Dr. Marilee Brooks-Gillies, Director

"Writing is not only about learning to adapt, socially and rhetorically, to various situations via genres. Writing is not simply something we do somewhere; it is something that we are--not a tool, really, but a way of being in the world in a particular time and place in relation to others within them." - Anis Bawarshi, "The Ecology of Genre" (78)

 Lydia Mulligan

"Our truest response to the irrationality of the world is to paint or sing or write, for only in such response do we find truth." - Madeleine L'Engle


Megelyn Shumway 

"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." - Albert Einstein

Sarah Costantino

"To read makes our speaking English good." - Xander Harris, Buffy the Vampire Slayer


Aimee Morgado

"My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors." - Maya Angelou

"When you take the high road, it's hard not to lean over and spit." - Aimee

Cory Carlton

"I write to find out what I'm writing, and once I get the sense of that, the hard work begins.  It's like driving a car at night, when you can't see beyond the headlights but somehow we get through the night."  - E.L. Doctorow

 Christina Hartmann

"Was I sleeping, while the others suffered? Am I sleeping now? Tomorrow, when I wake, or think I do, what shall I say of today?" - Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot

Scott Friedline

"As you breathe in, cherish yourself. As you breathe out, cherish all Beings." - The Dalai Lama



 Mary Carmack

"Perhaps they were right putting love into books. Perhaps it could not live anywhere else." - William Faulkner, Light in August

 Jacie Nelson

"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all." - Oscar Wilde

Ashley Owen

"I've been silent so long now it's gonna roar out of me like floodwaters." - Chief Bromden, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Ethan Everhart

"Eventually, we will all have spoken forgotten, dead languages." - John Caputo

 Chris Bacavis

"Don't you love the Oxford Dictionary? When I first read it, I thought it was a really really long poem about everything." - David Bowie

John Parker

"We are unusual and tragic and alive." - Dave Eggers

Zack Messenger

"This is the real secret of life--to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.​" - Alan Watts

Brian McFadden

"I was not proud of what I had learned but I never doubted that it was worth knowing." - Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary

Megan Robinder

"You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children." - Madeleine L'Engle 

Jennifer Fleming

"Success is when I add value to myself. Significance is when I add value to others." - John Maxwell

Emily Miller

"Ambition is the willingness to kill the things you love and eat them in order to stay alive." - 30 Rock

"Writing is magic, as much the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink. Drink and be filled up."​ - Stephen King

Makaela Worden

"When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down 'happy'. They told me I didn't understand the assignment, and I told them they didn't understand life." - John Lennon

"Life is short, so smile while you still have teeth!" - Unknown


Sarah Hook

"Reality is only a Rorschach ink-blot, you know." - Alan Watts