those extra special nights stress eating a ‘dilla in the Spa), drinking a chai at Selah, or dominating a game of Bananagrams in East. Side note: chocolate makes everything better, so stop in and say hi!
Majors: Anthropology and Philosophy.
Jacob Hyatt ’18
Jacob is a Sophomore from midcoast Maine with plans to major in English with a concentration in Creative Writing, as well as minor in 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!).
Anna Jackson ’17
Birthed in Lawrenceville, Georgia, Anna fled to Colby to escape the southern heat, and is now pursuing a double major in Spanish and Sociology. As a violist in the Colby Symphony, Spanish tutor, mediocre but enthusiastic skier and guitar player, and world class procrastinator, Anna enjoys talking about Harry Potter, frolicking in the snow and rain, hiking, reading, seeking out the perfect cup of coffee, blasting show tunes, and pretending to be a Mainer. Her edible interests include smoothies, lobster rolls, bacon iced coffee (notice how this comma error ruined a perfectly splendid iced coffee,) carrot cake, blackberries, and pesto. In her spare time she can be found perfecting her Gollum impression, running through fields with Haley Eazor, and… going with the flow – like a twig on the shoulders of a mighty stream. She would love to help you with your written endeavors (nonexistent or nearing completion) in any and all disciplines.
Kyle Laurita-Bonometti is a Senior from the forests of Hope, Maine. He’s an English major with a concentration in Creative Writing with experience in Philosophy. He loves Gabriel Garcia Marquez and spends his time imagining the feeling is mutual. He enjoys listening to Bill Withers and Earl Sweatshirt. He wrote his first book in his sleep when he was seven years old in which Steve from Blues Clues told him it was brilliant and would definitely put it in his mail segment, but then he forgot it. Feel free to come to him with any and all essays that could use another set of eyes.
Graham Lian ’18 (abroad Fall ’16)
Graham is a sophomore 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!
Simone Leung ’17
Simone is a junior pursuing a Global Studies major and a Chinese minor. She grew up in Shanghai, where she attended an international school and was fortunate enough to work with a diverse group of peers, including many ESL students. Besides tutoring in the FWC, Simone is also a features writer for The Colby Echo and a member of the Pequod writing committee. She also enjoys playing volleyball, throwing pots, and traveling. Simone would be delighted help work on a draft or even brainstorm for writing topics with you!
Nora Mabie ’17
Nora is a junior English major. She is from Chicago, and loves spending time with her friends and four younger siblings. Nora is a member of the Colby Women’s Soccer team,and is also a CCAK mentor. Nora loves spending time outdoors, especially kayaking, biking, running, and hiking. Nora is excited to be a part of the Writers’ Center and looks forward to helping Colby students with their writing concerns!
Jocelyn Ng ’18
Jocelyn is a sophomore pursuing a major in Neurobiology and potential double minors in Creative Writing and Environmental Studies. She is from the tiny city of Hong Kong but loves being outdoors. In fact, she came to Colby to get away from the bustling city to be able to run, bike, and hike with people who love to do the same. 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 being a part of the FWC and can’t wait to help make the writing process a little less nerve-wracking!
Intended major: Neurobiology (bio with a concentration in neuroscience); minors: creative writing and ES.
Cat Padgett ’17
Cat is a junior studying environmental policy and education from Grafton, MA. Cat is enthusiastic about urban farming, climbing, travel, and podcasts. She is also on the swim team and the crew team at Colby. These teams fuel her passion about recreation and drive her interest in recreational therapy as a potential career path. Cat is grateful for the guidance she has received from the Writers’ Center and is excited to be able to return the favor and become part of the FWC family!
Jojo Parker ’18
Jojo is sophomore 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.
Angie Peterson ’18
Angie is a sophomore hailing from the DMV with a keen interest in the perils of the lives of those in Scandal, 30 Rock, Parks n Rec, The Office, Orange Is The New Black, and Jodi Picoult and Gillian Flynn novels. She is pursuing a double major in Anthropology and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, and thoroughly enjoys many interesting and humbling articles, rants, and discussions. On campus you can likely find her pleadingly asking fellow tutor Julia Grimmett to make her another playlist, frantically pouring over affidavits for Mock Trial, randomly finding some courage to join a Powder & Wig production, or desperately trying not to get lost on a run through Upper and Lower trails. Angie is also deeply and fully appreciative of good books, writing, and conversation, and hopes to provide comfortable and productive tutoring sessions for those of all writing levels.
Gender Identity: She/her/hers.
Ali Russell ’18
I am from Hampden, Maine. (North of Colby!) I spend as much of my summer I can at my family camp–to those unfamiliar with the concept: read cottage or summer home–where I have mastered a rotation of reading, swimming, taking on opponents in Monopoly, and eating. Back at Colby, I intend to major in Psychology and minor in both Anthropology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. I greatly enjoy reading and appreciate writing.
Jenny Qiu ’17
Jenny is a history major from Zhuhai, China. Having lived in Canton, Massachusetts, and studied abroad in France, she fully embraces every opportunity to meet and interact with a diverse array of individuals. She loves reading, writing and playing with her cat. As a tutor, she hopes to help international students navigate through the writing assignments or provide a second opinion for papers that are going nowhere. She enjoys working with her peers to appreciate the diversity of perspectives. She looks forward to working with you and feel free to drop by FWC with any writing concerns!
Peg Schreiner ’18 (abroad Fall ’16)
I am a sophomore from New York City, 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.
Majors: Global Studies and French Studies.
Abby Snyder ’18
Abby is from the exotic, mysterious, and luscious land of Iowa. At Colby, she has developed a deep and profound love for both anthropology and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. Abby enjoys the little things in life: picking out the right socks in the morning, Dana waffles, late-night ramblings, farmers markets, and punctuation. When she isn’t ranting about the gender binary, Abby hopes you will stop in at the Farnham Writers’ Center; she would love to work with you on your writing!
Majors: Anthropology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
Gender Identity: She/her/hers.
Christian Sparacio ’18
Christian is a sophomore with an intended History major with a minor in managerial economics and creative writing, and hails from Marlboro, New Jersey. He is a member of the Colby College Football team and is an avid singer/songwriter. He has a passion for writing short stories and would like to pursue generalist tutoring and becoming a writing fellow.
Carina Wallack ’17
Carina is a Junior Science, Technology, and Society major and Anthropology minor from Newton, Massachusetts (not 20, but in fact 13 minutes outside of Boston). In addition to tutoring in the Farnham Writer’s Center, Carina volunteers at the Hall School in Waterville and leads trips for the COC and the recently founded Nordic ski club. She enjoys napping in the sun, reading sci-fi novels, and going on spontaneous outdoor adventures. Carina is very excited to tutor in the FWC, and she is happy to work with you on any assignment in any stage of the writing process.
Jared Wang ’18
Jared is double majoring in Environmental Science and Spanish. He loves making Chinese teas, learning about environmental issues, and day dreaming. He travels a lot because the outside world is always attractive to him. With an international background, he may have a different perspective on your writing! Jared is looking forward to meet you in the Writers’ Center.
Gillian Wei ’18
I am currently a sophomore and was born and raised in Hong Kong. Right now, I plan to major in 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 Sophomore and hails from the unknown suburban town of Broomfield, Colorado. She enjoys hiking, all forms of writing, which includes keeping travel logs of the places she visits. She is mildly conflicted about her major because of a split interest in pre-health studies and creative writing. She is fluent in both Mandarin and English, and is excited about the new tutoring season.
Izzy Zaidi ’17
Izzy is a junior from the far and distant lands of midcoast Maine. She enjoys photography, mimicing different accents, and drinking lots of chai. She loves to help people, which is why she wanted to be a writing tutor. She would be more than happy to help her peers with their work no matter where they are in the writing process.
Ilana Zyatitsky ’18 (abroad Fall ’16)
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.