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Moriah Purdy

Writing Center Assistant Director and Lecturer in English and Education


Moriah L Purdy grew up in New England and then followed the path of many migratory birds to the Mid-Atlantic, first for an MFA in poetry and then for her current position at Washington College. As a Writing Center administrator, instructor for the departments of English and Education, and as a poet, her interests involve theories of writing and writing development; she generally seeks to cross perceived disciplinary boundaries and believes the liberal arts environment is an ideal place within which to do such work. Her current CV and a list of publications can be found, along with musings on pedagogy and poetics, at her blog: http://moriahlpurdy.wordpress.com.


  • George Mason University, MFA in poetry (2010)
  • Muhlenberg College, BA in English (2004)

Scholarly and Teaching Interests

  • Writing Center theory and research
  • Composition and Rhetoric, particularly genre theory, invention, and innovation
  • Poetry and poetics, especially eco-poetics, collage, visual poetry, and constraint
  • Innovative non-fiction, hybrid genres, and procedural texts
  • Digital composition and collaboration (wiki spaces, blogs, etc).


  • English 101, Literature and Composition
  • EDU 490, Writing Theory and Pedagogy: Seminar in Peer Tutoring