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After the MFA: Sun, moon, wind, ocean - Talena Lachelle Queen and the poetry of art in community

Talena Lachelle Queen at the mic

By Natalie Singer (’16)

As a student who preceded me in the UW Bothell MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics, Talena Lachelle Queen was someone I heard about often during my time in the program but didn’t have the chance to meet until after we both had graduated. I was excited to interview Talena because to me, she represents the real-world successful example of how one can realize a practice and career in art-making and community leadership and advocacy. While writing poetry, teaching, and mothering, a juggle I also seek to balance, Talena has figured out how to activate the conversation around art, its purpose and potential, in her community. While she advances her own practice, she is driven by the motivation to make art a civic venture and the belief that communities need art to thrive. Here is an edited version of our interview ...

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Poetry and Persistence: Belonging and Expression for First-Gen Students of Color

Angie Cuevas Winkle

“I want to help minoritized students flourish and thrive in higher education. As a Cultural Studies student who wishes to go into Student Affairs, it is important for me to think of the best ways to serve and support diverse populations of students. I am very interested in using poetry as a way to cope, to heal, to create communities, and to make meaning. Being accepted into a university and going to class is not enough to help students succeed in college. All students are knowledge creators, and poetry is just one of the ways in which minoritized students can resist the restrictions of academic institutions.” ...

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Lauren Berliner publishes Producing Queer Youth: The Paradox of Digital Media Empowerment

Producing Queer Youth cover

IAS faculty member Lauren Berliner published Producing Queer Youth: The Paradox of Digital Media EmpowermentBased on over three years of participant action research with queer teen media-makers and textual analysis of hundreds of youth-produced videos and popular media campaigns, the book challenges popular ideas about online media culture as a platform for empowerment, cultural transformation, and social progress.  It offers a nuanced picture of openings that emerge for youth media producers as they ...

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Kari Lerum receives Washington State Labor Research Grant

Kari Lerum

IAS faculty member Kari Lerum has received a Washington State Labor Research Grant from the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies at University of Washington. The grant will fund the first year of her new research project, “Assessing the impact of anti-trafficking legislation on transgender sex workers.” This research comes out of years of community-based work, most recently with the Coalition for the Rights and Safety of People in the Sex Trade and the Seattle LGBQ commission. This project will focus on ...

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Media & Communication Studies launches MCS International Student Mentor Program

faculty and students at first meeting

Ten Media & Communication Studies (MCS) international students met on May 31 for the launch of a student mentor program that connects students with faculty members.  IAS faculty member Min Tang, who spearheaded the program, and Kristin Gustafson, faculty coordinator for the MCS Curriculum Area Working Group, held a roundtable discussion where students shared their experiences, questions, challenges, and support they would like to have from MCS and IAS.  The conversation ranged from ...

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