Meet the Tutors

 kathyProfessor Kathy Swanson
Dr. Kathy Swanson created the Writing Lab at Augsburg University. She is in charge of all lab operations and tutor training. Dr. Swanson teaches courses in writing and literature; her specific interests and research center around gender and language, composition theory and practice, and women writers of detective fiction. A former Peace Corps volunteer teacher in Thailand, Kathy Swanson speaks Thai and has taught a course for Augsburg students in Thailand every other May for ten years. She is very proud of the tutors and the service to Augsburg students (averaging over 2,500 sessions each year) they provide.
Gabriel Benson is a junior English and Communication Studies major. He is the Copy Editor of The Echo, the Associate Editor of the Murphy Square, and the Managing Editor of the Honors Review. In his free time, he enjoys reading in the library or exploring the many bookshops in the Twin Cities.
Julia Charron
Julia Charron

Julia Charron is a junior at Augsburg. She is an English major and Theater minor. She spends her free time eating ice cream and crying during movies. Julia also loves being in nature, drinking copious amounts of coffee, and playing tug-of-war with her dog.

Anne Liners
Anne Liners

Anne Liners is a second year student from Milwaukee, WI majoring in Secondary Education (Communication Arts and Literature) with a minor in Linguistics. Anne is passionate about words, languages, and the way we communicate. She is also deeply devoted to lipstick, tea, and Harry Potter references. Anne enjoys reading, writing, cooking (although she’s terrible at it), talking through movies, and taking selfies.

Demery Little
Demery Little

Demery Little is a second year History and Clinical Psychology student from small town Minnesota. She is a lover of music, drama, the great outdoors, and all things cute and fuzzy. She enjoys hiking, cooking, hanging out with friends, and watching entire series in one sitting.

Laurel Mikkelson
Laurel Mikkelson

Laurel Mikkelson is a third year Music Therapy major and lover of ice cream, animals, and people. In the little free time that she has, she enjoys singing, nannying, spending time with friends and family, and snuggling up with pets.

Collins Nesbit
Collins Nesbit

Collins Nesbit is a senior at Augsburg and a double major of Comm. Arts/Lit and Secondary Education. She has dreams to teach English abroad after graduation, as she loves working with adolescents and learning about new cultures. In her free time, she enjoys going to folk and rap shows, getting pho from Quang’s, and drinking too much caffeine with friends.

Evan Peterson
Evan Peterson

Evan Peterson is a senior studying Theater Arts with concentrations in direction, dramaturgy, and playwriting with minors in English Writing and English Language, Literature, and Theory. His interests include space, climate change, public policy, Australia (the continent, not the Nicole Kidman movie), and the ever-changing landscape of new play development.

Mitch Ross
Mitch Ross

Mitch Ross is a senior studying Theater and Creative Writing, and is looking forward to his final year working in the writing lab. Mitch is extremely grateful for his time spent as a writing tutor which has offered him the unique opportunity to deepen his own understanding of the craft of writing through helping others deepen their own understanding and helping them reach their full writing potential.

Anders Sateren
Anders Sateren

Anders Sateren is in his junior year at Augsburg University and is currently majoring in Creative Writing and New Media. In his free time, he enjoys eating copious amounts of “Ben & Jerry’s” ice cream and not exercising.

Eve Taft
Eve Taft

Eve Taft is a senior Creative Writing/Lit major. She loves the beat poets, James Joyce, and Sherman Alexie. When not reading or writing, she can be found wandering the city. Postmodernism makes her despair.

Matt Peckham
Matt Peckham

Matt Peckham is a senior majoring in English (Literature, Language, and Theory), and minoring in Political Science (Pre-Law), in Environmental Studies, and in English (Creative Writing). His interests include playing the guitar, visiting lakes, and eating sauerkraut.