The WWPH Team

Kathleen Wheaton, President

Kathleen’s collection, Aliens and Other Stories, received the 2013 WWPH Fiction Prize. Her fiction has appeared in many journals and she is the recipient of five Maryland State Arts Council grants.

Holly Karapetkova, Vice President

Holly is the author of Words We Might One Day Say from WWPH. She’s the Poet Laureate of Arlington, Virginia, and teaches at Marymount University.

Jacob R. Weber, Vice President, Fiction

Jake is a Korean language translator and the author of Don’t Wait to Be Called, winner of the 2018 WWPH Fiction Prize. Follow his literary blog here:

Nicole Tong, Secretary

Nicole is the 2017 Jean Feldman Poetry Prize winner for her poetry collection How to Prove a Theory. She serves as the inaugural Fairfax Poet Laureate.

Elizabeth Bruce, Treasurer

Elizabeth’s novel, And Silent Left the Place, won WWPH’s Fiction Prize (distinctions: ForeWord Magazine/Texas Institute of Letters). She has published fiction in the USA and abroad. For information on donating to WWPH or on The Washington Writers’ Publishing House 501c3 status contact Elizabeth Bruce at wwphanthology @

Robert Williams, Production

Robert is the author of the collection Strivers and Other Stories, winner of the 2016 WWPH Fiction Prize. A resident of Washington, D.C., he is the recipient of four Larry Neal Writers’ Awards given by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Caroline Bock, Fiction Editor, WWPH Writes

Caroline’s short story collection, Carry Her Home, received the 2018 WWPH Fiction Prize. She is the author of two young adult novels, Lie and Before My Eyes. She is the fiction editor of WWPH’s 2021 anthology, This Is What America Looks Like: Fiction and Poetry from D.C. Maryland, and Virginia.

Jona Colson, Poetry Editor, WWPH Writes

Jona’s poetry collection, Said Through Glass, won the 2018 Jean Feldman Poetry Prize from WWPH. He teaches English at Montgomery College and is the poetry editor of This Is What America Looks Like: Poetry and Fiction from D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.