Writing Center Staff
Robin Greene is Director of the Writing Center and Professor of English and Writing, and held the McLean Endowed Chair in English from 2013-2016. Greene has published two collections of poetry (Memories of Light and Lateral Drift), two editions of a nonfiction book (Real Birth: Women Share Their Stories) and a novel (Augustus: Narrative of a Slave Woman) about a woman who was a slave in Fayetteville. Greene has just completed a new novel, The Shelf Life of Fire, about a woman writer and her recovered memory. Greene is co-founder and editor of Longleaf Press, MU's literary press and co-founder of the Sandhills Dharma Group, a Buddhist sitting group. Additionally, she is one of the founders of the Veterans Writing Collective. She holds a M.A. in English from Binghamton University and a M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Art at Norwich University.
Carrah Royal, Assistant Director of Methodist University's Writing Center, earned a M.F.A. at Emerson College in Boston, MA in 2005. She was published in Our State magazine in November 2007 and October 2008 issues under the byline of Lee Royal. She had two poems published in Kakalak 2015, had one poem published in The Gathering, and will also have a poem published in Kakalak this fall. She also was a finalist in the Torch Creative Nonfiction prize this summer. Before coming to Methodist University, Carrah taught composition at a local community college and coordinated its writing lab. She also participates in a monthly writers' meeting with other local writers. In her free time, Carrah enjoys writing and spending time with her husband and son
Victoria Allen is a consultant in Methodist University's Writing Center. She has lived in the Fayetteville area since 1989, graduating from Pine Forest High School in 2000. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in English from Methodist University in 2003. Vicky is enrolled in East Carolina University's online graduate program, and is working on earning a master's degree in English with a concentration in technical and professional communication. Before returning to Methodist University, she worked as a copy editor and page designer for The Fayetteville Observer for more than seven years, and continues to work as a freelance editor. Vicky also has taught developmental reading and writing courses at a local community college. Vicky is an avid reader, and also enjoys writing and cooking, as well as spending time with her children, family, and friends.
Baylor Hicks is a writing consultant in addition to being the managing editor of the Monarch Review, Methodist’s journal of undergraduate research and art. Prior to arriving at MU, she practiced law for many years, in both North Carolina and the San Francisco Bay area. Notwithstanding the fact that she lived for close to 30 years in northern California (including three years at a Zen Buddhist retreat center), she is one of those rare creatures—a Fayetteville native. As a lawyer, she has worked in a various fields, ranging from civil litigation to tax planning, and for several years specialized in legal research and writing. A Buddhist and a meditator, she has a broad array of interests, including art and architecture, kayaking, qigong and yoga, and fixing up a modernist house created by her father, local architect Mason Hicks. She obtained her law degree at Stanford University and her bachelor's at Duke University, from which she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude.
Rebecca King is a writing consultant at Methodist University where she graduated, magna cum laude, in 2012 with a B.A. in Writing. She teaches the Dirty Dozen workshops and is also a founder and facilitator of the Veterans Writing Collective. She moved to the Carolinas from Maine in 2007, where she owned and operated a restaurant for many years, sold real estate, and started a furniture repurposing business. King continues to own her small business, Sage and Twine, and can often be found painting and working on furniture in her barn. However, she is also a writer and is currently working on her first novel.
Wilma Leinonen has very recently moved to Fayetteville from Kennebunk, Maine, and is delighted to join the Writing Center as a consultant. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English, magna cum laude, from Boston State College; a chef’s diploma from Creative Cuisine in Cambridge, Massachusetts; and her M.S.Ed., summa cum laude, from the University of Southern Maine. Wilma enjoyed working as a resource teacher in the public school system for more than twenty years, and she has taught education courses at a community college. Currently, Wilma is pleased to be able to volunteer at the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens and VA Medical Center. She treasures time with her family and friends, and she enjoys year round opportunities for outdoor photography in the warm North Carolina climate.
Alexandra Proulx is a Student Consultant in Methodist University's Writing Center. She is a junior at Methodist University with a double major in Justice Studies and Digital Forensics/Cybersecurity with a minor in Leadership Studies. Along with consulting students, Alexandra works as a research assistant under Dr. Eric See, the head of the Justice Department. She serves as President of Beta Sigma Phi and Vice President of the Cyber Forensics Club, as well as volunteers with Campus Ministry as a mentor for elementary students. Alexandra originally moved from Buffalo, New York, to Lincolnton, North Carolina, and misses Tim Horton's coffee the most. When she is not in the Davis Memorial Library, Alexandra can be found playing pool in Berns or cooking at the Beta Sigma Phi/Pi Kappa Alpha Greek house.
DeJah Young is a Student Consultant in Methodist University’s Writing Center. Currently in her third year at Methodist University, DeJah is a Biology major who is also minoring in English. In addition to her work in the Writing Center, DeJah works as a library assistant in Davis Memorial Library at Methodist University. Beginning this fall semester, DeJah is a staff member on the Methodist University’s publication Monarch Review. With an immense love and appreciation of the English and Spanish languages, DeJah passionately enjoys reading and writing. As DeJah continues to progress in her academic and professional career, she reflects on one of Maya Angelou’s most profound quotes: “All great achievements require time.”