Faculty and Staff

Chelsea Jennings

Part-Time Lecturer

M.F.A. Creative Writing: Poetry, University of Washington
Ph.D. English and Textual Studies, University of Washington

Office: Husky Hall 1416
Email: cjennings@uwb.edu
Mailing: Box 358530, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011


My courses on twentieth-century literature emphasize the impact of materiality and historical circumstances on the writing, printing, distribution, and reception of texts. This means that in these courses we investigate how literary meaning can change across different contexts and material forms. Inquiry is at the heart of this way of reading, and our inquiry can lead both deep into the text and out into the social contexts for literature. My courses on the practice of book arts and creative writing are similarly oriented toward material and contextual awareness, and I encourage students to make art that is personally relevant at the same time as it maintains a sense of audience and relationship to the work of others. I understand the study and practice of the arts to be mutually enriching, so projects in my courses tend to pair artistic practice with critical analysis. Since I believe that the literary, visual, and performing arts offer powerful ways of developing and conveying knowledge, I often ask students to use creative writing, drawing, collage, voice, and movement to investigate, interpret, and respond to the artworks we’re studying.

Recent Courses

BIS 361 Studies in American Literature: Twentieth-Century American Poetry
BISIA 374 Arts Workshop: Artists’ Books


My research focuses on the significance of the printed book—as a unit of meaning, a sculptural and visual object, and a consumer good—to American poetry from the early twentieth century to the present. I am particularly interested in the ways that poets and printers use non-linguistic aspects of the book, such as paper, binding, typography, and images, to extend the available conditions of possibility for poetry. Specific areas of inquiry include the rise of the promotional dust jacket, small-press printing in the 1960s “mimeograph revolution,” the aesthetic consequences of reproducing texts in facsimile, and artists’ books.

Selected Poetry Publications

“On the Steps of the Seattle Asian Art Museum,” Mississippi Review, Summer 2013

“Transmission Loss,” Sugar House Review, Spring/Summer 2011

“Landscape without the Fall of Icarus,” “Before the Invention of Perspective in Painting,” Boston Review, May/June 2010

“Travel, Like Nightfall,” Black Warrior Review, Spring/Summer 2010

“Dear Sue—,” Sycamore Review, Winter/Spring 2010

“Tonight the Trees,” Madison Review, Spring 2009