Meet our Board of Directors

Emma Cheuse

Emma joined the Board to honor and carry forward the dream that her father Alan Cheuse had, of a center for international writers and writing across borders. Emma works as a staff attorney in the Washington, D.C. office of the nonprofit law organization Earthjustice. She lives with her family in Maryland.

Stewart Moss

As the former Executive Director of The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland, one of the largest literary centers in the USA, Stewart Moss helped establish creative writing programs for adult immigrants and members of the military being treated for neurological and psychological trauma. Prior to that, he worked as an educator and fundraiser in educational institutions around the country. He has taught literature and creative writing in both the USA and abroad; Scotland, Greece, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, and Nepal are among the countries in which he has lived and worked. Moss has essays included in "Retire the Colors: Veterans & Civilians on Iraq & Afghanistan" (Hudson Whitman/Excelsior College Press, 2016) and Plume Literary Journal, and poetry in Plume and Origins Literary Review. He has also been featured in "The Poet and the Poem" podcasts at The Library of Congress. He was educated at Union College (NY) and Harvard University. A native of Boston, MA he resides in Annapolis, MD.

Dallas Hudgens

Dallas Hudgens is the author of the novels DRIVE LIKE HELL and SEASON OF GENE, and the short-story collection WAKE UP, WE’RE HERE. He is the founder of Relegation Books, a small press in Washington, D.C. and Stillhouse Press, a student-run press at George Mason University.

Susan Shreve

Susan Shreve is the author of fifteen novels, most recently MORE NEWS TOMORROW which will be published by WWNorton in June 2019. YOU ARE THE LOVE OF MY LIFE was published in 2012, A STUDENT OF LIVING THINGS in 2006 and a memoir, WARM SPRINGS: TRACES OF A CHILDHOOD was published in 2007. She has written thirty books for children published primarily by Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic and Knopf. Her latest children’s book THE SEARCH FOR BABY RUBY was published by Arthur A Levine/Scholastic in 2015. Her next book for children is in progress titled THE MAGICIAN’S QUINTESSENTIAL GIRL.

She is the co-editor or editor of five anthologies including DREAM ME HOME SAFELY for which she was the editor and with Porter Shreve OUTSIDE THE LAW. TALES OUT OF SCHOOL and HOW WE WANT TO LIVE, and with Marita Golden: SKIN DEEP, essays on race. She has published several essays in magazines, some collected in anthologies, most recently in EYE OF MY HEART

She’s the founder of the Master of Fine Arts Degree at George Mason University where she is a Professor of English and was founding president and later Chairman of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. She resigned from the PEN/Faulkner Board in January, 2018.

She is on the Advisory boards of Poets and Writers, Alan Cheuse International Center at George Mason University, 826 DC.

She has received a Guggenheim Award for Fiction and a National Endowment grant for Fiction.

Debra Lattanzi Shutika

Debra Lattanzi Shutika is a folklorist specializing in critical race, sense of place and Appalachian studies. She received a Ph.D and M.A. in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001 and 1999 respectively, and an M.A. in American Literature from GMU in 1993.

She teaches digital storytelling, Appalachian folklore American and Latino folklore, sense of place, and bodylore. She is author of Beyond the Borderlands: Migration and Belonging in the United States and Mexico (2011, University of California Press), winner of the 2012 Chicago Folklore Prize. She is the director of the Mason-Library of Congress Field School for Cultural Documentation. Her current research is an ethnographic study of the National Parks Service Summer in the Parks program in the 1960s. 

Lisa Page

Lisa Page is co-editor of We Wear The Mask: 15 True Stories of Passing in America. Her work has appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, American Short Fiction, the Crisis, Playboy, Playbill and the Washington Post Book World, as well as in other publications and anthologies. She directs creative writing at the George Washington University and is Interim Director of Africana Studies.  She is also a resident faculty member of the Yale Writers Workshop.  She lives in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.