Our tutors are professional experts in an array of fields, and have been selected to work closely and effectively with the students here at Mines.



Seth Brady Tucker is a poet and fiction writer originally from Lander, Wyoming.  He has degrees from the top-ranked Creative Writing Program (English) at the Florida State University (PhD, 2012), from Northern Arizona University (MA), and from San Francisco State University (BA).  Professor Tucker's first book won the 2011 Elixir Press Editor’s Poetry Prize (Mormon Boy), and was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award. His second book won the Gival Press Poetry Award (We Deserve the Gods We Ask For) and went on to win the Eric Hoffer Book Award in 2015. Recently, his fiction was a "Special Mention" for the Pushcart Prize, and he has won the Bevel Summers Fiction Prize from Shenandoah, the Flash Fiction Award from Literal Latte, the Lamar York Nonfiction Prize from the Chattahoochee Review, and the James Hearst Poetry Prize from the North American Review.  His poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, and essays have appeared widely.

He has led poetry and fiction workshops for graduate and undergraduate students alike, is also the founder and co-director of the Seaside Writers’ Conference (which takes place annually in May), and is currently a senior editor at the Tupelo Quarterly Review. Seth has worked as a wine sommelier, loves reading and writing in his spare time, and he was a paratrooper with the US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division and served in the Persian Gulf War, in another lifetime.




  Melanie Brandt received her MA in Humanities from CU Denver. For her thesis, she investigated the power of humor in forming identities and effecting political and social change. Her work necessitated multidisciplinary research and study thereby creating a platform for understanding the fundamental elements of learning and communication that can be applied to many academic disciplines. Melanie earned her bachelor's degree in Literature and graduated summa cum laude. She is interested in combining the humanities and STEM fields of study in innovative ways that bolster both. 
Melanie has taught a variety of writing, film, and literature classes, including the Design EPICS class at CSM since 2011.

Judy Griebling has been a consultant in the CSM Writing Center since 2008 and enjoys helping students of all levels express themselves in academic writing. She has taught English to refugees and foreign students at the Community College of Denver, Colorado Christian University, Interlink Language Center, Jefferson County Public Schools, and in community-based English programs. Judy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and international affairs and a Master of Arts in Education with an English as a Second Language emphasis from the University of Colorado.  She has a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with ESL emphasis from the University of Colorado at Denver, a BA in Economics/International Affairs from the University of Colorado, Boulder, along with many ESL teaching credentials earned over her long career.




Hank Lewis is the author of two collections of short stories, I Got Somebody in Staunton (HarperCollins, 2005), which was a finalist for the 2006 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and winner of a Black Causus of the American Library Association Literary Award; and In the Arms of our Elders (Carolina Wren, 1995), winner of the Sonja H. Stone Prize for Fiction.

His work has received a Literature Fellowship in Prose from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation Prize for Fiction, and a Special Award for New Writing from the Fellowship of Southern Writers.  His stories have appeared in many journals, including Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, Callaloo, and Blackbird, and have been reprinted in several anthologies, including Best American Short Stories 1996.

He received his MFA from the University of Virginia, where he studied with George Garrett and Rita Dove, and he has taught creative writing and literature at the University of Maryland, Colgate University, Centre College, Trinity College, Mary Washington College, and Denison University.  In addition to teaching, he has worked as a laborer, journeyman, dishwasher, museum security guard, delivery truck driver, record store clerk, jazz disc jockey, and a coach for the Bahamas National Soccer Teams.


Kathy has a PhD in Technical Communication, and has managed several editing projects at MSU Denver  for the department and school and completed her PhD dissertation in technical communication. Kathy has worked in industry as a technical communication specialist and a senior technical editor for Honeywell, working fact sheets, meeting proceedings, proposals, white papers, and a product catalog.  She is adept with Visio and Illustrator to convert AutoCAD drawing files for print production. Table design—an essential tool for communicating technical information—is one of her strenghts.




Michael has a B.A. in Mathematics/Computer Science and an M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction/TESL with additional graduate work in Creative Writing. He has taught ESL and English composition for 25+ years, both in the U.S. and the Middle East (Jordan, Egypt, UAE). At Mines, Michael teaches Nature and Human Values (since 2010) and serves as technical writing consultant for CBE summer field sessions.

Michael has worked as a journalist, newspaper editor, radio DJ, and archaeologist, and he is completing a novel set in Middle Kingdom Egypt. He enjoys ancient history, language, and travel (35+ countries and all 50 states).“I love anything to do with words, cultural expression, and writing of any kind,” Michael says. “The Writing Center is a good fit for me because I enjoy helping people realize the power of their words.”



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