Moriah Purdy

Assistant Director, Writing Center
Lecturer in English

Phone: (800) 422-1782, ext. 7263
Office: Goldstein 106


Moriah L Purdy has a BA in English from Muhlenberg College (2004) where she acquired her first experience in a Writing Center as a peer tutor and writing assistant. After a three-year stint working as a development editor at a medical publishing company, she acquired an MFA in Creative Writing (in poetry) from George Mason University (2010) where she taught composition and literature and served as Poetry Editor for Phoebe: A Journal of Literature and Art, the national literary journal housed at the University. Prior to arriving at Washington College she was the Assistant Director of the graduate and undergraduate University Writing Center at George Mason. She occasionally contributes news and musings to a blog (

Scholarly and Teaching Interests

  • Writing Center theory and practice
  • Writing pedagogy and composition theory
  • Literary non-fiction and hybrid genres
  • Poetry and poetics, especially eco-poetics, collage, visual poetry, and constraint
  • Digital composition and collaboration (wiki spaces, blogs, etc).

Publications and Collaborative Exhibitions

  • 2010—"Decayless", in DIAGRAM 10.4 (
  • 2010—"Shoreline Ruins", in Marginalia 5
  • 2010— Simultaneous Contrast: Investigating Presidential China Patterns, a sequence of 12 poems presented with work from ceramicist Stephanie A Rozene, DIS/ARMING Domesticity, National Council on Education For the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), Duke Gallery, The Community Arts Center, Wallingsford, PA.
  • 2009—"To Entertain," and "Luxury and Lack," exhibited in collaboration with ceramic work by Stephanie A Rozene, The Material Word exhibit, Fall for the Book Festival, Fairfax, VA.
  • 2008—"Staggered Shelves," "Sequence," exhibited in collaboration with ceramic work by Stephanie A Rozene, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI

Panel Presentations

  • 2009—Small Press Publishers' Panel, Fall for the Book Festival, Fairfax, VA
  • 2008— Looking In/ Looking Out: How research on the Local Complicates Theories of the Global; "Navigating the Cacophony of Discourses: A Tutor's Perspective", International Writing Center's Association (IWCA) conference, Los Vegas, NV