About Us


Jeanne HeuvingJeanne Heuving, Professor and Director
BA, English and Creative Writing, Stanford University
MA, Creative Writing, University of Washington
PhD, English, University of Washington

Professor Jeanne Heuving’s cross genre work Incapacity won a Small Press Traffic Book of the Year Award for 2004, and she has recently published Transducer, a book of poetry. She has written widely on twentieth century innovative writing, including the book Omissions Are Not Accidents: Gender in the Art of Marianne Moore.

Aeron Bergman, Senior Artist-in-Residence
BA, Art History, Michigan State University
MA, Art History, University of Toronto
MA, Art, New York University

Senior Artist-in-Residence Aeron Bergman works with Alejandra Salinas as an artist duo producing media, performance, internet, sound and sculptural works and objects in an interdisciplinary, conceptual yet socially engaged practice. Their work has been exhibited extensively internationally. Upcoming exhibitions include Steirischer Herbst in Graz, Austria and the Bergen Assembly Triennial in Bergen, Norway.

Amaranth Borsuk, Assistant Professor
BA, English, University of California, Los Angeles
MA, English, University of Southern California
PhD, Creative Writing and Literature, University of Southern California

Assistant Professor Amaranth Borsuk’s poetry book Handiwork won the Slope Poetry Prize. She has published an interactive book, Between Page and Screen, with the programmer Brad Bouse and has in press Abra: An Excess Exhibit, a book of collaborative poems with Kate Durbin.

Rebecca Brown, Senior Artist-in-Residence
BA, English, George Washington University
MFA, Creative Writing, University of Virginia

Artist-in-Residence Rebecca Brown has published over a dozen books of fiction, essay, and hybrid forms and has collaborated with theater artists, dancers, musicians and painters to create texts for performance, installation and the page. Her recent works are American Romances, The Last Time I Saw You, and The End of Youth.

Sarah Dowling, Assistant Professor
BA, English, Bishop’s University
MA, English/Creative Writing, Temple University
PhD, English, University of Pennsylvania

Assistant Professor Sarah Dowling is the author of Security Posture, winner of the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Selections from her most recent work Hinterland B appear in ‘I’ll Drown My Book’: Conceptual Writing by Women and other journals. Her critical essay, “How lucky I was to be free and safe and at home” is forthcoming in Signs.

Ted Hiebert, Assistant Professor
BFA, Visual Arts, University of Victoria
MFA, Art, University of Calgary
PhD, Humanities, Concordia University

Assistant Professor Ted Hiebert is a writer of essays and a visual artist. His works include In Praise of Nonsense: Aesthetics, Uncertainty and Postmodern Identity, Self-Portrait Chronicles and Unbecomings.

Joe MilutisJoe Milutis, Assistant Professor
BA, Modern Culture and Media, Brown University
MA, Modern Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
PhD, Modern Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Assistant Professor Joe Milutis is a writer and media artist, whose interdisciplinary work includes experimental narrative, experimental sound and radio, new media, and essays. He has published the exploratory prose work Ether: The Nothing That Connects Everything and multiple hybrid works.

Alejandra Salinas, Senior Artist-in-Residence
BFA, Fine Art, Ontario College of Art and Design
BFA, Fine Art, School of Visual Arts
MFA, Valand School of Fine Arts

Senior Artist-in-Residence Alejandra Salinas works with Aeron Bergman as an artist duo producing media, performance, internet, sound and sculptural works and objects in an interdisciplinary, conceptual yet socially engaged practice. Their work has been exhibited extensively internationally. Upcoming exhibitions include Steirischer Herbst in Graz, Austria and the Bergen Assembly Triennial in Bergen, Norway.

Additional Thesis Advisors

Tisa Bryant
MFA, Literary Arts, Brown University

Tisa Bryant makes work that traverses the boundaries of genre, culture and history. Unexplained Presence (Leon Works, 2007), her first full-length book, is a collection of original, hybrid essays that remix narratives from film, literature and visual arts and zoom in on the black presences operating within them. She is a co-editor/publisher of the hardcover cross-referenced literary/arts series, The Encyclopedia Project, which recently released Encyclopedia Vol. 2 F-K.

Alejandro Miguel Justino Crawford
BA, English, University of Georgia
Graduate Study, Interactive Telecommunications Program, New York University

Alejandro Miguel Justino Crawford was born in Murcia, Spain. He has published several works, including Morpheu and “Wasted” and done installations of his work at Kelly Writers House. He has studied and produced digital poetry and is interested in the way the digital and virtual change not just the manner in which we read, but also what constitutes “reading” in general.

Robert Glück
MA, Creative Writing, San Francisco State University

Robert Glück is the author of nine books of poetry and fiction, most recently Denny Smith, Jack the Modernist, Margery Kempe, Elements of a Coffee Service, and Reader. His Poetry and fiction has been published in New Directions Anthology, Best New Gay Fiction 1988 and 1996, Best American Erotica 1996, The Faber Book of Gay Short Fiction, and other anthologies. Critical articles have appeared in Poetics Journal, The London Times Literary Supplement, Artforum International, and The Review of Contemporary Fiction.

Carla Harryman
MA, Creative Arts, San Francisco State University

Carla Harryman is a poet, essayist, novelist, and playwright. She has published thirteen single-authored works, including Adorno's Noise (Essay Press, 2008), Open Box, Baby (2005), and Gardener of Stars (2001). Her critical writing focuses on contemporary innovative writing by women and the poetics and politics of performance writing. She is co-contributor to the multi-authored experiment in autobiography The Grand Piano, a project that focuses on the emergence of Language Writing in the San Francisco Bay Area between 1975 and 1980.


Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Graduate Office staff will support the administrative and advising functions of the MFA program.

Miriam Bartha
Director of Graduate Programs
(425) 352-5427

As Director of Graduate Programs, Miriam provides strategic leadership for the IAS Graduate Office; oversees office operations; and stewards program assessment, development and implementation.

d.jpgStephanie Driessel
Graduate Staff Assistant

As Graduate Staff Assistant, Stephanie assists the IAS Graduate Office with program promotion, student recruitment, and administrative support.


Dominique Garcia
Graduate Staff Assistant

As Graduate Staff Assistant, Dominque’s role is to support the IAS Graduate programs and staff members with recruitment, event planning, and administrative support.

Lisa Olason
Alumni and Community Relations Manager
(425) 352-3136

As Alumni and Community Relations Manager, Lisa manages alumni programming and community engagement for the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. 

215892-10150233179204532-650124531-8480131-5881905-n.jpgKate Osmond
Assistant Director of Graduate Programs
(425) 352-3406 

As Assistant Director of Graduate Programs, Kate advises current students on policies and procedures, and provides guidance in academic planning and progress. She also manages the admissions process and supports curricular development for the IAS graduate programs. 

Affiliate Staff:

Leslie Hurst
Creative Writing and Poetics Librarian

Leslie assists students in conducting research and navigating the resources available to them through the UW Libraries. She works with students both in the classroom and on a one-to-one basis.

Leslie has been at UW Bothell since 1999 and has served as a librarian here since 2004. She has a B.A. in English Literature, Western Washington University and a Master of Library and Information Science (M.L.I.S.), University of Washington. Contact Leslie.