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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. 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 also serves as Public Relations Committee Chair on the Board of Directors of the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association. Vanessa 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 earned a B.A. in creative writing. She 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.

 

 

     

Bethany Rae Perryman

Development & Community Outreach Manager

Bethany is a nationally recognized advocate whose work has been featured in The Washingtonian, The Huffington Post, The Dallas Morning News, and many other outlets. A native of Texas, her poetry has been selected for publication in Waco Cultural Arts' Wordfest in 2016 and 2017. She brings years of nonprofit development, membership, and management experience, and has a love of working with special populations in the arts. Bethany studied philosophy and political science at Baylor University, and carries her practice of applied philosophy to all areas of her life. E-mail her with questions or for information regarding membership, volunteer opportunities, and fundraising or grants.

 

 

 

     

Rachel Shaw

Office Manager

Rachel joins us from the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, where she worked as a research assistant and writer for the institute's Justice Brandeis Law Project that aims to right wrongful convictions. Previously, she interned with the Citizenship Foundation, Round House Theatre, and Moment Magazine, a publication of the Center for Creative Change. Rachel earned her bachelor's degree in history with a minor in legal studies from Brandeis University. Email her if you have questions about workshop registration, refunds, or other customer service inquiries.

 

       

Jack Canavan

Community Relations Assistant

Jack is a recent graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, where he double-majored in English and government & politics. He has held internships with Democracy International and Representative Mike Thompson (D.C., 5th District). Jack was an active leader in service to the university, worked as a teacher's assistant for upper level English courses, and was a member of the Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society. He works at the reception desk Monday through Thursday evenings, 5 to 10 p.m. Email him if you need special accommodations in our classrooms during workshops and for other customer service needs during evening hours.

 

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