Margaret Meleney

Margaret Meleney
Executive Director

Margaret is a senior executive with extensive experience in strategic planning, operations, investment, budgeting, annual auditing, and financial analysis. She has managed six entities with operating budgets of over $15 million and, since 1996, has been the Chief Financial Officer of Club Managers Association of America, where she has implemented cost-savings and reallocation strategies to improve overall financial health of the organization. She has also volunteered on a number of nonprofit committees. Contact her at margaret.meleney@writer.org.

Laura Spencer

Laura Spencer
Director of Programs

Laura is responsible for the development and production of over 300 workshops annually, and is copy editor of the tri-annual publication The Writer’s Guide. She has worked at the Center for nine years, starting as a Night Receptionist and moving on to Office Manager and Program Manager. Laura is co-founder of the literary journal Big Lucks, and her poetry and photography have been published in A capella Zoo, Everyday Genius, Third Wednesday, and elsewhere. A Massachusetts native, Laura graduated from Chester College of New England where she earned a B.A. in creative writing. Contact her at laura.spencer@writer.org about teaching at The Writer’s Center.

Amy Freeman

Amy Freeman
Development Director

An attorney by training, Amy left the law to pursue a career in the nonprofit world. She’s worked with both international and local organizations, helping them share their stories and build strong local constituencies. She comes to TWC following nearly five years as Development Director of Bethesda Cares, a local nonprofit working to end homelessness. When not at TWC, Amy’s a freelance writer, with essays in major publications and a manuscript nearing completion. You can reach Amy at amy.freeman@writer.org with questions or comments about ways you can support TWC.

Zach Powers

Zach Powers
Director of Communications

Zach is a native of Savannah, Georgia, and lives and writes in Arlington, Virginia. His novel, First Cosmic Velocity, is coming in Summer 2019 from Putnam/Penguin, and his debut story collection, Gravity Changes, won the BOA Short Fiction Prize and was published in 2017. He has previous experience in digital media, video production, branding, design, and nonprofit administration. He worked in television for a decade, winning four regional Emmy awards as a producer, writer, and editor. He managed digital communications for Telfair Museums, the oldest public art museum in the South. He has also volunteered for numerous nonprofits, serving on the Board of Directors for the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home and co-founding the literary arts organization Seersucker Live, Inc. Contact him at zach.powers@writer.org for advertising and marketing inquires.

Grace Mott

Grace Mott
Office Manager

Grace moved to Washington D.C. from Germany where she spent two years writing and volunteering. She earned her B.A. degrees in International Relations and French & Francophone Studies at the College of Charleston, and is passionate about languages, poetry, and Russian literature. She is an editorial assistant for Poet Lore, a member of the Pi Delta Phi National French Honors Society, and an aspiring writer and poet. Contact her at grace.mott@writer.org if you have questions regarding workshop registration, rentals, or general inquiries.

Emily Holland

Emily Holland
Managing Editor, Poet Lore

Emily is a poet and graduate of The George Washington University, where she received a BA in Creative Writing and English. Her poems have been nominated for Best of the Net and two Pushcart Prizes. Her debut chapbook of poems, Lineage, is slated for release this August from dancing girl press. She’s previously worked as the culture editor for The GW Hatchet, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of a startup literary magazine, and a contributing writer for Brightest Young Things. She started her journey at The Writer’s Center as an intern with Poet Lore while working full-time at a coffee shop and is excited to continue the legacy of the oldest poetry journal in the country. Contact her at emily.holland@writer.org for any questions regarding Poet Lore.

Brandon Johnson

Brandon Johnson
Front Desk Team

Brandon is a recent graduate from the University of Maryland College Park with his Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction and Bachelor’s in French Culture and Language. Brandon is a middle school French teacher and an aspiring writer with a keen interest in poetry. He was a poetry editor for Stylus, the literary journal at the University of Maryland College Park, and has taught creative writing to children both in the United States and abroad in Mauritius.

Tessa Wild

Henry M.D.R.
Front Desk Team

South American born, US/UK educated, Henry is a social researcher, a fiction and creative non-fiction writer, and fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.  He is a public relations veteran, creating magnetic, distinctive brand identities and building relationships for organizations and individuals. A multi-local globalized citizen. Get in touch with Henry if you are in need of innovative, thought provoking content.

Sankara Olama-Yai
Front Desk Team

Sankara Olama-Yai is a poet and writer based near Washington D.C. Their first poetry book Ebony Wings was published early 2019, and they work as part of Frontier Poetry‘s Staff. Currently they are pursuing a degree in International Relations at American University.