Melissa Helquist

Dr. Melissa Helquist, Director

Melissa is the Director of the Community Writing Center and Associate Professor of English at Salt Lake Community College. She has been teaching writing for the past twenty years in a variety of contexts: in writing centers, online, in the classroom, and from a canoe in the Northwoods. She is a disability studies scholar and an accessibility advocate.

Kati Lewis, Associate Director

Kati is the Associate Director of the Community Writing Center and Assistant Professor of English at Salt Lake Community College. She has been teaching writing, literature, and critical theory for the past eleven years. Her areas of interest include postcolonial studies, creative writing, social justice, queer studies, high-impact practices, and global/local learning. She enjoys writing short fiction, creative nonfiction, and multimedia essays. She's also a part-time yogi, runner, and hiker.

Katherine Allred, Writing Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator

Katherine is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Writing and Rhetoric Studies at the University of Utah, where her areas of interest include sociolinguistics, social justice, alternative pedagogies, and project-based learning. She loves writing poetry and creative nonfiction. In her spare time she likes to knit sweaters, weld metal, go hiking and fishing, ride her road bike, and grow weird vegetables.

Sabita Bastakoti, Outreach & Event Coordinator

Sabita is working on her BA in Writing and Rhetoric Studies and Art History at the University of Utah. She is interested in the role art and writing play in shaping cultures and wants to study writings and arts from under-represented peoples. She also has a passion for food, eating more than cooking, and wants to travel the world trying various kinds of food.

Zach Frederick

Zach Frederick, Writing Assistant/Project Coordinator

Zach is a student at the University of Utah in Writing and Rhetoric Studies. At the CWC, he’s discovered a passion for working in community writing. He is dedicated to the CWC’s mission of using writing as a bridge for Salt Lake’s diverse communities. After graduation, he plans to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing; that, or “Walden Pond” it in the wilderness of Montana for a while. He spends his spare time reading and writing, playing video games, hiking with his dog, and attempting to convince anyone who will listen that science fiction will one day save humanity.

Kayden Groves

Kayden Groves, Writing Assistant/Marketing and Publications Coordinator

Kayden studies graphic design full time at Salt Lake Community College, and works part time at the CWC as the Marketing and Publications Coordinator as well as a writing coach. He firmly believes in the Community Writing Center’s motto: everyone can write, even graphic designers. In his free time, Kayden can be found reading, drawing, or exploring new avenues of creative expression. He is happiest when creating things and appreciating beautiful things created by others, be it typography, photography, the written word, or illustration. His favorite things are good kerning, bona fide small caps, and a quality cup of coffee or tea.

Ashley McFarland

Ashley McFarland, Writing Assistant/Youth Program Coordinator

Ashley recently graduated with a Bachelors in Writing & Rhetoric from the University of Utah and is currently applying to graduate programs in creative non-fiction. After having volunteered here for a year, she loves having the opportunity to work at the CWC. Ashley also loves Diet Coke, meeting new people, naps, and her dogs Jasper and Charlie.

Arthur Packard, Outreach & Communications Coordinator

Arthur is a student at the University of Utah studying Writing and Rhetoric as well as Creative Writing. He is especially interested in the ways that new technologies change how we communicate and is passionate about making writing available and accessible to everyone. He firmly believes that everyone can write something they are proud of. Arthur writes science fiction and fantasy stories and the occasional poem or essay. Sometimes he makes zines. In his spare time he draws, plays board games, and collects found items.

Raymond Rivers

Raymond Rivers, Writing Assistant/Special Projects Coordinator

Raymond Rivers works at the Salt Lake Community Writing center as a writing assistant. He is also a published poet, writer, and artist who also has several years of experience as an online game organizer. He is currently enrolled as an aspiring game designer at SLCC and is interested in the psychology of language and communication.

Raymond Rivers

George Relyea, Writing Assistant/DiverCity Writing Series Coordinator

George is passionate about empowering members of local communities to feel that they have a voice, and that what they have to say matters. He believes that a healthy, democratic society depends on every community member feeling heard and considered. He is concerned with social justice and mobility, and plans to study psychology and writing so that he may spend his life helping people communicate and grow their passions.

Advisory Committee

Our Advisory Committee is comprised of active community members and/or professional writers and editors who advise the CWC on innovative ways to achieve its mission of supporting, motivating and educating people of all abilities and educational backgrounds who want to use writing for practical needs, civic engagement and personal expression.

Louis Borgenicht, Pediatrician and Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah

Clint Gardner, Program Manager of College Writing and Reading Centers, Salt Lake Community College

Anne Holman, Co-owner of King's English Bookshop

Brian Hutchinson, Director of Community Engagement, Volunteers of America

Lara Jones, RadioActive Executive Producer, Community Content Manager, KRCL

Lynn Kilpatrick, Associate Professor of English, Salt Lake Community College

Chris LeCluyse, Associate Professor of English and Writing Center Director at Westminster College

Martha Taylor, Community Connected Learning/Internship Coordinator, The Academy for Math, Engineering & Science (AMES)

Verónica Eileen Valdez, Associate Professor of Education, Culture & Society, University of Utah

Ken Verdoia, Senior Coordinating Producer, KUED; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Communication, University of Utah

John Wilkes, Writer