Cornelia "Corri" Elizabeth Vander Hoek Wells credits her long name for her interest in language. Trained as a scholar, she also negotiates the world through memoir and fiction, as Cornelia Wells, and poetry, as Corri Elizabeth. Her writing has appeared in Philosophy and Rhetoric, TIFERET, North Dakota Quarterly, The MacGuffin, 13th Moon, Eclipse, Puerto del Sol, Descant, Xavier Review, and elsewhere. She co-edited with Vernon McLean the textbook "Racism and Sexism: A Collaborative Study" (2005).
Before coming to ASU in fall of 2004, Wells was director of the First-Year Writing Program at the William Paterson University of New Jersey and before then associate director of the First-Year Writing Program at the University of Texas at Arlington.