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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.

Sandra Beasley, by Milly West SANDRA BEASLEY: POETRY

Sandra Beasley is the author of Count the Waves; I Was the Jukebox, winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize; and Theories of Falling, winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize. She edited Vinegar and Char: Verse from the Southern Foodways Alliance. She is also the author of Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life, a disability memoir and a cultural history of food allergy. Honors for Beasley’s work include a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, the Munster Literature Centre’s John Montague International Poetry Fellowship, and visiting writer residencies at Wichita State University, Cornell College, Lenoir-Rhyne University, and the University of Mississippi. She lives in Washington, D.C., and teaches as part of the University of Tampa’s low-residency MFA program.



Rahul Mehta is the author of the short story collection Quarantine (HarperPerennial, 2011), which won the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Debut Fiction and the Asian American Literary Award for Fiction, and the novel No Other World (Harper, 2017), which was named one of Booklist’s top ten debut novels of the year. His fiction and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times Magazine, the Kenyon Review, the Sun, Noon, the Massachusetts Review, and the International Herald Tribune. In 2011 he was named to Outmagazine’s “Out 100” list of inspiring LGBTQ+ individuals. Born and raised in West Virginia in an Indian immigrant family, he now lives in Philadelphia where he teaches creative writing at the University of the Arts. 



Randon Billings Noble is an essayist. Her collection Be with Me Always was published by the University of Nebraska Press in March 2019, and her lyric essay chapbook Devotional was published by Red Bird in 2017. Other work has appeared in the Modern Love column of The New York Times, The Rumpus, Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, and elsewhere. She has taught at American University; led writing workshops at Politics and Prose, the Writer’s Center, and the Washington National Cathedral; and has presented at conferences like HippoCamp, NonfictioNOW, and AWP. Currently she is the founding editor of After the Art. You can read more at www.randonbillingsnoble.com.


Kimberly Quiogue Andrews


Kimberly Quiogue Andrews is a poet and literary critic. She is also the author of A Brief History of Fruit (University of Akron Press, 2018), winner of the 2018 Akron Poetry Prize, as well as BETWEEN, which won the 2017 New Women’s Voices prize from Finishing Line Press. Recent creative work has appeared in Grist, The Recluse, The Shallow Ends, The Arkansas International, Poetry Northwest, Underblong, and other venues. As a critic, Professor Andrews’s primary interests include contemporary literature, the history of tertiary education in the United States, and labor studies. Her current critical book project examines the links between the rise of various disciplinary formations in the humanities (creative writing, literary theory, gender and ethnic studies, and others) and the aesthetics and methodologies of late 20th- and early 21st-century American experimental poetry. Her scholarly work appears or is forthcoming in a range of journalsand she is also the recipient of the Ralph Cohen Prize for scholarship from New Literary History for her essay “Trade Secrets: Poetry in the Teaching Machine.” Professor Andrews’s additional teaching interests include science fiction, food studies, critical race theory, and Moby-Dick. She lives in Chestertown with a large cat named Sweep. 



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.



Kelly Valette

Kelly Valette serves as an Admissions Counselor at Washington College. She works with families from Maryland (Anne Arundel and Howard Counties) and the Southeast. She graduated from WC in 2018 with a major in Human Development and a minor in Sociology. She was a member of the Men’s Rowing Team, an Admissions Fellow, and participated in the Caring for Kids and Relay for Life clubs. She is also fortunate enough to be a Volunteer Assistant Coach for the Men’s Rowing team now. Kelly grew up in upstate New York on the Mohawk River and then moved to Northern Virginia, where she attended high school. She knew WC was the perfect fit for her because the proximity to the Chester River made it feel like home. Kelly found her passion for guiding prospective students through the admissions process during her time as a fellow in the admissions office. She is excited to meet you and hopes one day you can call WC your home too!