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.
Cleo Aukland ’17 (Head Tutor for Special Events and Community Outreach)
Cleo is so excited to be part of the Farnham Writers’ Center staff! She is a sophomore 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.
Haley Eazor ’16 (Head Tutor for General Operations)
Haley Eazor transferred to Colby her sophomore year after spending her first year of college in Dublin, Ireland. Originally from Dallas, TX, she is slowly making her way back to the south (if only to regain her usage of the word “y’all”). Haley enjoys snuggling, drinking tea, reading, daydreaming, and wishing she were a turtle. She especially enjoys doing all of these activities with her partner in crime, and fellow tutor, Anna Jackson. If she could be anywhere in the world right now, it would be in the Wood between the Worlds in the Chronicles of Narnia. Her favorite color is (usually) blue. She would love to talk to you about books, traveling, tea, films, Sherlock Holmes, and maybe even your essay (if time permits).
Andrew Finn ’16 (Head Tutor for Scheduling and Staffing)
Andrew is a Senior English Major double minoring in Classical Civilization and Philosophy, and hails from the far-off land of the Golden State. He has always been an avid lover of reading, especially classical literature and high fantasy. His interests and activities outside of reading and (of course) writing include retro video games, running, hiking, and playing the cello. While he has perfectly rational fears of deep water, bison, and elevators, none of those should stop him from helping as much as he can in the writers’ center. Andrew is looking forward to engaging with others who are invested in their writing, and to help them in any ways that he can in their writing processes.
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 sophomore 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!
Grace Baldwin ’17 (Abroad)
Grace Baldwin is a sophomore 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 (Abroad)
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 (Abroad)
Erin Breen hails from Southern California and is a Sophomore. 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!
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.
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.
Joseph Connelly ’17
Joe is a junior Government major from just outside Boston. No seriously just outside Boston, like he lives on the border of Boston, not in some suburb 20 minutes from the city. Being from Boston Joe obviously worships at the church of our lord and savior Tom Brady. At Colby, Joe is member of the Men’s Basketball Team and when he is not in the athletic center he can be found most likely posting with the boys. Come see him with any and all writing concerns both big and small.
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.
Greta Dorsey ’18
My name is Greta Dorsey and I am a sophomore. I’m a sucker for babies, puppies, and chocolate ice cream. My interest in writing and tutoring is to be a functioning member of the Colby College community and to encourage students to take advantage of the awesome education that is available here. I’m a diehard Colby lover and am pumped to be a student here, as well as to be part of the Farnham Writers’ Center family. I am interested in majoring in environmental and religious studies.
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 sophomore 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!
Isaac Galton ’18
I’m from Celo, North Carolina in the Southern Appalachians. I enjoy running, hiking, and swimming in the beautiful Black Mountains. Writing doesn’t come easy to me, and I need to verbally discuss my writing with someone to bring out my best ideas and best writing. I want to be that friendly person you can come to when you’re struggling with an assignment. I haven’t exactly figured out my major yet, but I’m leaning towards anthropology or environmental science.
Emily Glaenzer ’16
Emily is a junior STS major. She grew up in a small town called Manchester-By-The-Sea, MA and consequently loves to be by the sea. She also loves to travel, eat sushi, and talk about her dog Harry. She enjoys spending her time helping others. This is the reason she decided to become a writing tutor and she’s found that she is best at helping those who need to brainstorm or organize their paper. Emily is looking forward to meeting you in the FWC.
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.
Catherine Haut ’18
Catherine is a sophomore Environmental Studies major. She is happiest when she is splashing in the ocean, whipping up homemade treats, and stretching her mind and toes while doing yoga. Because Catherine studied as an exchange student in Spain, she has a special interest in working with international students. She is also enthusiastic about tutoring on a weekly basis in an EN112 as well as meeting students who want to stop by the Writers’ Center for a single session. Catherine believes in the importance of writing for both academics as well as self discovery and expression and would love to chat about any piece of writing, whether you’re just beginning, putting on the final touches, or somewhere in between.
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 (Abroad)
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.
Carli Jaff ’16
A self-proclaimed writing nerd and grammar freak, Carli Jaff, hailing from just outside of Boston (we know, so classic) is here and ready to help you with any type of writing you throw at her! As a double American studies and educational studies major, Carli is used to interdisciplinary work, but is well-versed in many other areas, having declared a different major each week during her freshman year. When she’s not in class, in the Writers’ Center, or being told to lower her voice (that one’s for you, Paula), Carli is in Broadway Musical Revue, is an editor for the Echo, and loves to snuggle with and look at pictures of puppies, take naps, and go on adventures. So stop by the Writers’ Center if you’re looking for awesome writing help, a smile, a hug, advice, and/or all of the above! Happy writing!
Sara Kaplan ’16
Sara is an independent Media Studies major from New York City. When she’s not trying to explain her major to people, she can be found on campus printing photos in the dark room, looking up ways to cheaply travel to Europe, or hoarding all of the hummus cups and diet cokes from the Spa. Despite being a true city girl at heart, Sara loves fishing and campfires but most of all, reading and writing. She’s super excited to be a FWC staff member and can’t wait to work with you!
Mark Kingsley ’18
Mark is a person who moved around a lot in childhood, so dreads answering the question “where are you from?” However, he does love writing short stories, eating breakfast foods at dinner, listening to 90s hip hop, and reading the works of Jorge Louis Borges, JRR Tolkien, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Despite having a major in both English and American Studies, with a minor in Creative writing, as well as randomly participating in several Colby clubs, Mark suffers from chronic procrastination, and knows better than most the dangers this has on the writing process. Given this affliction, Mark is very sympathetic to those who just don’t know where to start, and loves being able to help with any writing-related concerns.
Major is English: Creative Writing, American Studies.
Sierra Leavitt ’16
Sierra is an English major with an Administrative Science minor who comes right from our great state of Maine. She can be found with Colby’s Alpine Ski Team in the majority of her time but she also works at the Bookstore alongside the Writers’ Center. Sierra has an almost unacceptable infatuation with young adult novels but can be found exploring Maine’s rivers and ski slopes more often than not. She understands that writing can be a painful task for many students but she hopes that a visit to the Writers’ Center will make writing at least a small bit more enjoyable. Sierra looks forward to working with any and all students needing a push in the right direction with their writing process.
Simone Leung ’17
Simone is a sophomore 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!
Graham Lian ’18
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!
Nora Mabie ’17
Nora is a sophomore 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!
Jen McGeoch ’16
Jen is a junior History and Government double major hailing from an hour outside of Boston (Plot twist! She lives in NH). Abraham Lincoln is her home skillet biscuit and she can, and will, spend hours talking with you about the latest episode of Saturday Night Live, her all-consuming love of tacos, and the merits of cat ownership. Her biggest accomplishment is that she has seen Dave Matthews Band in concert 3 times and well, you know how it goes…can’t stop, won’t stop.
Gender Identity: She/her/hers.
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.
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!
Alexandra Rowe ’18
Alexandra, more commonly known as ARowe, is a sophomore from Los Angeles, California. She is considering majoring in either American Studies or Art History with a minor in Religious Studies. In her free time Alexandra enjoys traveling, baking, reading, being with friends, playing squash, and trying new things. She looks forward to helping you with your writing process.
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.
Peg Schreiner ’18
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.
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.
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.
Owens Strawinski ’17
Owens is a sophomore studying Neuropsychology. In her free time she enjoys reading, playing the mandolin, being in the wilderness, studying theology, and arguing about existential questions. She runs a lot and is often found climbing things (trees, walls, etc.). Owens hails originally from Atlanta, GA, but has also worked/hiked in Alaska and Wyoming. She anticipates that she will enjoy working with students to make their thoughts and ideas clear throughout their writing.
Carina Wallack ’17 (Abroad)
Carina is a Sophomore 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.
Alex Walsh ’16
Alex is a junior Economics and History double major. He grew up in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. It is a small town located an hour outside of New York City. In his free time, he enjoys fly-fishing, traveling, and playing ice hockey. At the Writers’ Center, he welcomes students from any discipline. He understands the tedious process of crafting a great paper. He enjoys the collaborative learning process of working with students. Alex is looking forward to working with many of his peers this year at the FWC!
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 sophomore 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
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.