Alumni Ambassadors are alumni representatives who embody the values and aims of the MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics program. As alumni working across diverse roles and sectors, they support prospective students, current students, and fellow alumni by sharing how they’ve translated their degrees and navigated their careers.

Learn about our Alumni Ambassadors and email them directly at iasalum@uw.edu.

John Boucher, '14

John BoucherJohn Boucher is a writer, filmmaker, musician, critic and scholar. His work has appeared in a variety of publications and venues from hand-made micro-press lit journals to international film festivals. He holds an AAS in Film & Video Communications from Seattle Central College; a BA in Creative Writing & Film Theory / Production from The Evergreen State College; and an MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics from The University of Washington Bothell. While periods of intense solitude are important to his arts practice, he also thrives on collaboration, as evidenced by his work with others in live musical and lit performances, independent filmmaking efforts, and various group-based projects. He owned and operated a boutique media production company for several years; co-founded the Seattle-based writing group Les Sardines and their lit rag Les Sar'zine; co-founded zer0day press with MFA cohort-mate Aimee Harrison; and produced, with artist Aaron Morgan, The IIWII Project, a poetry + illustration mashup series that the duo published daily online for five years. His critical work has included writing film commentary for Seattle Gay Scene and serving on the poetry editorial team for Noble Gas Quarterly.

Scott Brown, '15

Scott BrownScott Brown is a writer and graphic designer in Seattle, WA. He holds an MFA from University of Washington Bothell and a BA in English from Whitworth University.  Scott is interested in writing that explores complications and contradictions with his MFA thesis focused on the tensions between what we think, what we feel, what we want to think, and what we want to feel.  Scott has written one (never-to-be-sold) novel and is currently working on expanding his MFA thesis into a full-length novel.

Laura Burgher, '15

Laura BurgherLaura Burgher is a multi-genre writer and educator. Her undergraduate studies in Anthropology fostered an interest in the crossover of scientific and cultural research. Laura’s Master’s thesis, The Researcher’s Book of Her/mes, is a cross-genre work focusing on the intersection between research and imagination. She is interested in exploring liminality in dream and text through a post-structuralist lens of queer theory. Her background in theater design and production steer her towards work that is visual, collaborative, and can be performed. She has participated in a handful of readings in Seattle and finds immense value in being part of a lively literary community. She is co-founder and co-editor of Small Po[r]tions Journal and Letter [r] Press, one of the most rewarding projects to come out of her time in the MFA. Laura has taught writing to both children and adults and plans to continue her career within the world of education. She currently works as a Lead Consultant in the UWB Writing and Communication Center where she hopes to expand her knowledge of education and critical pedagogy.

Travis A Sharp, '15

Travis A SharpTravis A Sharp has an MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics from the University of Washington Bothell and is a PhD student in the Poetics Program at SUNY Buffalo. Travis' research interests include contemporary queer and digital poetry and poetics, performance studies, modernism, the avant-garde, and ecopoetics. Travis is a co-founder/co-editor of Small Po[r]tions and Letter [r] Press, an editor and designer at Essay Press, and a co-curator of the collaborative text-generating project Blood of an Author Box. More recently, Travis is working on an editorial project, autodestruct.online, which is interested in ephemeral and unstable texts. Alongside Aimee Harrison and Maria Anderson, Travis co-edited Radio: 11.8.16 (Essay Press, 2017), an anthology of responses to the 2016 US Presidential election.

Natalie Singer-Velush, '16

Natalie Singer-Velush

Natalie Singer-Velush is a journalist, essayist, poet, editor and teacher. She is a former courts and crime newspaper reporter and chronic nostalgic obsessed with interrogating identities and cross-examining her own stories over and over. Natalie’ Master’s thesis memoir, California Calling, is forthcoming from Hawthorne Books (March 2018). She is an invited 2017/2018 writer in residence for On the Boards, a contemporary performing arts collective in Seattle; her critical responses to the season’s performances create a bridge of dialogue between artists and the community. She has taught poetry with Pongo Teen Writing to youth inside King County’s juvenile detention and at the state's psychiatric facility for youth. Natalie is also a communications manager at Microsoft. As a mother/artist, Natalie is concerned with the experiences of, and access granted to, parent artists and mothers in particular. In a culture where mothers navigate near-constant tension and marginalization around their identities as women and caregivers, mother/artists often struggle to access the resources available to other artists and which are critical to sustain a creative self. Through her creative and community work, Natalie is committed to supporting mother/artists so that their voices may be heard and their work elevated.