Writing Center Staff

Jessica F. Kem

Jessica F. Kem

Director of the Writing Center

Jessica coordinates the programs and operations of the Writing Center. She also consults with students on writing and reading, teaches workshops on writing and research processes, and supports faculty writing pedagogy. She contributes to campus-wide efforts to cultivate justice and equity in teaching, learning, and collaboration. Pronouns: she/her. Hear my name.

Roy H. Andrews

Roy H. Andrews

Writing Associate

Roy does many one-on-one consultations in which he helps students develop their writing and attend to new ways of thinking professors are challenging them to learn. He is also highly experienced at supporting students who are trying to write more creatively. Pronouns: he/his

Wesley A. Blixt

Wesley Blixt is longtime daily newspaper reporter and investigative journalist. He earned a Master of Fine Arts in Fiction at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is the author of SKATERS - A Novel. Pronouns: He/him

Kristen Brookes

Kristen Brookes

Associate Director of the Writing Center

Kristen develops pedagogical materials and supports faculty in the teaching of writing. She works with students at all stages in the writing process, specializing in strategies for reading effectively and efficiently. Kristen particularly enjoys helping students reduce procrastination and writing anxiety. Having earned a PhD in Literature, Kristen currently exercises her creativity on the improv stage. Pronouns: she/her.

Susan G. Daniels

Susan G. Daniels

Associate in Public Speaking

Susan Daniels serves as the Public Speaking Associate at Amherst College. In this role, she works with students, faculty and staff  to become more relaxed, focused and engaged speakers. Through in-class workshops, individual appointments, and trainings for speaking events, Susan helps build skills, encourages practice, and celebrates the power of public speaking at Amherst College.

Jarrel De Matas

Jarrel De Matas

Writing Associate

Jarrel is a current PhD Candidate with teaching experience in College Writing at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. When he isn't helping scholars with their writing, Jarrel can be found playing tennis, biking, or watching reruns of Star Trek. Pronouns: he/his

Olive O Demar

Olive O Demar

Writing Associate

Olive Demar can support students at any stage of the writing process -- from brainstorming initial ideas to designing a writing plan to developing a strong conclusion. Active as a researcher and editor, Olive brings to the Writing Center an experiential sense of the challenges and joys of writing. She appreciates how writing engages multiple parts of ourselves and enjoys getting to know students through their work. Pronouns: she/her.

Emily T. Merriman

Emily T. Merriman

Associate Director of the Writing Center

In individual sessions Emily seeks to proffer a warm, lively, mutual focus on current writing tasks in the context of language in its multiple human dimensions, including the social as well as the technical. A poet, a teacher, and an editor, she especially enjoys her work engaging with multilingualism and language variation on the Amherst College campus. Pronouns: she/her

Ethan C. Myers

Ethan C. Myers

Writing Associate

A teacher in college and high school classrooms for nearly twenty years, Ethan delights in working individually with writers in the Writing Center. He works with writers at any stage of their process, though he has a special fondness for brainstorming. Ethan hopes for writers to take ownership of their compositions so that they may use writing as a site for exploration, discovery and knowledge production. Pronouns: he/him

Jade Y. Onn

Jade Onn (she/her) is a Composition and Rhetoric PhD student and College Writing instructor. She enjoys learning from various fields through her students' unique perspectives while helping them develop transferable critical reading and writing skills, and she is always excited to share new digital literacy tips and tricks. Pronouns: she/her

Lydia Peterson

Lydia Peterson

Writing Associate

Lydia is happy to provide collaborative one-on-one consultations with students, faculty and staff. She meets with writers at all levels and at any stage of writing from inception to completion. In addition to academic writing projects, she also consults with students on reading, applications, creative writing, and theses.  Pronouns: she/her. Hear my name.

Sharanya Sridhar

Sharanya Sridhar is a PhD candidate at Umass Amherst. Over the last decade, she has taught a variety of writing and literature courses. In writing consultations, Sharanya aims to create a welcoming and inclusive experience where students share their developing ideas. She hopes for students to approach writing as an act of self discovery. Sharanya loves to work with students on all kinds of writing assignments and projects. Pronouns: She/her. 

Chandler Steckbeck

Chandler Steckbeck

Writing Associate

Chandler is passionate about reading and creating writing. They love collaborating with clients to help them develop existing strategies and skills to help them grow as writers and scholars. When she isn't working, you can find them in the kitchen baking bread of all sorts.