College Relations & Marketing

Wendy Mitman Clarke M’16

Director of College Communications

Wendy joined Washington College in November 2012 as a staff writer for College Relations & Marketing; she since has served as Associate Director of Communications and most recently as Director of Media Relations. She has been instrumental in telling stories about the students, alumni, and faculty who exemplify the distinctive character of the Washington College community. In addition to developing editorial content, writing stories for the web, and pitching WC’s terrific stories to regional, national, and international news media, Wendy also works on the Washington College Magazine, serving as associate editor.

Wendy’s career as a journalist began in daily newspapers. After three years as a staff writer for the Associated Press, she moved into magazines where she worked as a freelance writer for Smithsonian and National Parks, and was executive editor of Chesapeake Bay magazine for six years. Her career as a writer has included creative nonfiction published in River Teeth; a book of essays, Window on the Chesapeake: The Bay, Its People and Places, published in 2002 by The Mariners Museum and Howell Press; and six years as a monthly columnist with the national sailing magazine Cruising World. Her poetry, which has appeared in Blackbird, RattleThe Delmarva Review, Little Patuxent Review, MUSE, Blue River Review, and the QuillsEdge Press anthology 50/50, earned the Pat Nielsen Poetry Award in 2015 and 2017, and a Pushcart prize nomination. Her novel Still Water Bending was published in fall 2017 by Head to Wind Publishing.

She holds a BA in English from the University of Vermont, where she graduated with highest honors, and earned her master’s degree in English at WC in 2016.

She spends as much time as possible on the water, wherever she can find it. You can see more of her work at .