Meet Our Staff

Bronwyn T. Williams

Bronwyn T. Williams


I love to write and to teach writing and I am delighted to have the opportunity to work in the University Writing Center. Writing is the way we connect our ideas, emotions, and lives with one another. It is essential to the intellectual life and to communicating our common humanity. As a teacher I believe that the only way to teach effectively is to listen carefully to what students have to say and work with their writing so it expresses their ideas, not ours. Our goal as writing teachers is to help students develop a rhetorical awareness that will allow them to negotiate the unfamiliar writing and reading situations they encounter both inside the university and beyond. I also believe that writing can be pleasurable and fulfilling, even as it is hard work. I have had a broad range of teaching experiences in composition and rhetoric, literature, creative writing, popular culture, and journalism. I have also recently published a book, Literacy Practices and Perceptions of Agency: Composing Identities, that includes research that took place at the University Writing Center. My personal webpage is at

Cassie Book

Cassie Book

Associate Director

Cassie is delighted to rejoin the University Writing Center staff after a four-year hiatus. In 2010 she began her career in teaching and studying writing as a graduate student tutor here at the University Writing Center. For the past four years, she taught writing and directed a writing center. While at UofL, Cassie earned a Masters in English and a Certificate in Latin American and Latino Studies. She also has a BA in English and Spanish from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is currently at PhD student in English at Old Dominion University in Virginia. Her favorite part of working in a writing center is being amidst a center buzzing with conversation about writing! In her free time, she enjoys exploring Louisville, running, cooking, gardening, and traveling.

Robin Blackett

Robin Blackett

Program Assistant, SR.

Robin enjoys the atmosphere in the University Writing Center. She enjoys seeing students start off coming here as first year students and continuing all the way to completing their degrees. It is also great to see the Masters and PhD students who come to the writing center to get feedback as they continue to become better and better writers in their academic careers. Finally, it is really special to see the students who work in the University Writing Center as they go through their academic careers and leave the ‘nest’ at the U of L and take wing to other exciting challenges and opportunities.

Layne Gordon

Assistant Director

Layne is a second-year PhD student in rhetoric and composition. She earned her M.A. in English at the University of Louisville and her B.A. in English with a minor in Philosophy from Bellarmine University. She was born and raised in Louisville and is very excited to be working with and learning from the UofL community in the Writing Center. Her current research interests center on the intersections of community literacy, composition pedagogy, and social class and higher education. When she isn’t reading and writing she loves to spend time at home with her baby boy, her husband, and their two dogs.

Jessica Newman

Jessica Newman

Assistant Director

Jessie is a PhD student in rhetoric and composition. Her research interests include writing center studies, community engaged scholarship and listening studies. She loves working with people on their writing and is excited to work with you on whatever writing project you bring. Jessie has earned an MA in language and literacy from the City College of New York, an MFA in creative writing from the University of Notre Dame and an ScB in cognitive science from Brown University. In her free time, she enjoys writing in hybrid genres, watching excessive amounts of television and playing with her puppy.

Caitlin Ray

Assistant Director of Graduate Student Writing

Caitlin Ray is a PhD student in Rhetoric and Composition, who earned her MA in English at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and her BA (in English and Theatre) at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. She has previously worked as an educational actor, book editor, and reading teacher for PreK to adults students. Her current research interests include disability studies and medical rhetoric, particularly in how people experiencing chronic illness and pain make sense of their experiences through narrative. She also studies social justice, Theatre and Pedagogy of the Oppressed, and the ways that we can increase access to the classroom. Outside of school, she loves reading, listening to podcasts, and watching entirely too much TV.

Christopher Stuck

Assistant Director of the Virtual Writing Center

Christopher is a second-year PhD student in rhetoric and composition. He earned his M.A. in English at the University of South Carolina and a B.A. in English at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA. His current research interests lie in confluences of memory, gender, natural sciences, pop culture, and pop communication, leading him to write about dodos, dinosaurs, and paleontologists. He is a typography and visual design hobbyist and hopes to one day own a DeLorean.

Brent Coughenour

Brent is a first year English graduate student. Born and raised in the great city of Louisville, he received his Bachelor's Degree in Film at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green with minors in Creative Writing and American Sign Language. When not reading Stephen King, Gillian Flynn, Raymond Carver, Gwendolyn Brooks, or John Steinbeck, Brent can be found watching copious amounts of television, running, or playing with his cats. His interests also include music, so feel free to come talk to him about music of all kinds, though particularly the repertoire of Future Nobel Laureate Kanye West.

Nicole Dugan

Nicole is a first-year graduate student originally from Cape Coral, Florida. She is pursuing an M.A. in English with an emphasis in rhetoric and composition. She hopes to have a career in higher education as a writing center director and composition professor. In her spare time, she enjoys watching 90s television shows, reading creative nonfiction, and hanging out with her dog, Rocky.

Reid Elsea

Reid is a first-year graduate student seeking a Master’s in English with a focus on Literature. He was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Reid completed a double major in English Literature and Latin at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. In his research, he is interested in 20th Century Modernism and Literary Theory. Outside the classroom, he enjoys concerts, playing music, and hanging out with friends.

Taryn Hall

Taryn is a Louisville native who earned her BA in English from Indiana University. She worked in the IU Southeast writing center for two years, fostering a love of tutoring and writing center theory which she is thrilled to continue exploring at the University of Louisville. Beyond her love of writing center pedagogy, her research interests are primarily in literary and cultural criticism, with a particular emphasis on feminist theory, the body, and agency in literature and other media. She also spends more time than is probably wise questioning the very concept of the literary canon. When she isn’t doing that, one might find her watching cooking shows (despite being a terrible cook), finding excuses to shop online, or hanging out with her nephew and cat.

Beau Kilpatrick

Beau has worked in the University Archives and Special Collections department at the University of Louisville for over two years as an undergrad, where he investigated historic images captured in Louisville. He was also a sports journalist for The Louisville Cardinal campus newspaper before he graduated. Ultimately, he is interested in exploring how some literature defies the bounds of genre conformity and classification. Beau would like to become a journalist, along with teaching literature and writing after receiving his Master’s degree in English.

Rachel Knowles

Rachel graduated with a B.A. in English and minor in Communications from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and is currently a first year M.A. student at UofL studying English with a focus on professional writing. For her undergraduate senior thesis, Rachel conducted research into the co-influential relationship between college students’ academic and social media writing, results of which were presented across multiple platforms. In addition to her research, she has served as an Honors College TA, peer tutored at the UIC Writing Center, and undertaken several Communications internships in downtown Chicago. When she isn’t reading classical literature or watching Game of Thrones, Rachel enjoys taking walks with her dog and eating sushi.

Isaac Marvel

Isaac is from Providence, KY, and is a first-year M.A. student who earned his B.A. from Campbellsville University in English. He is pursuing his M.A. in English as well, with a concentration in literature, and hopes to make a career out of teaching. He previously worked for several years in the Campbellsville Writing and Tutoring Center. Typically you will find him listening to music, playing games, or having a pointless conversation--possibly all three at the same time.

Mitzi Phelan

Mitzi is a second-year graduate student pursuing a Masters in English. Originally from Mississippi, Mitzi recently moved to the Louisville area from Nashville, Tennessee. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Memphis with a B.A. in English. Like most English majors, Mitzi loves reading anything that crosses her path, but especially enjoys studying the works of the Harlem Renaissance. While passionate about her academic career, her most important moments are spent with her amazing husband and their two little boys.

Tim Phelps

For the four years since graduating with his English for Secondary Teachers BA from WKU, Tim has taught at North Bullitt High School, and for the past two summers, has been fortunate enough to teach for the Governor's Scholars Program. Tim's interests are in rhetoric and composition, particularly visual rhetoric in advertising and politics. He enjoys writing short fiction, hanging out at Rough River, playing chess, and being mildly proficient at old-school Mario games. He has a wife and two wonderful children, who are active in their school's volleyball and soccer teams.

Keaton Price

Keaton is a second year English MA student. She was born and raised in Louisville, but for her undergraduate studies, Keaton moved to Memphis, TN where she attended Rhodes College. Here she received her BA in English. She also made plenty of time to explore Memphis’ famous BBQ scene. Now that Keaton is back in Louisville, she is excited to continue her education at UofL. When not in class, she enjoys reading mysteries, exploring antique stores, and visiting the Speed Art Museum.

Mary-Kate Smith

Mary-Kate Smith is a first year MA student. She is excited to work in the writing center. Mary-Kate is a Louisville native who has three siblings that currently attend the University of Louisville. She loves to travel. She spent a year and a half overseas during undergrad living in England, France and Japan. She has also visited more than 20 other countries. She loves the outdoors and worked as a summer staff writer at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico. She graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2016 with two bachelor’s degrees in journalism and history and with a designation in global studies. Mary-Kate is interested in travel writing, cultural exchanges and the rhetoric of movement. She is enthusiastic about learning and growing in graduate school.