Meet the Tutors

Adrian Cepeda

my Poet photoGreetings and Salutations Antochian Students, As a fellow writer, my goal as a writing consultant echoes Walter Benjamin’s famous saying, “Work on a good piece of writing proceeds on three levels: a musical one, where it is composed; an architectural one, where it is constructed; and finally, a textile one, where it is woven.” My job as your tutor in the Antioch Teaching and Learning Center is to take the musical construction you have crafted and be the guide that weaves your creation into life on the page. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Texas in San Antonio and I just received my MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University in Los Angeles. I have also taught an Inspiration2Publication poetry course at AULA. In addition, I have had over a hundred poems, essays and creative non-fiction pieces that have been published in such publications as the new Tia Chucha Press anthology: Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts in Los Angeles, the non-fiction anthology Everything I Need to Know About Love I Learned from Pop Songs, Popmatters, The Lake Poetry, Edgar Allen Poet Journal # 2, Fukushima Poetry Anthology, The Syzygy Poetry Journal, Luna Luna Magazine’s Latino Poetry Project, First Literary Review-East, Love Poetry Lovers, The Fem, Journal of Artistic Creation and Literary Research , Silver Birch Press, Transcendence Magazine, The Yellow Chair Review, Ekphrastic California, Poetry and Art for Social Justice, Subterranean Blue Poetry's The Children of Orpheus Anthology and Angel City Review. For those of you who are apprehensive about visiting the Antioch Teaching and Learning Center, remember we writing specialists are here ready to guide, assist and help you. Just follow the advice Hugh Laurie gave which reflects the mindset of some hesitant writers: “It's a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you're ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Now is as good a time as any.” Email Adrian Cepeda

Andrea Tate

Greetings Antiochans, Andrea TateI also come from the land of Antioch where I received my BA in Liberal Arts from the lovely Santa Barbara campus, and my MFA in Creative Writing from our home base in Culver City. Yes, I do have fond memories of the MFA writing residency where I ate the Chicken Feta Wrap from Trimana for ten days straight, twice a year, for almost three years—I’m a serious creature of habit. I am also an adjunct professor at AUSB, so I'm very familiar with what a professor expects from your writing. Professors are also creatures of habit—we like good writing. If you send me your work ahead of time, I would be ever so grateful not to have sit there and read ten, or more pages while you’re stuck staring at me, or the wall. It also saves us precious time. We only have 45 minutes together! In addition to an AUSB adjunct professor, I teach online for My essays have appeared in the Huffington Post, Role/Reboot, A Daily Dose of Lit, Bleed, and Nailed Magazine, and my story “You” was published in the anthology Extract(s). One more thing you should know about me, I am a theatre and entertainment professional. I direct drama, comedy, and big musicals. At heart, I’m someone who loves getting to know people and their stories. Email Andrea Tate 

Gina Loring

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I enjoy long walks on the beach, herbal tea, political rhetoric and...

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I am a poet, an activist, and a vocalist/songwriter. I enjoy tutoring because I like to help people find their voice and effectively unfold it on the page.

As guest poet of the American Embassy, I have traveled to Kuwait, Russia, West Africa, Denmark, Turkey, Greece, Ireland, England, and Tunisia, performing and teaching writing workshops. I have a BA in English from Spelman College, and an MFA in Creative Writing from AULA. I was a writer-in-residence at Hedgebrook (super dope writing residency for women), and I am a volunteer creative writing teacher with InsideOut Writers, working with incarcerated teens. My work has been featured on two seasons of HBO's "Def Poetry," BET's "Lyric Cafe," and TVOne’s "Verses and Flow," as well as on De La Soul's album “Are You In?” and The Brand New Heavies album “We Won't Stop.”

I believe we are all writers because we all have something to say. My job is to help you empower yourself through writing – whether it’s an academic paper or a creative writing assignment. I hope to help smooth-out, clean-up, edit, dig, color, create, inspire, and have fun along the way. No worries. Let's just get it done. My goal as a writing tutor is to help you hone in on your own brilliance. Bam!

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LaCoya Katoe Gessesse

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So here’s the story:

As an undergraduate business major (boring), my favorite English professor asked me a single, life-changing question—“Why aren’t you majoring in something you love?” The question was instantly freeing, and the rest is history (cliché).

I knew I loved words on the page and the task of arranging them to engage readers, so I majored in English literature at Lake Forest College, received my MFA in Creative Writing from AULA, and have managed to rack up (idiom) about 10 years working experience as a teaching artist, a teacher, an educational curriculum developer (fancy), an editor for anthologies, etc. (There have been plenty of writing-related jobs, people. Feel free to inquire.)

This is all good news for you, because it means that you can bring just about anything my way. I like assisting students with all stages of their writing, and consider myself particularly swift at helping you brainstorm and outline, before you even begin writing. But no worries, feel free to bring me completed papers, papers-in-progress, outlines, or plain ole technical questions about commas and clauses, and subject-verb agreement (Oh my). Either way, we’ll work together, sentence-by-sentence, to make sure you’re creating something that addresses the requirements of your assignment, as well as something that will make you feel proud of your own words on the page.

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Neil Fasching

NeilStarting as a little tot, my passion for writing has continuously grown. I am an academic writer by training, but a creative writer at heart.  From a thesis on the effects of humanitarian aid on the violence of civil wars to numerous short stories, I am always striving to find new and exciting ways to put thoughts, feelings, and ideas into words. If there’s one thing I could do all day long, it’s tapping away on my keyboard till the wee hours of the morning.

I have been a writing tutor for several years, working for two universities and a boutique tutoring company. I have formal tutor training in academic writing, creative writing, and English-as-a-second language. I find nothing compares to helping one find their voice and express the story boiling up within them. At any point of the writing process for any style of writing, I will do my absolute best to help you outline, organize, edit, deconstruct, reconstruct and polish your paper or story. From big-picture stuff to the nitty-gritty, I am here to help.

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Robert Morgan Fisher

RobertFellow Antiochans,

As a Writing Specialist in the Antioch Teaching and Learning Center, my goal is to eliminate stress and empower you--all within 45 minutes.

Every student has different strengths and challenges; English may not be their first language, or they may have other issues when it comes to writing. I'm here to help you feel safe and satisfied. There's a reason you were accepted into your particular program, so have no fear.

My fiction has appeared in The Missouri Review Soundbooth Podcast, 0-Dark-Thirty, The Huffington Post, Psychopomp, Golden Walkman Magazine, The Spry Literary Journal, 34th Parallel, The Snake Nation Review, The Seattle Review, Spindrift, Bluerailroad and other publications. I've written extensively for TV, radio and film. I hold an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University, where I also work as a Book Coach, Course Developer and Instructor for Antioch’s online Inspiration2Publication Program. I also have a B.S. in Radio, TV & Film from The University of Texas at Austin.

I often write companion songs to my short stories. Both my music and fiction have won many awards. I also voice audiobooks. You can learn more about me from my website as well as on Linked In.

I look forward to working with you. Email Robert Morgan Fisher

Bob Thomas

I am one of the Antioch University Math Tutors.  I specialize in working with students on basic math skills, as well as basic computer skills (both PC and Mac).  I also tutor students in the BA Statistics classes.

I have worked with many students who have had bad experiences with math and math teachers in the past.  Through our sessions, my students discover ways to approach math that are empowering and even fun. I love seeing the look on a student’s face when they discover they actually enjoy working through their math exercises.

One reason for my interest in math is based on my passion for juggling.  I have been juggling as a hobby since 1981 and the skill of juggling actual objects in space is very similar to juggling mathematical ideas.

I look forward to working with you as we discover the joy of math.

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