Who We Are

Meet the WBS team.

Patrice Hutton, Executive Director

Patrice is a Kansas native but traded the prairies for the Chesapeake a decade ago. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Patrice founded WBS with the help of an Open Society Institute-Baltimore Community Fellowship in 2008. Her writing appears in Tin House Flash Fridays, Mount Hope Magazine, The Hairpin, and the Ploughshares blog.

Programmatic Advisory Board

William Camponovo
Originally from Montgomery County, Maryland, William has studied poetry and creative writing at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Washington, and the City University of New York. He has taught formal verse and experimental poetry, sonnets and slam, poems about the Mississippi River, poems about cockroaches and most everything in-between (or at least he tries). Currently, he instructs at Hunter College in New York, and he is proud to continue working with the up-and-coming writers of Baltimore and Washington. more

Adi Elbaz
Adi attended Johns Hopkins University, where she earned a BA in Writing Seminars and anthropology and an MsEd in urban education. A Teach For America alum, she taught 6th – 8th grade English and reading in Baltimore City for two years and is still in touch with many of her amazing students, who are now preparing for college. Though she currently lives in the frozen tundra of Chicago, where she works as a content director for Learnerator, an ed-tech startup, she escapes to Baltimore whenever she can to watch her students as they change the world with their words. When not working, Adi enjoys reading, running, and foisting alarmingly large homemade dinners on anyone unwise enough to cross her threshold. more

Barbara Lam
Barbara is a medical student at USC Keck School of Medicine. She received her BA in Writing Seminars from Johns Hopkins, where she discovered her interest in narrative medicine. She continues to write creatively and is the founder of the Keck Medical Humanities Interest Group, which hosts Styloid Process, a writing workshop for healthcare professionals. more

Dora Malech
Dora was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1981 and grew up in Bethesda, Maryland. She earned a BA in Fine Arts from Yale College in 2003 and an MFA in Poetry from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2005. She has been the recipient of a Frederick M. Clapp Poetry Writing Fellowship from Yale, a Truman Capote Fellowship and a Teaching-Writing Fellowship from the Writers’ Workshop, a Glenn Schaeffer Poetry Award, a Writer’s Fellowship at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Italy, and a 2010 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. The Waywiser Press published her first full-length collection of poems, Shore Ordered Ocean, in 2009, and the Cleveland State University Poetry Center published her second collection,Say So, in 2011. Shore Ordered Ocean was long-listed for the International Dylan Thomas Prize. Malech’s poems have appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, Poetry, Best New Poets, American Letters & Commentary, Poetry London, The New CensusTin House, and The Yale Review. She has taught writing at institutions that include the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Victoria University in New Zealand, and Saint Mary’s College of California, where she served as a Distinguished Poet-in-Residence. From 2011 to 2014, she helped found and directed the Iowa Youth Writing Project, an arts outreach program for children and teens. She now lives in Baltimore, Maryland, where she joined the faculty of The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University as an Assistant Professor of Poetry in Fall 2014. more

Khaliah Williams
Khaliah has a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA in fiction writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her fiction has been published in the Hawaii Women’s Journal, Frontier Psychiatrist, and Day One from Amazon. Her story “La Sepoltura” was selected for the anthology Day One, Year One, Best Best New Stories and Poems 2014. She is a current fellow at the SMU’s Kimbilio Center for African Fiction and is currently working on a novel and a collection of short stories. more

Shangrila Willy
Shangrila is a poet and writer living in Baltimore with her butter-thieving Great Dane and an ever-expanding collection of books, shoes, and trailing scraps of myth. She graduated from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service with a degree in Culture and Politics and from Georgetown Law with her JD but eschewed a life of law for the dubious pleasures of lengthy vacillations about commas and the mot juste. She earned an MA in Fiction and Poetry from Johns Hopkins in 2015. A 2014 Rattle Poetry Prize Finalist, her work has appeared in cream city review, magma, Sugar House Review, Measure, and Gargoyle, among others. more


JP Allen, Jess Hudgins (Calverton); Helena Chung, Stephanie Haenn, Terrell Kellam, Martha McLaughlin, Shangrila Willy (Margaret Brent); Tara Abrishami, Fani Avramopoulos, Wallace Lane (Barclay)

Teaching Fellows:

Jamesha Caldwell, Rejjia Camphor, Josh Diggins, Marie Mokuba, Joy Njoroge, Sahara Page, Davon Palmer (2016–2017); Jauniece Brown, Jaida Griffin, Drew Matthews, Brandi Randolph, Bryonna Reed (2015–2016)