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. 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.
Shannon Ward is the Interim Director of the Writing Center during the Fall 2018 semester, when Professor Greene is on sabbatical. She holds a B.A. from Methodist University and earned her M.F.A. in poetry from North Carolina State University in 2009. Since then, her work has received generous support from Yaddo, Norton Island, the Anderson Center, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, and the Willapa Bay Artist-in-Residence Program. Ward is author of the poetry chapbook, Blood Creek (Longleaf Press, 2013), and the recipient of the 2016 Foley Poetry Prize, the 2016 White Oak Kitchen Prize in Southern Poetry, and a 2013 Nazim Hikmet Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in many excellent journals, including Raleigh Review, Great River Review, Superstition Review, and Tar River Poetry.
Rebecca King is the Assistant Director of the Writing Center at Methodist University, where she graduated, magna cum laude, in 2012 with a B.A. in Writing. She teaches the Dirty Dozen workshops. 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.
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.
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. As a senior at Methodist, 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, and she 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.”