Current Students

Read about some of our dynamic Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Poetics students, their educational backgrounds, and writing interests.

2015 Cohort

Yohandra Cabello

Undergraduate Institution: Florida International University
Undergraduate Degree: Art History

Writing Interests: futuristic, medieval, adventure

Other Interests: books and shopping for books, the beach, travel, art. Also, Yohandra is a HUGE movie buff.

Brent Cox

Undergraduate Institution: UCLA
Undergraduate Degree: English, emphasis on Creative Writing (Poetry)

Writing Interests: Innovative Writing/Art

Other Interests: Coffee

Terrell Fox

Undergraduate Institution: University of Washington Seattle
Undergraduate Degree: History

Writing Interests: Military history, horror, humor, and science fiction (or various combinations thereof)

Other Interests: Hiking, physical fitness, astrophysics, and bad movies

Liezel Moraleja Hackett

Undergraduate Institution: University of Washington Seattle
Undergraduate Degree: English Creative Writing

Writing Interests: Fiction, writing for screen or stage, magic realism

Other Interests: Filipino folk dance, music, mythology and folklore, time and relative dimension in space, and pictures of dogs on paddle boards.

Amanda Hurtado

Undergraduate Institution: University of Utah
Undergraduate Degree: English

Writing Interests: Experimental poetry, conceptual writing, transmediation, critical essay

Other Interests: Art, film, cooking, reading, hiking, biking, camping, yurting, skiing, rollerskating

Corbin Louis

Undergraduate Institution: University of Washington Bothell
Undergraduate Degree: Culture, Literature and the Arts

Writing Interests: Spoken Word, Graphic Poetry, Visual Art, Performance, Music and Ontology

Other Interests: Freestyle rapper and romantic, Neo-Noir, Southern Gothic, and generally living in a fury of inspiration

Nicole McCarthy

Undergraduate Institution: University of Washington Tacoma
Undergraduate Degree: Writing Studies (Creative Writing focus)

Writing Interests: Experimental: erasures in poetry and imagery; digital presentations; deconstructing structure; interactive writing & exhibitions; poetry performances; utilizing any medium of space to add meaning. Working in themes of identity, place, illusions of reality, feminism, and gender performance.

Other Interests: Reading, editing, coffee, chiefing journals, her love affair with Tacoma, wondering what exists in the dark crevices of our galaxy…did she say coffee?

Allison Morton

Undergraduate Institution: Ringling College of Art and Design
Undergraduate Degree: Digital Filmmaking

Writing Interests: Screenplays, poetry, experimental hybrids of the two, language as visual art, journalism (personal and political), fiction, spoken word

Other Interests: Film-making, sci-fi, teaching, photography, painting, dog training, video games, travel, television

Joshua Osborn

Undergraduate Institution: Washington State University
Undergraduate Degree: English - Creative Writing

Writing Interests: The ether of poetry revels between the crevice of meaning and understanding. Many people approach poems searching for something; their minds already made up. What does this mean? they ask themselves. I’ve come to realize that poetry has very little to do with meaning. A much more proper question one might ask is, what is this doing? Still, I couldn’t get past the preconceived ideas of language and how it’s traditionally structured to make sense; to give meaning to our realities. I’ve come to realize, again, that poetry is not as much concerned with making sense and giving meaning as it is playing with our senses, understanding the limits of our realities, and breaking them. Breaking. Rules. Because when rulse be broke fract/churred we are freed. I listened to Gertrude Stein give an interview about her book Tender Buttons, and when questioned about it’s meaning, she simply said, “If you enjoy it, then you understand it.” I thought, how true it is, to understand something.

Meaning searches for the words to define and limit, whereas understanding simply lets things do as they please, and enjoys the chaos.

I ask that as you read, instead of looking for meaning: enjoy it. Read it out loud, in funny voices, at rampant obnoxious speeds, or quaint slow peeps. Read with goo-goo eyes, or lisps; become the poem. Have fun, create characters with your words, and perform them with your body, as a way of being, rather than simply reading for meaning. It’s hard to understand sitting down. This way the language on the page comes to life, takes a form, something physical and protean. Surprise a colleague, surprise yourself, make it your own.

Other Interests: Go Sounders FC!

Elisabeth Secor

Undergraduate Institution: University of Washington Bothell
Undergraduate Degree: Culture, Literature and the Arts

Writing Interests: All of it

Other Interests: Beauty, truth, dismantling systems of oppression and inequality, and really good French rosé

Jason Tentor

Undergraduate Institution: University of Washington Bothell
Undergraduate Degree: American Studies
Other Degrees or Certificates: Master of Arts in Cultural Studies, University of Washington Bothell

Writing Interests: Hip Hop, short fiction

Other Interests: Socially engaged art

September Thorlin

Undergraduate Institution: University of Washington Seattle / University of Washington Bothell
Undergraduate Degree: Political Science and German Cultural Studies / Community Psychology

Writing Interests: Poetics out of linguistic and social interests, and experiments with multilingual and narrative poetry

Other Interests: September studies a variety of dance forms, as a dance company member and soloist. She combines this practice with her poetics to create a multisensory experience of her work.

Cora Walker

Undergraduate Institution: University of Washington Bothell
Undergraduate Degree: Interactive Media Design

Writing Interests: Fiction in all genres and forms, including but not limited to prose, poetry, comics, and games in the fantasy, Gothic, literary, science fiction, and heroic traditions. She has a particular interest in how the form of a medium modifies the way a story is told and how people connect with it. Dabbles in poetic pop surrealism. If there's a way to tell people about something that didn't really happen, but maybe they can still relate to, she's there. Cora is a Social Justice Ranger and cares as much about issues of representation as she does about finding art in everyday things.

Other Interests: Works at the Digital Future Lab as a designer and tester for games. Loves reading, crochet, spending time with her dogs, tea, and sharing her Dragon Age opinions.

2014 Cohort

Ben Burland

Undergraduate Institution: The Evergreen State College
Undergraduate Degree: Creative Writing/English

Writing Interests: Short story, screenplay, semi-autobiographical fiction, general lies put to paper

Other Interests: Reading; bike-riding; travel; gardening; fame/fortune

Andrew Carson

Undergraduate Institution: University of Washington Seattle
Undergraduate Degree: Comparative Literature (Cinema Studies)

Writing Interests: Online discourse communities; games and gaming, especially e-sports in North America; scientific writing for general audiences; LGBTQ and human sexuality; rhetorical analysis; philosophy

Other Interests: Bikes and bike-building, drawing, cats, music, physical fitness, cooking, and playing games

Ellen Donnelly

Undergraduate Institution: Eugene Lang College the New School for Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Degree: Creative Writing

Writing Interests: Experimental fiction and literary video. The meaning of the human face, the language of the internet, convention and deviation, writing as a function of citizenship, ambiguity, marginality and Beauty

Other Interests: Film, music video, performance, sex politics, physical movement, and the pseudosciences

Tracy Gregory

Undergraduate Institution: San Francisco State University
Undergraduate Degree: English with an emphasis in Creative Writing

Writing Interests: Poetry, specifically erasure and loose forms of cento, collaging, and occasionally prose

Other Interests: Playing the bass guitar, hiking/camping, rock climbing, and tons of coffee

Andrew Hoffman

Undergraduate Institution: Western Washington University
Undergraduate Degree: English

Writing Interests: Fiction (both literary and speculative varieties) and screenplays.

Other Interests: Hiking, biking, movies and music

Anthony Johnson

Undergraduate Institution: University of New Orleans
Undergraduate Degree: English

Writing Interests: Modernist, postmodernist and surrealist fiction


Gregory Prichard

Undergraduate Institution:  Evergreen State
Undergraduate Degree: Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts

Writing Interests: Historical Fiction and Narrative Fiction

Other Interests: Painting, digital art, astronomy, civil war historical reenactment, guitar and music

David Sanders

Undergraduate Institution: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Undergraduate Degree: English
Other Degrees or Certificates: Master's Degree in Secondary Education Language Arts from Auburn University Montgomery

Writing Interests: Memoir, humor, travel, children's books

Other Interests: Running, basketball, surfing, golf

Carol Anderson Shaw

Undergraduate Institution: Dartmouth College
Undergraduate Degree: English
Other Degrees or Certificates: UW extension certificates in poetry, screenplays, short-story writing

Writing Interests: Prose fiction and non-fiction. I plan to work on a collection of short-stores, exploring structure, lyricism and symbolism around themes of love and life. Archetypal stories with a modern twist. Character development and dialogue will be key. Also interested in multi-media, interdisciplinary projects on the arts and environmental issues.

Other Interests: Boating, skiing, dancing and yoga

David Shrauger

Undergraduate Institution: Seattle University
Undergraduate Degrees: History and English Literature
Other Degrees: AA in Liberal Arts, AAS in Logistics

Writing Interests: Graphic novels and quirky short fiction

Other Interests: Writing for the web and blogging. Swimming. Spy novels. Laughing at low-budget movies that take themselves too seriously. Things that are not obvious.

Natalie Singer-Velush

Undergraduate Institution: San Francisco State University
Undergraduate Degree: Journalism
Other Degrees or Certificates: Certificates in Memoir and Literary Fiction, University of Washington Professional and Continuing Education

Writing Interests: Memoir, creative nonfiction, exploring the place between what the memory knows is true and what it wishes the truth to be, the theme of assimilation, the geographies we chart, the shifting definitions of “home.”

Other Interests: Natalie is Californian by way of Canada, and the unexpected altering of her childhood landscape -- from buttoned-up East Coast to ice-cream-colored West, like a train jerking off track -- led to a stubborn obsession with stories and connection. Natalie spends much of her free time ushering her two heartbreakingly lovely daughters here, there, everywhere etc. ad nauseam. She also gets excited about eating, traveling, watching independent and foreign films, reading memoir, Mabel Challah Seahawk (her Labradoodle), cool sheets, and meals composed of Indian food, red velvet cupcakes and boozy ginger beer.

Deborah Taylor-Hough

Undergraduate Institution: University of Washington Tacoma
Undergraduate Degree: Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences: Arts, Media & Culture (Literature track)

Writing Interests: Creative non-fiction, personal essay/memoir, poetry, historical fiction, web-based writing, writing as healing

Other Interests: Voluntary simplicity, alternative education, renaissance literature, gender and ethnic studies, Washington state history, genealogy, board games, nature

Jack Wyss

Undergraduate Institution: The Evergreen State College
Undergraduate Degree: Writing, Creative Writing concentration

Writing Interests: Poetry

Other Interests: Spirituality


Kaitlin Young

Undergraduate Institution: Boston University
Undergraduate Degree: English

Writing interests: Zines, poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction

Other interests: Running, yoga, travel, art, cooking, gardening, and thumb wrestling


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