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.
Graysen grew up in the Pacific Northwest where her interest in fantasy was sparked by novels such as Artemis Fowl, and The Lord of the Rings. She discovered her love for mixing literature and psychology while completing her BA in English Literature and minor in Technical Communication at EWU. The result was a Master’s thesis on Tolkien and trauma when she completed her Master's in English Literature and Writing. Along with working as a Responder, she has also begun teaching English 113 and 114 at Eastern. Graysen believes that no one stops learning and is always eager to learn something new from what she reads. She is an outdoorsy dog person who spends her spare time kayaking, camping, sharing dad jokes, and cooking.
Hi, I’m Haley! I’m a Responder here at the EWU Writers’ Center. I have an undergrad in English Language and Literature and am currently getting my masters in Rhetoric and Technical Communication. I love reading, biking, and making playlists for very specific life situations. For example, I have a playlist that is specifically played for when I eat chips. I love taking on any new challenge that comes my way, so bring me your essay, presentation, creative writing piece, résumé, or whatever you’d like to work on. It’s okay if it’s messy and a little chaotic; that’s how you know your ideas are good ones!
Hi! I’m Holly. I’m a writer, poet and Writers’ Center responder.
I love to talk about writing, especially the brainstorming and creative parts where we make our ideas come to life. My background in higher education and creative writing means I especially love working on creative writing stories and poems, applications, personal narratives and other writing centered around the writer. I also like brainstorming for papers and help writers generate new ideas.
I got my undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Washington and I am currently getting my master of fine arts in creative writing at Eastern Washington University. I love plants, animals, good food and good conversation. And like, lots of coffee.
Joanna has worked at the Writers’ Center for 16 years. Joanna graduated from the Master of English-Literature program at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She was a Lecturer at Eastern and an adjunct instructor of composition and literature at Gonzaga University, Spokane Community College, and the University of Colorado. Joanna loves to read, camp, spend time with her 3 busy children, cook, and discover new places to explore in the Pacific Northwest.
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 both children and adults including his middle-grade novels, ROLL UP THE STREETS, and LOST IN GHOSTVILLE, and the ghost story for adults, WINTERBAY ABBEY. He is currently working on a fantasy series. THE LAST WIZARD.
Hey there, writers! My name is Josh and I have been with EWU for four years and the Writers’ Center for about two years. I’ve taught a variety of English Composition courses and I was lucky enough to teach a quarter of Creative Writing. While English is my primary language, I love learning about other languages—Japanese, Dutch, and Spanish have been most interesting to me lately. While my master’s degree focused on poetry, my undergraduate degree covered all kinds of different writing: grant writing, copyediting, and even a bit of book design. I look forward to helping you with whatever you bring into the Writers’ Center!
Karen Haworth has been a Responder at the Writers' Center since 2016. Before that she taught English to international students at EWU's English Language Institute starting in 2010. Some of the courses she taught focused on grammar, academic writing skills, and research paper writing. She has a master's degree in teaching ESL from Gonzaga University. She has also provided language support for ESL nursing students at WSU related to health sciences topics. She is interested in projects about learning strategies, how to do research, and online education. She recently completed an online certificate program for teaching and designing online courses on Canvas and Microsoft Teams.
Hi! I’m Kris; a foodie on a mission to know all the weird stuff. I’m a bit of an overachiever—I finished my undergrad 3 majors and one minor richer—love the outdoors, and if you know something nobody needs to know, please tell me! Bring me whatever you’re working on; brainstorming, a presentation, a speech, English, science, philosophy, engineering, a cover letter, a personal statement. I’m a creative writer too, so bring me some of that as well. The possibility of laughter is high, so let’s have fun!
Kristina has been at the Writers’ Center since she was a grad student in the Creative Writing MFA program in 2010. In addition to working with students at EWU, she teaches creative writing online for University of Northwestern - St. Paul and works on book editing and design projects. She has lived in a variety of places, from Kenya to Minnesota, but enjoys being settled in Spokane with her husband and two kids. She loves taking walks, exploring the U.S. on road trips, and reading novels and cookbooks.
Lacey is an EWU alum! After receiving her MA in History, she worked on political campaigns, transcribed WWII veteran interviews, and procured oral histories from Airman assigned to the 92nd Air Refueling Wing. As a Writers’ Center Responder and an instructor in the English Composition department teaching ENGL 113 and ENGL 114, she is devoted to students' academic and personal success. Lacey enjoys snowshoeing in the winter, paddle boarding in the summer, and an iced coffee anytime of the year.
Originally from California, Lorin has also lived in Nevada and Oklahoma before her family was stationed in Washington. She received her MA in English: Literature and Writing and a BA in Literary Studies. Her main interests are 19th century feminist fiction and Armenian literature. Lorin has taught Composition courses at EWU since 2017, including English 101, 113, 114, and 201. 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. Lorin is fluent in Eastern and Western Armenian.
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.
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Born and raised in Spokane, Washington, Oran graduated from Eastern Washington University with a BA in Creative Writing spring of 2021. He’s currently pursuing an MFA in poetry at Eastern while working as a Responder and the ENGL 114 Writing Fellows Coordinator at the Writers’ Center. As an autistic individual, Oran often writes poems about his own psychology and experiences in light of his diagnosis. However, he also writes about nature, online community, the bonds between friends and family, and identity. Oran lives with his partner, Kai, and their cat, Colin, in a humble apartment in Spokane.
Theo Bell (He/Him) is a graduate student in English Literature and is just finishing his first year here at EWU. A transplant from Vermont, he’s very new to the Washington area and is super excited to continue to explore the west coast! Theo majored in Theater Production and has a fair amount of performance experience – especially with Shakespeare, who’s his favorite writer of all time. Theo enjoys creating fiber arts, traditional art, digital art, doll art, and honestly just about anything with ‘art’ appended to it! Theo currently works as an audiobook editor, and has ambitions to one day work in a professional publishing house. As a queer and disabled man, Theo tries to promote the ideals of inclusivity and empathy in all circumstances and wants to provide a safe and comfortable space for all students at EWU.