The University of San Francisco: Learning and Writing Center

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Writing Center Consultants

Writing Center Coordinator

  • Leslie Dennen  Leslie Dennen coordinates the Writing Center and is an Associate Professor in the Rhetoric and Language Department at USF. She received her Masters degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (MATESL) and Certificate in Composition from San Francisco State University. She received her Doctorate in Education from USF in May 2007. 

     Phone: 415-422-6011

Writing Center Consultants

  • Julie Bruck  Julie Bruck has an MFA in Creative Writing (poetry) from Warren Wilson's MFA Program for Writers, and has taught widely, both in and out of university settings. Her poetry and prose have been published widely, appearing in magazines such as The New Yorker, MS., and Time.  Her books include, The Woman Downstairs (1993), The End of Travel (1999), and Monkey Ranch (2012), which received Canada's 2012 Governor General's Award for Poetry. 
  • Lily Iona MacKenzie  A Canadian by birth, Lily Iona MacKenzie has a M.A. in Creative Writing as well as a M.A. in the Humanities from San Francisco State University. She has taught expository and creative writing, the humanities, and English, at the University of San Francisco and other Bay Area colleges for over 20 years. In addition, she has been a Marin Poetry Center board member and has served on other Marin non-profit boards. Her poetry collection All This was published in November 2011 and can be found in the USF Gleeson Library.  Blog address:
  • Michael Hammond
  • Onllwyn Dixon
  • Bernadette Pedagno
  • Cynthia Schultes
  • Tom Lugo
  • Kat Winter  Kathleen (“Kat”) Winter holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Arizona State University, an MA in Literature from Boston College and law degree from University of California, Davis.  She practiced law for several years before becoming a teacher.  Winter’s first collection of poems, Nostalgia for the Criminal Past, won the Antivenom Prize and was published by Elixir Press in 2012. 
  • Dan Chomko
  • Gina Arnold
  •  Robert Rohr
  •  Amy Timko
  •  Marcia Clay
  •  Roberta D'Alois  Roberta D'Alois is a writer, writing coach and and Artistic Director of Jump! Theatre, whose mission is to present theatrical work based on authentic stories of mental illness. Her from Brandeis University and her MFA is in Creative Writing   from San Francisco State. She is an adjunct lecturer in English at USF, Holy Names University and SF State.
  •  Maree Caput
  •  Mark Dowdy
  •  David Galashvily
  •  Simone Hoelck
  • Jonathan Hunt
  • Justin Lotpceich  Justin earned his BA in English with a minor in sociology from Notre Dame de Namur University.  He attended the State University of New York at Buffalo and completed his MA in English Literature, with a concentration in nineteenth-century American literature.  He returned to the Bay Area to teach and to attend San Francisco State University where he earned a Graduate Certificate in Teaching Composition; he is currently working toward a Graduate Certificate in Teaching Postsecondary Reading.  He enjoys reading, researching, discussing, and teaching literature, but his primary interest lies in the art of composition.
  • Jeanne Powell
  • Roxann Schmidt
  • Lisa Kimberlin Lisa earned her M.A. and M.F.A. in Writing from the University of San Francisco, and her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Georgia. She has led and developed communications programs for several Fortune 500 companies, and has served as an executive speechwriter for leaders at Wells Fargo, Juniper Networks, and Williams-Sonoma. She has been teaching at the Writing Center since 2005.   
  •  Daniel Morgan

    Dan Morgan’s professional background is rooted in the entertainment industry.  He has written for comedians and other entertainers, and continues to write, edit and consult in this capacity.  Dan earned a Master of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Miami, and a Doctorate degree in Education from the University of Southern California.  He has published articles in the fields of education and sociology, coauthors a Sociology textbook, and teaches a Writing in Sociology course at USF.  Dr. Morgan is also an editorial board member for a sociology journal.