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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
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.

 

 

 

     

Laura Spencer
Director of Programs

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. Email her with questions or for information regarding membership, volunteer opportunities, and fundraising or grants.

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Iyana Moore
Marketing & Communications Manager

Iyana has developed a unique blend of corporate and agency experience as a communications professional. She uses her knowledge of graphic design, social media and communications best practices to create genuine and consistent brands. Most recently, Iyana was at Golin, a global integrated communications firm, handling the day-to-day public relations activities. Previously she worked at Thos. Somerville Co., taking their rebranding from concept design to completion. Iyana earned an M.A. in Organizational Communications with a focus in Public Affairs from Bowie State University and a B.S. in Business Communication from Stevenson University. As a D.C. native, she has a love for the local arts scene and has a commitment to elevating its presence through online communities. 

         
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Grace Mott
Front Desk Team

Grace moved to Washington D.C. from Germany where she spent two years writing and volunteering. She studied International Relations and French at the College of Charleston and is passionate about languages, poetry, and Russian literature. She is a member of the Pi Delta Phi National French Honors Society and an aspiring writer and poet. Email her if you have questions regarding workshop registration.

 

 

         
       

Jack Canavan

Front Desk Team

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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Anna Meleney
Front Desk Team

Anna is a graduate of York College of Pennsylvania, where she obtained a B.A. in Graphic Design. She has previously been an intern for The Writer's Center as a Graphic Designer, assisting the Marketing Director. She works at the reception desk on Saturdays. Email her if you need special accommodations in our classrooms during workshops and for other customer service needs during Saturday workshops and events.

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