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Writing Center Coordinators

Desiree Evans

Desiree holds a graduate degree in English Literature from Fordham University and is currently working on her doctorate in English Education at Columbia University.. She is a passionate advocate of gender equality and spends a fair amount of time researching international cultures and the global progress of women. Ultimately, she wishes to teach Literature to college students. Owing to her many talents – especially those related to song and dance – Desiree also dreams of being on Broadway.



Writing Center Managers

Bryant Contreras

Above all else Bryant is a problem solver. He is constantly learning in order to help others reach their true potential and fulfill their dreams. His favorite book is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory because it is about a boy’s dreams coming true.


Ibrahim Alhashidi

Ibrahim hopes to serve his community by becoming a lawyer and a professor. Though Ibrahim is both a writer and a traveler, above all else he is an adventurer. Perhaps this is why his favorite book is The Count of Monte Christo. He enjoys talking about Global History, Politics, the evolution of languages, writing and poetry. One day, he will write about his experiences as an immigrant.


Writing Center Tutors




Edmund Zeresha

Zeresha is currently studying to be a dental hygienist. Over the past five years, she has worked in several libraries and archives including those at Hostos Community College, Hamilton College, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and Story Corps. Zeresha hopes to continue supporting the creation and activities of community-based archives, particularly amongst groups who have historically had less control in shaping their own narratives. She is very enthusiastic about her two favorite authors, Zadie Smith and Jonathan Coe, who she will gush over if given the chance.

Gabe Levine-Justicia 

Gabe received his B.A. in Psychology at CUNY Lehman College and will go on to get a Master’s Degree in either Social Work or Forensic Psychology. He played baseball in college and enjoys playing his keyboard and guitar as well as spending time with his family and binge watching the Discovery, History and National Geographic channels. He also enjoys watching baseball and staying in shape.

Sarah Key

Sarah Key is a writer who likes slipping in and out of different genres from cookbooks to essays to poems to short fiction. Eight of her cookbooks have been published, six in a series of movie-themed cookbooks called The Hollywood Hotplates and two for the ice cream parlor Serendipity. Currently, she has eight essays on the Huffington Post ( and over twenty poems in print and online publications such as Poet Lore, Enizagam, Prelude, and one in a new anthology called My Cruel Invention

Mabel Marte-Taveras

Mabel is studying to be a doctor, but one day hopes to write fictional novels and own a bookstore. Mabel is particularly good at writing about Science topics. In her free time (of which there is not much), she enjoys researching historical buildings, especially ones with Gothic architecture. She is also fascinated with the idea of living forever and would like to write a paper titled “The Next Step of Human Evolution: Immortality?”

Kevan Nieratka

Kevan has loved working for the Writing Center for over five years. He greatly appreciates the hardworking, motivated students that Hostos has exposed him to. He is a graduate of Lehman College and is very active in the NYC nightlife.

JC Perez

A philosopher at heart, JC has a keen interest in travelling the world. Ever resourceful, JC excels at solving students’ writerly problems. Despite his keen interest in poker and general fun, JC spends a large amount of his time researching ethical questions on student debt and government responsibility, amongst other topics.  

Denise Reynoso

Denise graduated with an A.A degree in Liberal Arts from Hostos Community College. Over the course of her undergraduate career, Denise has been fortunate enough to surround herself with the support system necessary to explore her initial interest in the medical field. In doing so, her biggest accomplishment has been finding the courage to embrace what has always been her true passion: Multiethnic Literature. She is currently completing her B.A. in English and Spanish Literature at Hunter College. The dreaded question “What are you going to do with that [major]?!” has been a source of anxiety that nearly derailed her, but Denise has happily thrown away her lab coats, donated her lab goggles, and uses surgical gloves only for spring cleaning and applying hair dye; she has never looked back. Upon graduating, she aspires to work as an educator and social activist.

Evelyn Sierra

Evelyn is currently studying to be a nurse practitioner and hopes to open up a free pediatric clinic/s for under-served community/ies. Evelyn is an excellent writer with sharp reading and comprehension skills. The last book she read was Polio: An American Story.