Phillip holds a BA in Cognitive Science from Northwestern University and has graduate training in English and Comparative Literature from the University of Oregon and SUNY Buffalo, respectively. In addition to teaching Rhetoric and Composition at UO and UB, he has taught English Literature at the University of Paris-VII. Outside of the classroom, he can most often be found with his face in a book, his hands in the dirt, or his feet on a trail. He is from Buffalo and has lived in more places than he wishes to recount, but it is with great curiosity and anticipation that he settles into the hills and riparian zones around the Chemung, in the land of the Haudenosaunee League.
Kevin Clark has taught composition, rhetoric, and creative writing at colleges throughout Pennsylvania including Bloomsburg, Clarion, Edinboro, and Penn State Universities and Juniata College. A published poet and shortstoryist, he is a native of Pittsburgh and his work focuses on place as a determining force in our lives. He earned a B.A. in communication from Slippery Rock University, an M.A. in English from Bucknell University, and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Pittsburgh. Other interests include environmental ethics, animal rights, blue collar literature, and the well-being of his cat, Henry David Thoreau.
Dawn Fewkes holds a Master of Fine Arts from Goddard College and a Bachelor of Music Education from the Eastman School of Music. Her thesis was a full length poetry manuscript, a critical analysis of the life work of Muriel Rukeyser and a pedagogical study of the teaching of writing. Since graduating, she has taught Composition I & II, Introduction to Literature, Remedial Writing, Composition for English as a Foreign Language, Introduction to the Writing of Poetry, Memoire and Creative Essay Writing, Learning Methods, and GED Math and Writing for Corning Community College, Mansfield University, and Elmira College. Her publications include both poetry and short fiction in journals like Confluence, Pitkin in Review, and Leaflets. Prior to moving to the Elmira area she taught for four years in the music department of Marietta College in Ohio as staff accompanist, vocal coach for the opera workshop and private and class instructor of vocal performance. She continues to be an active vocal instructor and accompanist in the central New York region.
Ingrid Hungerford is a native of Elmira. She holds a B.A. in English from University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in English from University of Massachusetts Boston. She has been working for the FWP since 2010. Besides teaching freshman writing, Ingrid's main interests are in contemporary fiction, memoir and creative writing.
Laura Jones received her BA in English Literature and Studio Art from Elmira College. She has an MFA in Fiction from the Solstice Creative Writing Program at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, MA, with specialization in short stories and illustrated texts. Before joining the Freshman Writing Program at Elmira College, Jones spent six years working in academic and public libraries. Her recent illustrations and written publications can be found in journals both online and in print.
Dr. Joseph Lemak:
Joseph Lemak received his Ph.D. in Classics from the University at Buffalo. He has been under the aegis of Elmira College’s purple and gold for over a decade. Over this time, he has taught composition & rhetoric, ancient Mediterranean history, Asian history, classical literature, CORE, Ancient Greek, and Latin. Additionally, he has worked for the Honors Program and History department at Mansfield University. He has published on the ancient Roman economy of the western provinces and on the Classical Tradition in upstate New York. Joe is currently researching the interplay between the decline of the “Great Books” tradition and rise of Expressivist composition pedagogy in the American academy. He is an advisor to WECW, the Elmira College radio station, and hosts a weekly radio show every Friday dedicated to vintage soul, deep funk, and classic R&B. Joe enjoys practicing guitar and playing LPs on his turntable. His two daughters both sometimes think he does these activities too loudly.
Jesse Ozog, a native of Horseheads NY, has nearly 10 years teaching experience between Elmira College and Corning Community College. He attended Corning Community College, where he was student trustee, Binghamton University and the University of Buffalo respectively earning degrees in English and Literature along the way. Mr. Ozog has been featured as a guest speaker for a number of teacher workshops for the Visual Thinking Strategies Program; focusing on incorporating graphic novels into New York State classrooms. In his spare time he enjoys the company of his fiancé and their puggle. He has a very healthy obsession with comic books and video games, and a tenuous relationship with the family cat.
Brandon Pettit has an MFA in poetry from the University of South Florida. His poems appear online, in print journals, and on bookshelves in other countries. For ease of travel he likes to keep a map tacked above his bed.
Erin Riddle is an advanced Ph.D. candidate in Translation Studies at Binghamton University and is finishing her dissertation "Domesticating Memory: Jana Hensel and Rigoberta Menchú in Translation." Previously she completed a B.A. in German Language and Literature at Ithaca College with minors in Spanish Language and Literature and Art History and then a M.A. in Comparative Literature with Translation Studies at Binghamton University. She has taught many writing and composition courses at Binghamton University and enjoys working with students as they investigate and develop their own approaches and strategies for critical thinking and writing. In addition, Erin enjoys cycling and translating contemporary literature from German and Spanish and is involved with efforts to encourage renewable energy development and sustainable agriculture.
Dr. Katrina Shilts:
Katrina Shilts teaches Freshman Writing and occasionally literature at Elmira. She is also Co-coordinator of the Elmira College Writing Center. She earned her Master's and Ph.D. in English from Binghamton University and specializes in Romanticism and in modern American poetry. Her most recent foray into academics was presenting a paper called "Nature as Redeemer: Mark Twain and Mary Oliver" at Elmira 2013: The Seventh International Conference on the State of Mark Twain Studies.