Meet Our Writing Coaches

Linden Crawford

Linden CrawfordLinden is from California, which she once heard someone refer to as "the land of fruits and nuts," a moniker she is pretty okay with.  Although reading and writing have always been close to her heart, she tended toward the sciences in college and almost signed on for a career in Engineering before changing her course at the last minute. She is now in her second year in the Creative Writing program and is thankful--and still a bit shocked--that she gets to talk about stories all the time and also gets to write them.  She likes swimming and is really good at Ping-Pong.

Maria Dominguez

Maria DominguezMaria Dominguez was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in English. She was a double major in literature and creative writing and is now pursuing her MA, focusing on American literature. She has presented literary criticism at the Coker College Undergraduate Humanities Conference and has had a poem published in Signet literary magazine. When she doesn't have her nose buried in a book, Maria likes to spend time with her two fur babies, whom she dragged down south with many a plaintive whine and yowl.

Tyler Gillespie

Tyler GillespieTyler Gillespie is the palest Floridian you will ever meet. He has written for Rolling Stone, Salon, The Daily Beast, National Public Radio (WWNO), and the Times-Picayune, among other places. Tyler is an associate nonfiction editor for Bayou. He loves outdated jokes, and he's always down for a karaoke night.


Tammy Hanson

Tammy HansonTammy is a native of central Wisconsin, where she received her B.A. in English and American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2014. Tired of the seemingly endless Wisconsin winters, she decided to pursue her M.A. degree in toasty New Orleans. In her spare time, Tammy likes to fly fish, cook, read, and play tennis.



David Stephens

David StephensDavid Stephens is a first-year graduate student seeking a Masters in English with an emphasis on American Literature. He recently graduated from Alabama State University in Montgomery, AL with a B.A. in English,  Academically, his focus is on black masculinity, gender and sexuality studies, as well as film studies. By contrast, his leisure activities are much less concise. His obsessions include (but are not limited to) Lady Gaga, Florence and the Machine, Orange is the New Black, V.E.E.P, left-handed people, and, most importantly, T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock." One thing many people don't know about him is that he is a secret nerd (shhh! Don't tell anyone!) On a normal Sunday night, you can catch him watching anime like Bleach, Attack on Titan, Naruto, and, most recently, Space Dandy. He also has an interest in creative writing. In his spare time, he writes short stories and hopes to be a published author one day. Aside from his main studies, he hopes to take in as much of New Orleans as possible, as well as build upon his Spanish and French.

Brock Thibodaux

Brock ThibodauxBrock is a South Louisiana native who grew up barefoot in the cane fields of Thibodaux. Contrary to popular rumor (mostly spread by him), he is not the prince of his hometown. Brock spent two years as a Chemistry major at Nicholls State University before finding a copy of Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being and starting an undergraduate degree in English from scratch. At UNO, Brock is beginning his second year in the M.A. program with a concentration in American Literature. His academic interests include novels, short stories, film, and philosophy. His non-academic interests are cats, coffee, whiskey, building/repairing things with his hands, and trying to stay in shape. He knows more Seinfeld dialogue by heart than he should.

John Wolfe

John Wolfe
John Wolfe graduated Magna cum Laude with a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Loyola University in Chicago, where tutoring in the Writing Center helped put him through school. He then taught high-school English in Honolulu for fifteen years, during which time he traveled to Tanzania for a year and taught at the Tanga International School. He received a Teaching Excellence and Achievement award, which allowed him to teach in Ghana for two weeks. He is currently working on his M.A. in American Literature here in his hometown of New Orleans and taking all the creative writing classes he can. When not reading and writing, John enjoys trying out all the latest fashions on the runway he constructed in his room and gossiping with his African Grey parrot about the latest philanthropic endeavors of the Kardashians.

Kia Groom

Kia GroomKia is probably 75% kangaroo. She arrived in New Orleans from Australia in July of 2012 and is excited to answer all your questions about dingoes and whether or not they eat babies. She earned her BA in Philosophy and Writing from Edith Cowan University in Western Australia and is now pursuing an MFA in poetry at UNO. She likes horror movies, cats, and reading the graffiti on bathroom walls.  You can read some of her creative whatnot at