Justin Young, PhD
Associate Professor, Director of English Composition Program & Writers' Center
Patterson Hall 229A
Composition, Literacy, Writing Pedagogy, Digital Composition.
PhD, University of Oklahoma
MA, City College of New York (CUNY)
BA, The Evergreen State College
As a Responder, I love to help students with finding their own writing voice, thinking critically, and working creatively. I’m in the graduate MFA program for Creative Writing here at EWU, focusing on fiction. Originally, I’m from Vancouver, Washington, which means I spent all my time growing up in Portland, Oregon. Before joining the Eastern community, I taught and tutored students on subjects including academic writing, SAT reading and writing, Spanish, and reading comprehension. For my undergraduate degree, I majored in English at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA, where I had a job tutoring International Students on their academic writing. I lived and worked in Valencia, Spain, for six months in 2018, teaching English at an elementary school and an after-school academy. After that I lived in Eugene, OR, for a year, where I tutored students from middle school through adults, before I returned to the eastern side of Washington for grad school—and to get some sun again after all that gray Eugene drizzle!
I am a huge nerd and a goofball. I believe learning should be fun, so I am high energy and enjoy every second. I specialize in technical writing and visual communication design. As such, I am well-suited to help you with research papers, essays, presentations, web design projects, portfolios, scholarships, and graduate school applications. I also enjoy having thoughtful conversations about popular culture, literature, theories, and the academic experience.
Darcy Bradley, PhD
Darcy has a BFA (California), an M.Ed (Colorado), and a PhD in Teacher Education with a focus on Literacy Instruction from the Ohio State University. Most recently, she taught English reading, writing, and conversation to international students through EWU's English Language Institute. With over twenty years of experience in educational settings, she was a professor in undergraduate and graduate programs at both EWU and Western Washington University, has published journal articles and book chapters on literacy topics, and was an editor for a company that publishes professional books about literacy. Darcy has lived all over the United States and resides in Medical Lake with her husband, four stock dogs and twelve sheep. As a change from academic writing, she has turned to memoir in order to capture the serious, humorous, or trivial events of her life.
A graduate of the Master of English-Literature program at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Joanna has ten years of experience as a Senior Responder at the Writers' Center. Prior to a position as an English Lecturer at Eastern, she taught composition and literature courses at Gonzaga University and the University of Colorado. Currently, she is teaching at Spokane Community College as an adjunct English instructor in their evening program. Joanna's current pedagogical interests include online response, college readiness, literary analysis, and success for non-traditional learners.
John Bladek, PhD
John grew up in Spokane, Washington and discovered the joys of writing in first grade when he ripped off Herman Melville and wrote his own illustrated version of Moby Dick. He also found that he liked history and combined it with writing, earning a BA and an MA in History at Washington State University. A PhD. soon followed from the University of Washington, where he studied the awesomely named 19th-century political party, the Know Nothings. He loves all kinds of history, and if you ask you may get a free lecture. John now writes books for children. His first middle-grade novel, ROLL UP THE STREETS, a mystery involving awful smells and the dangers of brainwashing corndogs, came out in 2010.
Karen Haworth has an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language from Gonzaga University. After earning this degree, she taught English in China for 5 years. Since 2010, she has been an instructor for international students at EWU's English Language Institute. She also provides one-on-one English language support for students at the WSU College of Nursing in Spokane.
Kelly Morton is a Responder at EWU's Writers' Center as well as an instructor in the Accelerated Writing Program. She completed her bachelor's degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Washington (2008), a master's degree in Computing in Education from Teachers College at Columbia University (2013), and a master's degree in Creative Writing with an emphasis in fiction (2019). Kelly is from Spokane, Washington, though she's lived in Seattle, Portland, Northwest Florida, and France. She lives in Spokane with her husband, two little boys, three dogs, and a cat!
Kristina holds an MFA in Creative Writing from EWU. In addition to her work at the Writers' Center, she teaches online English composition courses, assists with a small literary press, and writes poetry that is often inspired by tropical landscapes. Prior to moving to Washington, she briefly taught English in Thailand and lived in Hawaii, Minnesota, Oregon, and Kenya. Her poetry can be found in Lilac City Fairytales, Bluestem Magazine, Rock & Sling, and other publications.
Lacey has a BA in Political Science with a minor in History and an MA in History from Eastern Washington University. She has worked on political campaigns, transcribed WWI veteran interviews, procured oral histories from soldiers assigned to the 92nd Air Refueling Wing, and interned with the base historian of Fairchild AFB. In addition to being a Responder, she teaches American History courses at Park University. Her specific areas of interest are 19th and 20th century U.S. history, public history, and digital storytelling.
Lorin has an MA in English: Literature and Writing and a BA in Literary Studies. She has taught Composition courses at EWU for the last three years, including English 101, 113, 114, and 201. Originally from California, Lorin has also lived in Nevada and Oklahoma before settling down in Washington. Having been a nontraditional student herself, Lorin understands that every college experience is unique and wants to help students during their time at Eastern. She enjoys gardening, partaking in her book club, and quality time with her husband, two kids, and two dogs.
Mary has her MA in Teaching English as a Second Language and her bachelor's in Business Education and Administrative Management. She has taught English and ESL courses at EWU for 12 years and has been known to add a song or two into her lessons. She loves to be outside and to spend time with her friends and family.
After graduating from Gonzaga and completing her student teaching, Sheri left for two years in the Peace Corps. In Niger, she taught English as a foreign language at a junior high school. Next she went to Bamberg, Germany and taught ESL at a US Department of Defense Dependents School. After three years in Germany, she returned to the US and briefly taught for both the US Army Basic Skills Ed Program and Muscogee County Adult Ed Center in Columbus, GA. Returning to Spokane, Sheri taught ESL at the Airway Heights Correctional Center, at the Institute for Extended Learning, and at the English Language Institute (ELI) at EWU. Upon completing her MA TESOL degree, Sheri was hired full time at the ELI at EWU, where she worked for 26 years, helping international students improve their writing in preparation for joining regular University classes. While the ELI closed in 2020, she is delighted to continue her work with EWU writing students as a Responder at the Writers’ Center. In her off time, she enjoys chatting with her international homestay students and planning her next trip.
Hi, I'm Taylor! I have been a Writers' Center Responder and have been teaching at Eastern since 2017. I am an Eastern alum (GO EAGS!) and graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Poetry). I also hold a BA in English with a writing emphasis from Idaho State University. I love documentaries, bacon, music (my favorite genre is 90's/early-mid 2000's indie), reading (especially graphic memoirs and contemporary American poetry), and re-watching The Office with my cat, Sylvie (named after the poet, Sylvia Plath).