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Bethesda Magazine's 2017 Best of Bethesda Editors' Pick for "Best Place for Literary Inspiration"

 

The Writer's Center Staff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Cummings
Interim Executive Director

Elizabeth Cummings has 30 years of experience working with small nonprofits in the area. Her background includes operations, program and project management, member services, marketing, communication and event planning. She has worked previously with The Eye Bank Association of America, The D.C. Hospital Association and the Financial Information Services Division for the Software & Information Industry Association. She also has extensive experience as a volunteer in the community, including stints as President of the Friends of the Library (Kensington Chapter) and with the Kensington Day of the Book Festival. Email her.

     

Sunil Freeman

Assistant Director

Sunil is the author of two books of poems, That Would Explain the Violinist and Surreal Freedom Blues. He was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, and has spent most of his life in the Washington, D.C. area. He has received a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council and has served, among other roles, as managing editor of Poet Lore during his 25-year stint at The Writer’s Center. His poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Gargoyle, Bogg, Abbey, Minimus, Wordwrights!, The Delaware Poetry Review, Beltway, Kiss the Sky: Poetry and Fiction Starring Jimi Hendrix, and on the Library of Congress podcast of The Poet and the Poem. Email him if you would like to submit an event proposal, or if you have questions about our other workshop locations.

 

 

     

 

Vanessa Mallory Kotz
Marketing & Publications Manager

Vanessa has more than 15 years of experience in the arts and publishing. She also serves as Public Relations Committee Chair on the Board of Directors of the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association. Prior to joining The Writer’s Center, she worked at Johns Hopkins University Press, Yale University Press, The Phillips Collection, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Her writing has appeared in Popular Photography, American Photo, On Tap magazine, Reflections: Ultra Short Personal Narratives, Goucher Quarterly, AmericanStyle, and Niche.  She holds a master’s degree in art history and a certificate in scholarly editing and publishing from Arizona State University. Email her if you would like to buy an ad or if you have press inquiries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Spencer
Program Manager

Laura is the co-founder and poetry editor of Big Lucks, a literary journal that strives to help bridge the gaps between writers in the literary community. A Massachusetts native, Laura graduated from Chester College of New England where she received a B.A. in creative writing. She then moved to Washington D.C. in 2009 and began working at The Writer's Center shortly after. Her work has appeared in Fifth Wednesday Journal, A cappella Zoo, The Stray Branch, Everyday Genius, and Device, among others. Email her with programming inquiries, or about teaching at The Writer's Center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Judson Battaglia
Office Manager

Judson graduated from Muhlenberg College in 2011 with a B.A. in Media and Communications and a minor in Creative Writing. While at Muhlenberg, he received a Certificate of Excellence in Poetry from the Creative Writing department and presented at the 2011 Social Research Social Justice Conference. Judson also played violin in Muhlenberg’s chamber orchestra and spent a semester of his junior year in Tokyo studying journalism at Temple University Japan. A native of Bethesda, Judson has worked with numerous production companies in the DC area, including Sirens Media, Team Sound and Vision, and Pixeldust Studios. Email him if you have questions about workshop registrations, refunds, rentals, or general inquiries about the Center.

 

 

     

 

James Ebersole

Evening and Weekend Receptionist

James Ebersole graduated from Edinburgh Napier University in 2015 with an MA in Creative Writing. His stories and poems have appeared in such places as Richmond Macabre, Broken Worlds, the HWA Poetry ShowcaseWerkloos, and Folk Horror Revival: Corpse Roads. He has previously worked at the Poe Museum in Richmond, VA. When taking an evening workshop, stop by the front desk, grab a cup of coffee, and say hello. Email him.

 

 

     

Tyler West
Evening and Weekend Receptionist

Tyler West is a digital media professional and researcher with more than five years of experience with social media, video production, and website CSM. He works with the Digital Diplomacy Coalition and is a former Fullbright Communications Officer. He holds a master's degree in global communication, international affairs communication and European and Eurasian Politics. His experience includes work and interest in digital diplomacy, transatlantic relations, U.S. foreign policy, cyber security, and E.U. public policy. Email him.

 

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