October 2016

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

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Natalie Singer-Velush (Creative Writing & Poetics, 2016) 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.

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

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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 ...

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IAS students tie for first in the Undergraduate Research category at the Washington State Lake Protection Association

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Three IAS students collaborating on a project with faculty member Rob Turner presented a research poster at the 29th annual conference of the Washington State Lake Protection Association on October 6. The poster - Investigating the Ability of Mushroom Mycelium to Reduce Fecal Coliform Bacteria Contamination in Surface Water – tied for first in the Undergraduate Research category, earning the students a $50 cash prize.

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Jamie Strusz helps companies and individuals build better software at GitHub

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Jamie Strusz ('11, Culture, Literature & the Arts) is an Engineer on the Services team at GitHub. She helps companies and individuals build better software, teaches classes, and gives talks on all things Git, GitHub, and software engineering.

While at UWB, Jamie focused on art history, which helped her land a job at Google as an art historian...

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

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Margaret Chiavetta (MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics ’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 ParentMap.com 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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