Meet the Class!

Welcome everyone! I am Dr. Kaci O’Donnell, the professor for this course. I am so excited to work with students on this project and to spend a semester rhetorically analyzing true crime. I am confident that these students will create a fun and interactive blog that can reach the ever-growing population of true crime fans! Please subscribe below, and also follow the UTA Department of English on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook @utaenglish for featured stories about the department, university, and our students!

Hi all! My name is Noreen Flores, I am happy to be here and I look forward to reading everyone’s posts! I also hope you have as much fun reading our content, just as much as we did creating it! Fun fact: I am a triplet! When I am not doing school work or involved in any extracurricular activities like UTA soccer, I like spending time with family, friends, and my dogs!

Hi everyone! My name is Isabelle Odeh. I am very excited about this course and all that it has. I am a full time student, (hopefully graduating in the Spring!!) I love writing, reading, collecting cool vintage things and fun fact:I am a twin, sorta like Noreen! I am looking forward to seeing everyone’s posts.

Hello everyone! My name is Emma, and I am super excited to help create content for this blog.  I enjoy all things true crime be it podcasts, YouTube, or documentaries.  Some of my favorite podcasts to listen to are Crime Junkie and Morbid. I can’t wait to see everyone’s posts and thoughts.

Howdy, I’m Nick Watkins. I’m stoked to be enrolled in a course this semester that allows me to approach literature through different forms of media. I love to write, drink good coffee, enjoy cool weather, and love a good thrifting experience. I look forward to hearing everyone’s input!

Hey everyone! My name is Cheyenne Smith and I am absolutely infatuated with everything True Crime. I am a big activist within the community in terms of cold cases, active missing person cases and fighting for an equal and righteous justice system. Writing is a major passion of mine, along with baking, hiking and being at my job as a behavioral therapist. I graduate this may with my bachelor’s degree in English Literature and I am stoke to be apart of a course such as this one. I hope you enjoy keeping up with our work!

Hey y’all! My name is Lindsay and I am a Junior pursuing an English Teaching bachelor’s with a Creative Writing minor! Outside of school I love spending time with my friends and family, coaching volleyball and spoiling my adorable cat Niko. I’m so excited to use this space to combine two of my biggest passions: writing and true crime! I hope you enjoy following along with us this semester as we take a new approach to some well known cases!

Hello everyone! My name is Alexis Ellington and I love all things true crime! I am so excited to learn more about this side of english through the true crime lens. I love to write, travel, drink iced coffee, and being around my family and friends! I can not wait to hear what everyone has to say and hope this website makes us all proud!

What’s up everybody! My name is Hayden Gnat and I’m an English major with a creative writing minor. I enjoy pizza, pasta and dissecting the pros and cons of shark tank business proposals. I’m excited to see the kind of work the True Crime genre does! I hope everyone enjoys the effort we as a class make, while putting this wealth of knowledge & opinions together.

Hello, my name is Ahlam Atallah. I am an English major with secondary level certification and I am excited to explore and analyze the way true crime is both presented and consumed in mass media. I like to re-read books, re-watch The Office and send my friends TikToks they probably never watch. I hope this blog turns into something great!

Hi, my name is Jorge Linares, and I am an English Major. At first, I wasn’t truly invested in the True Crime genre. However, after recently listening to several podcasts during road trips and watching a few documentaries, I’m finally hooked! I am so excited to be a part of this blog, and I cannot wait to see all of the different conversations everyone will bring to the table!

Hey y’all! My name is Naia Williams and I’m an English major with a secondary education certification. My obsession with the True Crime genre began my freshman year of high school and since then it has really become one of my personality traits! Outside of school I enjoy shopping till I drop, reading YA novels, and spending time with the people I love. I’m so excited to be a part of this project and and I’m even more excited that you’re here to go on this journey with us! I hope you’re ready, because I know we are!

Happy Day Everyone! My name is Harleigh Thompson and I am majoring in English with a secondary education certification. True Crime has been a staple in my life for as long as I can remember. Growing up, my mother always watched the ID channel making it the background noise to most occasions in our household. Throughout the day, you can find me reading continuously or listening to music. My biggest personality flex is that I own two leopard geckos. I am excited to be a part of this journey and am happy to share the experience with you.

Hello everyone! My name is Joshua Kennedy and I am a Political Science major with a minor in Law & Legal Studies and English! The True Crime genre has always interested me ever since I knew I wanted to do law in my future, and I’m so excited to be apart of this blog and can’t wait to see what comes of it!

Hi everyone! I am the picture-less entity known as Elyn Porter. I’m an English major with a minor in Creative Writing. I am interested in how a narrative can change depending on the medium and target audience, specifically with True Crime. What interests me specifically about the genre is the psychology of the people involved. A little bit about me: I’m an artist, so when I’m not writing or reading, I’m drawing. I’m also an editor and co-writer for two indie web-series on YouTube!

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