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Literary House

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.


Matthew Olzmann is the author of two collections of poems, Mezzanines, which was selected for the Kundiman Prize, and Contradictions in the Design, both from Alice James Books.  He’s been awarded fellowships from Kundiman, the Kresge Arts Foundation, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the MacDowell Colony. His writing has appeared in Best American Poetry, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Brevity and elsewhere. Currently, he teaches at Dartmouth College and also in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.



Julie Iromuanya is the author of Mr. and Mrs. Doctor (Coffee House Press), a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, the Etisalat Prize for Literature (now 9 Mobile Prize for Literature), and the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize for Debut Fiction. Her scholarly-critical work most recently appears in Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism and is forthcoming in Callaloo: A Journal of African American Arts and Letters and Afropolitan Literature as World Literature (Bloomsbury Publishing). She was the inaugural Herbert W. Martin Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Dayton. She has also been a Jane Tinkham Broughton Fellow in Fiction at Bread Loaf Writers Conference, a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers Conference, a Bread Loaf Bakeless/Camargo France Fellow, a Brown Foundation Fellow at the Dora Maar House, a Jan Michalski Fellow at “The Treehouses,” and the Eternal Vada Fellow at Sangam House. Her work has also been supported by fellowships and residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, the Ragdale Foundation, Villa Lena, and Villa Ruffieux. Iromuanya earned her B.A. at the University of Central Florida and her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she was a Presidential Fellow and award-winning teacher. She is an assistant professor in the creative writing MFA program at the University of Arizona. She is at work on a second novel, A Season of LightVisit her website here: http://julieiromuanya.com



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 (Wild Patience Books, 2018), 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.



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!