Meet Our Writing Coaches

Carol Eshleman

Carol EshlemanCarol Eshleman is a second-year graduate student pursuing her M.A. in English with a concentration in teaching. Carol is a certifiable Harry Potter fanatic. Her research on the series has been presented at conferences at the University of North Alabama, the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and the Ascendio conference in Orlando. To further uphold her First Class Official Nerd status, she gets the biggest kick out of studying Middle English and Latin and regularly subjects her friends to over-ecstatic geek-outs about the intricacies of antiquated grammar. Carol and her husband Roch have two children, Vito and Lizzie, who are fully aware of their home's most important rule: "Don't play with Mommy's good wands."

Chinh Ngo

Chinh NgoChinh grew up in Minnesota, where the bulk of his childhood consisted of playing Pokemon and watching professional wrestling. He received a B.A. in English and History from the University of Vermont. After graduation, he spent a summer in Flagstaff, Arizona handing out samples at a bulk retail store and watching wildfires from his porch. Chinh moved to New Orleans shortly afterward and has lived in her sweltering bosom for three years now. He loves it here though he wishes folks would stop stealing his bicycles. In his free time, he likes to read, write, and partake in food and libations with one or more persons. He is also interested in.: literary fiction, genre fiction, fiction that defies and/or melds literary and genre fiction, whiskey, role-playing games, the pressure we exert on each other, Pokemon (still), noir in general, and One Direction in particular.

Christian Coleman

Christian ColemanChristian Coleman is from a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama, where nothing stays open past 9:00PM and the stoplights turn off at 10:00. He has a B.A. in Film from the University of Alabama. After college, he spent a year working at a bookstore and a library. Now he's pursuing an MFA in poetry. He can identify each Green Lantern based on subtle costume differences and every Crimson Tide football coach based on head-wear choices.

Daliah El-Shafei

Daliah El-ShafeiDahlia El-Shafei believes in rock n' roll and applies its founding principles to writing. She believes writing is a rhythm, a song. It's a synthesis of everything that came before that requires you to create a new path and most importantly, to do-it-yourself. She has been writing for over a decade since she was a Writing, Literature and Publishing major at Emerson College in Boston and has published in Bayou Magazine and several other periodicals. It is from her years in service that she encountered her greatest teachers for whom she is deeply grateful: children, prisoners, and the general public. 

Elizabeth Lynch

Elizabeth LynchElizabeth is a New Orleans native who graduated Summa Cum Laude from both Dominican High School in 2009 and the University of Dallas in 2013. She was an English major with a Business concentration, and she participated in extremely nerdy societies like Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Tau Delta (the English Honor Society).  Elizabeth likes reading poetry, singing, going to zoos and parks, photographing flowers, drinking coffee with a lot of chocolate in it, and telling corny jokes. She spent a semester in Rome during spring of 2011, and she enjoys learning about Italian and European culture.

Erin Wylie

Grace GallaherErin Wylie grew up in Cottonwood, Arizona, where she spent most of her free time reading books. She went to college at Colorado State University to try out that whole "winter" concept. She got her BS in Biomedical Sciences, with a minor in English, and volunteered at the Rocky Mountain Raptor Center, where she helped to rehabilitate vicious carnivorous birds. Eventually, in between bouts of frenzied reading, cleaning up bird poop, and studying hideous diseases, she decided that her vastly disorganized brain was more suited to writing than doctoring. She is now pursuing her MFA in fiction at University of New Orleans, where she hears they have something called "humidity."

Grace Gallaher

Grace GallaherGrace Gallaher earned her BA in English at the University of Dallas after she completed a variety of tasks there, such as studying the works of William Butler Yeats for a semester, seriously contemplating Beauty, and then railing against society's tribal mentality in the form of her senior thesis on Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence. Grace usually occupies herself by going on adventures and learning new things. 

Patrice Loar

Patrice LoarPatrice Loar is a native of St. Bernard, Louisiana (and barely minds when most people have no idea where it is). She earned her BA in English from The University of New Orleans and is currently pursuing her MA, but hasn't yet decided what her concentration will be. In her free time, she enjoys trying to complete one of the many craft projects in her "work in progress" pile and writing science fiction and fantasy stories. No one should worry if she's seen muttering over some sticks and a ball of yarn, as she's probably just lost her place in her knitting, and not her mind—yet.

Phyllis Dunham

Phyllis DunhamPhyllis Dunham graduated from Sul Ross State University with a BA in English. She is working on an MFA in Creative Writing/Creative Nonfiction at UNO. Her work has been published in Cenzio Journal, Big Bend Sentinel, and West Texas Weekly.