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Conference Faculty

If you have ever dreamed of studying with professional writers who are actively publishing and who know the world of contemporary literature, this is your chance. Our faculty are not only expert teachers but they are also successful authors and scholars who will introduce you to the exciting challenges of studying creative writing and literature at the college level.


Jehanne Dubrow was born in Italy and grew up in Yugoslavia, Zaire, Poland, Belgium, Austria, and the United States. She is the author of six poetry collections, including most recently Dots & Dashes (Southern Illinois University Press, 2017), winner of the Crab Orchard Series Open Competition Award, The Arranged Marriage (University of New Mexico Press, 2015), Red Army Red (Northwestern University Press, 2012),and Stateside (Northwestern University Press, 2010). She is a co-editor of the anthologies The Book of Scented Things: 100 Contemporary Poems about Perfume and Still Life with Poem: Contemporary Natures Mortes in Verse (Literary House Press, 2014 and 2016). Her poems, essays, and book reviews have appeared in The Southern ReviewNew England ReviewThe Hudson Review, Pleiades, and Virginia Quarterly Review. She is an Associate Professor of creative writing at the University of North Texas.


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H.G. Carrillo is the author of Loosing My Espanish, a novel. His short stories have appeared in Kenyon ReviewConjunctionsThe Iowa ReviewGlimmer TrainNinth LetterSlice and other journals and publications. He is the 2018 Writer in Residence for The Kratz Center for Creative Writing at Goucher College, and sits on the Executive Board of Directors of The PEN/Faulkner Foundation. 




Julie Marie Wade is the author of ten collections of poetry and prose, including Wishbone: A Memoir in Fractures, Small Fires, When I Was Straight, Catechism: A Love Story, and SIX. Her newest collections are Same-Sexy Marriage: Poems (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2018) and The Unrhymables: Collaborations in Prose (Noctuary Press, 2019), co-authored with Denise Duhamel. Wade teaches in the creative writing program at Florida International University and reviews regularly for Lambda Literary Review and The Rumpus. She is married to Angie Griffin and lives on Hollywood Beach.


Dr. Courtney Rydel


Courtney E. Rydel, proud Jersey girl, holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania (2012) and a BA in English with minors in Creative Writing and Classical Studies from TCNJ (2006).  She appeared in a documentary called “Deadly Journeys of the Apostles” that aired on the National Geographic channel as well as in thirty-eight countries. With ornithologist Jennie Carr, she created the #MedievalBirds project, bringing together biology and poetry. She is in the process of preparing her first monograph, Reading by Example: Women Saints from the Golden Legend and English Literary History, for publication.



Kimberly Quiogue Andrews is Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Washington College. A poet and literary critic, she is the author of the chapbook BETWEEN (Finishing Line Press, 2018) and is currently working on a scholarly book that explores the interplay between literary-analytical modes of thinking and experimental poetic practice in and around the age of professionalized creative writing programs. Her critical work has appeared in College English and Textual Practice and is forthcoming in New Literary History, and her poems and essays have been published in the Los Angeles Review of Books, ASAP/J, Poetry Northwest, Grist, The Recluse, BOMB, and West Branch, among others.


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Lexie Sumner is the Assistant Director of Admissions at Washington College and a member of the Class of 2015. She is elated to have you on the campus that she called home for four years. During her time at WC, she double majored in Business Management and Economics, minored in Ethnomusicology, studied abroad at University College Cork (Ireland), interned with The Walt Disney Company, and served on the Birthday Ball Planning Committee. She is a New Jersey native, recently adopted a five-year-old German Shepard/Husky mix named Lady, considers herself an expert in Fantasy Football (Go Giants!), and if she could only eat one food for the rest of her life it would be cheese.

Karly Oristian is an Admissions Counselor at Washington College. She works with students from Delaware, New York, and southern New Jersey. She graduated from Salisbury University with a degree in Communications: Journalism/Public Relations and a minor in Marketing Management. Even though she did not attend Washington College, the Eastern Shore is still near and dear to her heart because she grew up only 15 miles away! Other fun facts about her include her passion for sports and traveling the world. She has studied abroad in England, Wales, and Italy, and she played varsity basketball throughout her college career (she’s also lucky enough to be a Volunteer Assistant Coach for the WC Women’s Basketball team!). She’s thrilled to meet you and hopes one day you can call Chestertown home too. #GoShoremen!