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Meet the Consultants

 Abigail 3

I am currently pursuing a M.A. in English Literature. While I have seen my fair share of academic papers, I am comfortable with creative writing as well. To me, writing is rewarding and satisfying. I will obsess over the perfect word and then revel in its discovery. There is beauty in all writing styles, academic or creative, and part of the joy of working with a body of writing is finding that beauty, whether it's in how the words flow or in what they say.

 Brianne Holmes

I am a graduate student in English with a concentration in creative writing, fiction. I particularly enjoy fantasy and speculative fiction. Writing is a journey, an ongoing quest to communicate our thoughts, beliefs, ideas, and stories. Whether you're writing persuasive essays, personal narratives, cover letters, news stories, fiction, or anything in between, I would love to join you in your journey through language. Let's travel together.

 Ed Reges

Ed is a lover of fiction in many forms. As a child, he read comic books and played video games. As an adult he reads novels when time allows and while he still plays video games, he also works with an independent gaming company in Raleigh, Eat Death Productions, as a writer and story-boarder. Genre fiction in particular holds a special place in his heart.

As an English/Philosophy undergraduate, he strove to prove that fictional characters actually have an existence, a stance known as fictional realism. He has written several philosophical papers that have been considered for awards from East Carolina University. As the student representative on the English undergraduate committee at ECU, he was proud to advocate such topics as the recognition of creative writing as an undergraduate course of study and the writing for the disciplines course for undergraduates. The English department also recognized his dedication to learning, awarding him the honor of undergraduate student of the year in December of 2013.

Upon achieving his master's degree in rhetoric and composition, Ed intends to share his passion of argumentation and composition with students of his own while composing his own works, both fictional and philosophical.

Gaiselle Cambra

Undergraduate major: English and political science major

English Concentration: creative writing

GA Assignment: writing consultant 

Why ECU: I had a fourth grad teacher who graduated from ECU and she spoke highly about the school, so it's the only school i've wanted to attend. 

Future plans: I plan to be a college professor.

 Jason Fitzgerald

I received bachelor's degrees in English and Philosophy from ECU, and I am currently pursuing an MA in English with a concentration in Literature. I enjoy reading and writing in all their forms and have writing experience in multiple genres from Creative Fiction to News Reports to Rhetorical Analyses. All writing has a purpose - whether it's to explain, illuminate, persuade, or simply entertain - and I look forward to helping students with any kind of writing at any stage in the process.

 Jesse Gay

Undergraduate degree: B.S. English/English Education

Concentration: Literature

GA Assignment: BWC and UWC 

Research Interests: Sexuality / 20th Century British Literature / Freudian Psychoanalysis  

Why ECU?: I came to ECU for my undergraduate degree because I was very impressed with their education program. Through my experiences with the ENED program, and the Literature program, I decided to come back to pursue an M.A. in Literature. Some of the major aspects of studying at ECU that I continue to be grateful for are the approachability of the faculty, as well as the fostered camaraderie among my graduate school acquaintances. The accessibility and inclusivity of the faculty, I've found, fosters an atmosphere of perseverance, conscientiousness, and discipline that has helped shaped me as a person as well as a scholar.  

Future Plans: Upon graduation I plan to teach at the high school level. I also intend on pursuing a PhD in Literature sometime in the future.


I started college in the town of Goldsboro, NC before transferring to ECU in my junior year. I completed undergrad with a degree in English. Currently I am a Creative Writing Fiction concentration. I enjoy literary analysis, literary criticism, and articulating ideas through research.


Justin Littlefield

My name is Justin and I’m a first year MA student in English with a concentration on Literature. I attended ECU for undergraduate degree so I’m already familiar with the area. My focus in research is on children and young adult literature. When I do have time to dabble into other realms I research issues on gender, race, and sexuality.


Rex Rose

I'm a Journalism major who loves both verbal and written communication. I enjoy working on everything from presentations to intensive research papers. I have worked with faculty, graduate students, undergraduates and ESL students, so whoever you are don't hesitate to schedule with me. While I work at the center as a consultant, I also handle all our social media channels. From Facebook posts to research papers, I have experience in all varieties of writing.

Suzan Flanagan 

My background is in communication studies/journalism and technical and professional communication. As a freelance writer, I dabbled in travel writing to children's writing; as a copyeditor, I specialized in Chicago style, though I am familiar with APA, MLA, and other styles. My favorite genres include mystery novels and personal essays, but I enjoy working with most any type of writing.

Zack Ckark 

I am a graduate student pursuing an MA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing.  I have a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and an MA in Teaching, with a concentration in Secondary English Education.  My writing experience has centered on literary analysis and creative writing, though I have experience guiding students writing on a variety of formats and topics.  I look forward to helping other students improve their writing skills in the BWC.
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