Writing Center Staff

Writing Specialists

Ben Aldridge 

Ben Aldridge

  • BA student in English Literature
  • Goals: Earn a Master's Degree, create a grammar website, and teach at a community college or university
  • Special Interests: Reading at coffee shops, playing the guitar and jimbe,  and playing all kinds of sports
Sarah Andersen

Sarah Andersen

  • BA in English Education from San José State University
  • Student in English Single-Subject Credential Program 
  • Goals: Earn multiple degrees, continue her education in a country overseas, and find a thoroughly satisfying career path
  • Special Interests: Reading, hiking, writing, collecting records, and watching "Friends" with her cat, Chandler
Samantha Clark

Samantha Clark

  • BS student in Journalism and BA student in History
  • Former Managing Editor for the Spartan Daily
  • Goals: Become a food writer and an authority on cheese and take a road trip across the United States
  • Special Interests: Cooking, traveling, and gardening
Alyssa Galvan

Alyssa Galvan

  • BA in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing from San José State University
  • Poetry Editor for Reed Magazine
  • Goals: Learn to cook, teach English abroad, earn an MFA in Creative Writing, and publish a few stories and poems
  • Special Interests: Reading YA literature, participating in book discussions, and giving stray animals a home
Mitchell Gehring

Mitchell Gehring

  • BA student in English Education
  • Goals: Become a teacher, never work retail again, and teach someone who accomplishes something great
  • Special Interests: Redditting, creating music, collecting records, buying physical books, and watching or playing ice hockey
Jessy Goodman 

Jessy Goodman

  • MFA student in Creative Writing
  • Teaching Associate in the English Department
  • Goals: Publish a novel, find a way to continue traveling on a grad student's budget, edit books or teach university-level creative writing, and move to a flat in London with a small garden where she can read
  • Special Interests: Reading, learning to cook, watching embarrassing reality shows, and lounging around with her cat, Luna
Jeff Heid 

Jeff Heid

  • MFA student in Creative Writing
  • Assistant to the Center for Literary Arts
  • Goals: Be paid to travel, own a cabin in the woods, join a writing staff for a television show, and publish at least one collection of short fiction
  • Special Interests: Reading and writing short stories, tending his amateur orchard, and snobbishly analyzing movies 
John Linford 

John Linford

  • BS student in Economics
  • Secretary of the San José State University Economics Club
  • Student representative on the AANAPISI Writing Excellence Board
  • Goals: Complete an Iron Man Triathlon, continue to learn new things, and earn a Ph.D before obtaining a position with the FBI
  • Special Interests: Running, endurance cycling, playing guitar, participating in martial arts, and watching/playing football and baseball (Go Oakland!)
Emmanuel Solorzano 

Emmanuel Solorzano

  • BA student in English Education
  • Goals: Study literature, study Bible and Theology, teach and learn from people         
  • Special Interests: Playing piano, listening to jazz, and hiking once a year for exercise

 

Andrew Tucker

Andrew Tucker

  • MFA student in Creative Writing
  • Teaching Associate in the English Department
  • Managing Editor for Reed Magazine
  • Goals: Obtain an MFA in Creative Writing and a Ph.D in English, teach college-level writing courses, and become a produced screenwriter
  • Special Interests: Making specialty pizzas, painting custom Vinylmations, and choosing the right Instagram filter

 

Assistant Writing Specialists

 Hannah Wiltbank

Hannah Wiltbank

  • BA student in English with a concentration in Career Writing
  • Student representative on the AANAPISI Writing Excellence Board
  • Goals: Learn Spanish, write a useful computer program, finish that ambitious grammar website, and find a full-time position as a technical writer
  • Special Interests: Reading, baking, writing short fiction, and playing computer games sub-optimally

 

Administrative Assistants

Cynthia Harper

Cynthia Harper, AANAPISI Grant Assistant

  • BA in English from San José State University
  • Goals: Obtain a Master’s degree and Ph.D in English, teach at the university level, publish a collection of short stories and personal essays, and finally attend Comic Con
  • Special Interests: Reading, blogging, gaming, watching silly sci-fi shows, and participating in writing communities
Pat Walls

Pat Walls, Writing Center Administrative Support Coordinator

  • BA in Theatre Arts and History from Concordia University, Irvine
  • Goals: Finish a long-overdue Master's thesis in the History of Food and Culture, publish said thesis, and become a Master Brewer and a Master Cicerone
  • Special Interests: Cooking, reading, sampling fermented and distilled beverages, and being outdoors