Meet Our Staff

Writing Consultants

  • Name: Shalonte Branham
  • Hometown: Louisville, KY
  • Year of Study: Freshman
  • Major(s): Sociology and Political Science
  • Future Life Plans: Law school, debt-free, alive, coherent
  • Favorite Piece of Writing: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Superhero Name: Poetic Justice
  • Favorite/least favorite writing: Favorite: Poetry, Personal Narrative / Least: Research
  • Part of speech you would be and why: Em dash because I always seem to interrupt my current thought with another thought or critique, whether it's in my mind, conversation, or writing
  • Hobbies: Sleeping, eating, watching Anime, reading Manga, dancing

  • Name: Heidi C. Kimmich
  • Hometown: Erlanger, KY
  • Yearof Study: Sophomore
  • Major(s): Secondary Education & English
  • Minor(s): Ethics
  • Future Life Plans: High school English teacher
  • Favorite Piece of Writing: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Superhero Name: Ironic Knee
  • Favorite/least favorite writing: Least: Ernest Hemingway's Old Man in the Sea
  • Part of speech you would be and why: Semicolon, because there's always more to add
  • Hobbies: Reading, Netflix, eating, coloring, cleaning

  • Name: Ashley Fields
  • Hometown: Alexandria, KY
  • Year of Study: Senior
  • Major(s): Biology 
  • Minor(s): Chemistry 
  • Future Life Plans: A researcher in the field of genetics
  • Favorite Piece of Writing: The Great Gatsby
  • Superhero Name: The Endosybiont
  • Favorite/least favorite writing: Favorite: Thriller, mystery, suspension – Stephen King / Least: Classics – Jane Austin 
  • Part of speech you would be and why: A preposition because it's anywhere a cat can go
  • Hobbies: Netflix, going to the Cheesecake Factory, traveling 

  • Name: Lina de Legarreta
  • Hometown: St. Louis, MO
  • Year of Study: Junior 
  • Major(s): English 
  • Minor(s): Writing
  • Future Life Plans: Editor/Novelist
  • Favorite Piece of Writing: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller & A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • Superhero Name: The Summer Soldier 
  • Favorite/least favorite writing: I love literary analysis and creative writing and I don't like argumentative/ persuasive essays
  • Part of speech you would be and why: Interjection because I'm loud and often excited
  • Hobbies: Watching YouTube videos/Netflix, baking, mothering my friends, singing 24/7

  • Name: Kathleen Finan
  • Hometown: New York
  • Year of Study: Junior
  • Major(s): Nursing
  • Future Life Plans: To live happily ever after with a house full of dogs
  • Favorite Piece of Writing: Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
  • Superhero Name: The Stealthoscope
  • Favorite/least favorite writing: Adding unnecessary z's to wordz
  • Part of speech you would be and why: Ellipsis...
  • Hobbies: Reading, cute animal videos/articles, board games, rap music, weird medical facts, puns, road trips

  • Name: Alexis Higgs
  • Hometown: Chicago, IL
  • Year of Study: Junior
  • Major(s): Middle school English & Special Education
  • Minor(s):
  • Future Life Plans: To be healthy and happy. To be an inspiring educator. To have a big, happy family. 
  • Favorite Piece of Writing: An 8th grade student's "This I Believe" essay
  • Superhero Name: Lextacular
  • Favorite/least favorite writing: Favorite: Stream-of-consciousness / Least: Magical Realism
  • Part of speech you would be and why: Coordinating conjunction because I enjoy uniting ideas, people and things
  • Hobbies: Trying new restaurants, reading Young Adult Literature, drinking coffee really early in the morning, reading to kids