Student Ambassadors

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics at the University of Washington Bothell.  The Student Ambassadors are current graduate students in the MFA program who have volunteered to connect with prospective and newly admitted students and answer any questions you may have about the student experience. Read more about our Student Ambassadors below and feel free to reach out directly to them by emailing

Meet the MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics Student Ambassadors

Jacq Babb.jpgJacq Babb, 2016 Cohort

With a background in theatrical and musical performance and visual arts, I find myself blending all sorts of media and genres in my writing. From imagery-laden lyrics to poetry lacking written word to epistolary pieces patched together with mixed media documentation, I am interested in challenging the audience to engage with writing in interactive and investigative ways. In terms of subject matter, I'm drawn to unseen forces and motivations and entities, along with a metaphorical or philosophical sense of kintsukuroi, which originates from the Japanese art of mending broken pottery ornately with precious metals, indicating that the object is more beautiful for having been broken.

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Dylan Hogan, 2016 Cohort

I find in my own writing that there’s some permeability between genres—an autobiographical essay that is poetically crafted, a poem or short story that sources from critical material. My areas of interest center around transcendent experience, ecstatic vision, and mystical encounter, with a particular focus on the ways that transcendence/ecstasy/mysticism intersect with and queer the body. Some days I feel more like a critical writer; other days I feel more like a poet. The good thing about UW Bothell is that you’re encouraged to wear many hats.

My philosophy in attending graduate school is, like in improv, “Yes, and.” With a two-year-long program, you grow as much as you allow yourself to. I think it’s important for MFA students to “take the means” by seizing any outside opportunities presented to them, and to look at every in-class assignment/reading as a chance to challenge themselves to think better. UWB makes it easy to do that by providing close relationships with invested faculty, constant guidance and mentorship, and easy access to the thriving literary community in Seattle and the surrounding area.

UW Bothell is an incredible wealth of resources and an ideal place to pursue a graduate degree. I have a particular love for the UW Libraries and the interlibrary loan system—you almost literally have access to any books you could possibly want, and no shortage of quiet places to read them. I am indebted to the MFA faculty for everything they have done for me and know that they have given me gifts that will continue to reveal themselves well into the future. In terms of an environment that fosters and facilitates creative and intellectual growth, I couldn’t have asked for a better program.

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image of Amanda LybeckAmanda Lybeck, 2016 Cohort

When I came to the Creative Writing & Poetics program, I was looking to push myself into new and uncomfortable places in my writing. This exploration transplanted me from a primarily children’s based focus into experimental poetry. My recent work is often marked by fragmentation and erasure with a visual element (I may spend hours trying to find the right font or the way I want to display my words across the page). I am deeply invested in the relationship I create between form and content, which emerges in the form artist’s books and other physical artifacts. My hands-on approach typically requires some work on the part of the reader, forcing them to participate in order to create meaning. I believe that saying less is more, and thematically tend to gravitate toward semi-autobiographical content in the realm of interpersonal relationships, grief, identity, motherhood and the body.

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