Our Team


Rachel Wenrick

Founding Director
Associate Teaching Professor of English

Rachel has worked as a waitress, a roofer, and a PR flack. All of these jobs required paying attention. Being a writer has trained her to look for the through-lines that intersect to make a larger narrative. She received an MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts and is co-author of singer and activist Angelique Kidjo’s memoir, Spirit Rising.


Patrice Worthy

Assistant Director

Patrice is Assistant Director of Writers Room, where she provides high-level program support towards maintaining and building Writers Room’s civically-engaged partnerships. Prior to this, she was trained as a biochemist. Patrice enjoys working on creative projects that combine art with social impact.


Kirsten Kaschock

Associate Director, University Writing Program: Experiential Learning
Assistant Teaching Professor of English

Kirsten is an Assistant Teaching Professor at Drexel and a writer. She has degrees in dance as well as literature and believes that art is an essential part of being human. She is the mother of three sons and the author of four poetry books and a novel. But when she is blue, she is horrid.


Valerie Fox

Faculty Writing Fellow, University Writing Program
Teaching Professor of English

Valerie loves participating in cross-disciplinary work and recently published The Real Sky, a collaborative work with artist Jacklynn Niemiec. She's published numerous books of poems, including Insomniatic, The Glass Book, and The Rorschach Factory. She's published flash fiction in Reflex, Juked, Cleaver, and other journals. She is a Teaching Professor at Drexel University.


Carol Richardson McCullough

Cultural Liaison
TRIPOD Writer-in-Residence
BA Language Arts ’76, Marshall University

Carol is a Founding Member of Writers Room who has been an integral part of each stage of the program’s growth. Her work as Cultural Liaison has helped forge partnerships with institutions including The Free Library of Philadelphia and Mural Arts Philadelphia. Her work as a researcher on the Corporation for National and Community Service study utilizes her expertise as a writer and her experience as a secondary language arts teacher. She is Old School. Vintage. Currently she is checking her receipts and writing it all down.


Lauren Lowe

Communications Coordinator
Alumni Fellow 2018-2019
ArtistYear Fellow 2017-2018
BA English ’17

Lauren has been a member of Writers Room since she was 19 and is a fervent Sixers fan—both have taught her how to trust the process. Her writing focuses on the history of redevelopment in Philadelphia’s Chinatown, where her father grew up, and the gentrification she witnessed in West Philadelphia as an undergrad. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at New York University.


Kyle Howey

Alumni Fellow 2019-2020
TRIPOD Writer-in-Residence 2017-2019
BA English ’19

Kyle is a Drexel alumni and three year member of Writers Room. He has been a storyteller all his life, with passions for art, writing, and music. Writers Room has helped him find a home at Drexel, and he hopes that other students can find a home here as well.

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Nicolas Vonk

Operations Coordinator
BS Screenwriting/Playwriting ’21

Nicolas is doing his very best to live the life he wants to write about, and Writers Room has been a key component in making him the person he wants to be. He is very excited to transition from frequenting Writers Room to being a part of the team!


Natasha Hajo

ArtistYear Fellow 2019-2020
TRIPOD Writer-in-Residence 2017-2019
BA English ’19

Natasha is a writer. Her work focuses on the intersections of her identity, her experiences in Syria, and family. These subjects were highlighted in her senior capstone project—a handmade book of fragmented essays titled Notes Written on Miscellaneous Things. In addition to being a member of Writers Room as an undergrad, she worked as a peer tutor at the Drexel Writing Center where she learned to help others develop their writing and studied anti-racist pedagogy.