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

 

The Writer's Center Staff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ed Spitzberg
Executive Director

An experienced nonprofit management and creative artist, Ed joins TWC after six years as Vice President of Development at Afterschool Alliance, an organization working to ensure that all children have access to affordable, quality afterschool programs. Previously, Ed was Executive Director of Sitar Arts Center, which, during his tenure, won the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, presented by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. At Sitar, He forged new artistic partnerships and nurtured existing relationships with DC’s premiere arts organizations, while managing day-to-day operations of the multifaceted arts facility. Sitar Arts Center’s programming includes writing classes in its library, and, like The Writer's Center, a small theater. In fact, Ed's background is rich with theater. He began his nonprofit career as Development Director at Arena Stage. Prior to his nonprofit career, Ed was successful in the corporate arena, working in product management for the Walt Disney Company and a digital entertainment startup as one of its first employees. Ed earned an M.BA. in entertainment management from UCLA and a B.A. in ethics, politics, and economics from Yale University. Email him.

 

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.

 

     

Ellie Tipton
Managing Editor of Poet Lore

Ellie joined the Writer’s Center in August 2016 after teaching writing at The University of Maryland for four years. Her poetry has appeared in Bennington Review, Best New Poets, Pleiades, Beltway and Drunken Boat among other places. She is the former Poetry Editor of So To Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art. She received assistantships and awards for her M.F.A. coursework from George Mason University studying epic poetry and experimental forms; as an undergraduate, she majored in English and Spanish at Texas State University where she translated Latin American poets. Outside of academia, she worked as an activist with The Public Interest Network fundraising for organizations such as The Human Rights Campaign and Environment America. Favorite poets? Oh… Bishop, Stein, Mallarmé, Lorca, and Jorie Graham. Email her if you have questions about Poet Lore .

 

     

Kristen Zory King
Development & Outreach Programs Manager

A New York native, Kris graduated summa cum laude from SUNY Fredonia in 2012 with a degree in French and English Literature. As an avid reader and writer, she is thrilled to be a part of the team at The Writer's Center and grateful to have spent her previous professional years working with literary institutions such as Writers & Books in Rochester, NY, The Writer's Block in Las Vegas, NV, and the Beloit Poetry Journal in Portland, ME. Some of her work can be found in The Inn House Review, Cactus Heart Press, Poetry Breakfast, and Lipstick Party Magazine. Email her with inquiries regarding fundraising, community programming, or membership.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 


 

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