MFA in Creative Wrtiing and Poetics alumni employ their creative practices in a variety of ways.  Learn what some of our graduates are up to!

Creative works of Susan Brown reach local and international audiences

image from Mythical Magical Physickal Madness

MFA alum Susan Brown (’14) has been busy!  Her artist book Mythical Magical Physickal Madness was included in the Heroic Works exhibition at University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries last summer. In October, a second copy was exhibited at Seattle's Antiquarian Book Fair, which showcases thousands of rare and antiquarian books and ephemera. Brown is also ...

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After the MFA: Catching up with Colin McArthur

Colin McArthur

Shortly after he received his MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics, I ran into Colin (’15) at a reading at Folio, a private library in downtown Seattle. I remembered hearing him read pieces of his thesis—a beautifully written and ambitious start to a novel— at the MFA Salons.

Around the same time Colin was reading at those salons, Seattle City of Literature was in the news for two reasons.

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MFA Careers and Writing Futures event features journeys of local writers

Scott Brown,Talena Lachelle Queen, Natalie Singer-Velush, Sierra Nelson

On May 17, four MFA-trained writers met with students and alumni of the MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics program to discuss their career paths. Hosted at  McMenamins Anderson School, conversation centered on the diverse ways writers grow and sustain their creative practices.  Special guests included: MFA alumni Scott Brown (’15), Talena Lachelle Queen (’14) and Natalie Singer-Velush (’16), and local artist Sierra Nelson. ...

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After the MFA: Good things come in small portions

Sarah Baker, LB, Travis Sharp, Aimee Harrison, Terri Witek (the author of Letter [r] Press' first chapbook

By Natalie Singer-Velush

The time spent as a student in an MFA program, especially the early months, can be overwhelming. There are never enough hours to read, to spend with new ideas, to fulfill the requirements of the program, and also follow our own newly developing inquiries and impulses. The time, conversely, is often also highly charged artistically: These new ideas, however demanding and sleep-depriving, activate a desire to engage deeply with language and art and the process of making and investigating these.

One group of IAS’s MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics students responded to that charge by launching a micropress, a project that has evolved as its instigators have, and which has provided space for the incubation and expression of art and ideas within the realm of the program and, now, beyond.

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Natalie Singer-Velush Receives Honorable Mention from AWP’s Intro Journals Project

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Natalie Singer-Velush ('16) was named among the 2016 Winners of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Intro Journals Project, with an Honorable Mention for Creative Non-Fiction for her submission “There is But One Choice: Confession or Some Form of Extinction.” The Intro Journals Project is a literary competition for the discovery and publication of the best new works by students enrolled in AWP member programs, as nominated by the programs. Winning selections are published in participating journals, including Tampa Review, Colorado Review,  and Iron Horse Literary Review, among others.  The essay contains an excerpt from her memoir, California Calling, for which she is seeking a publisher.



Kelle Grace Gaddis publishes "My Myths" and thrives as a writer

cover of My Myths

MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics alum Kelle Grace Gaddis (’14) is thriving as a writer.  Her first book My Myths, a poetry collection, was published by Yellow Chair Press in October 2016.  Gaddis was also published by ...



Margaret Chiavetta publishes her first book and discusses why kids need more fictional characters with special needs

cover of Sir Duffy's Promise

Margaret Chiavetta (’14) has published her first book, The Alchemist’s Theorem: Sir Duffy’s Promise, which is the first book in a planned five-part series. The series features a middle grade hero who registers on the autism spectrum.  Recently conducted an interview with Chiavetta to find out why kids need more fictional characters with special needs. In the interview Chiavetta says:

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Natalie Singer-Velush selected as finalist for Autumn House Press nonfiction prize

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MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics alum Natalie Singer-Velush (’16) has been chosen as a finalist for Autumn House Press’s nonfiction prize.  Selected from more than 1,000 manuscript entries, her memoir, California Calling, traces Singer-Velulsh’s relocation from Canada to California at age sixteen and explores moments of being silenced before finding her voice. Her manuscript was largely written as she was completing her MFA program and seeking small press publishers.  Singer-Velush was enticed by ...

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Local writers share at "MFA Careers and Writing Futures"

Margaret, Travis, Priscilla, Sarah photo

A panel of local writers met with MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics students and alumni to share their career trajectories and advice for the road.  They discussed how their MFA degrees have enhanced their writing, ways they’ve sustained their practices creatively and financially, and what professional opportunities they see for emerging writers.  Panelists included MFA alumni Margaret Chiavetta (’14) and Travis Sharp (’15), and Priscilla Long, and Sarah Mangold.

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New Novel by Alum Margaret Chiavetta Receiving Rave Reviews

MFA alum Margaret Chiavetta (’14) continues to receive glowing reviews on her new kids fantasy novel, The Alchemist's Theorem: Sir Duffy’s Promise...

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MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics Alumni are Publishing Widely

Small Portions cover

MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics alumni are publishing widely!  Issue 5 of Small Po[r]tions, a twice yearly journal of short[er] work and multi/intermedia art, has hit the web.  Co-editors include ...



Susan Brown’s Work Included in London Places and Spaces Exhibition

Susan Brown (’14) spent time taking photographs in London while doing field research for her master’s thesis. Responding to a call for posters by the Association of Illustrators based in London, she envisioned “Under the Moon!” which was chosen to be included in the “London Places and Spaces” exhibition at the London Transport Museum, running from May through September 2015.  

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Kelle Grace Gaddis is on a publishing streak

Kelle Grace Gaddis, a 2014 graduate of our MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics program, has launched Brightly Press.  This small press will debut at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference in April 2015, featuring some of the coutry's top poets. Gaddis' own work has recently been published in a number of venues. 

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