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LaCoya Katoe Gessesse, MFA

Antioch University Los Angeles

LaCoya is a devoted member of the AULA community. She received her BA in English from Lake Forest College where she focused her studies on African American women writers. Since completing her MFA in Creative Writing, she has held a variety of instruction and support roles at AULA, as well as worked as a non-profit program coordinator, teaching artist, and curriculum developer.

Currently, she serves as Teaching Faculty for the Undergraduate Studies Department, an Academic Writing Mentor and Specialist, and the Independent Studies Coordinator. Her teaching covers a range of writing, business, and education classes, covering topics such as composition, language, research, literature, and creative writing, as well as workplace communications. LaCoya most enjoys helping AULA students from diverse backgrounds learn to navigate the higher education system.

Educational History

MFA in Creative Writing, Antioch University Los Angeles

BA in English w/minors in African American Literature & Communications, Lake Forest College

Lacoya Katoe-Gessesse

Teaching Faculty,

Undergraduate Studies


Courses Taught

Educational Foundations
The Art of the Personal Narrative
Writing & Responding: Creating a Critical Dialogue
Writing Critical Analysis
Voice & Style
Style & Argument
Academic Writing
Interpersonal Communication in the Workplace

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