Graduate Peer Writing Consultants: Summer 2022

All of our Graduate Peer Writing Consultants participate undergo extensive training before they are available for appointments.

Fall 2022 consultant biographies coming soon.




Writing Center Leadership

Isabell C. May, PhD

Dr. Isabell May (she, her, hers) has been directing the Writing Center at UMB since early 2017. Dr. May also serves as faculty in the UMB Graduate School's Science Communication Program, where she teaches "Technical Writing" and "Writing a Journal Article." Before her tenure at UMB, Dr. May oversaw the Writing Center at the University of Baltimore, founded the Writing Center for Academic English at Leuphana University in Luenburg, Germany, and directed the Center for Academic Success at the Universities at Shady Grove. She earned her PhD in American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. A native of Germany, Dr. May came to the United States on a Fulbright scholarship in 1999 and has resided in Maryland, with a two-year interruption in Lueneburg, Germany, ever since. If Dr. May is not busy writing her blog, researching, or working with writers, she can be found swimming in URecFit's amazing pool or at an Orioles game. Email:

James Wright, MFA

James Wright (he, him, his) is a white settler raised in a subdivision on Shawnee ancestral lands in rural Central Kentucky. His father, Dale, was was a country lawyer, Democratic politician, and son of Virginia Wright, a resilient homemaker and minister to the congregation of her spouse, the Reverend Carl Wright, pastor of First Baptist Church of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. James’s mother, Charlotte, taught business math at local high schools and, in the last decade of her career as an educator, administered technology services in the Anderson County School District. She is the daughter of Louise Bowen, whose humor, compassion, and dedication to her community transformed lives, and Ollie Bowen, who, after losing both of his parents by the age of 12, went on to attend George Washington University Law School and then returned to his hometown to serve as a legislator, county attorney, and district judge. The presence of these relatives carries James through his work as associate director and multilingual writing specialist at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, Writing Center. He collaborates with peer consultants, faculty, staff, and students on writing pedagogy, writing curriculum development, faculty development initiatives, and writing center practice. His doctoral research at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, draws on theories of language, race, (im)migration, and identity to describe and understand more just and equitable approaches to writing and literacy education in the academy, Baltimore communities, and beyond. Email: