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Denise Calvetti Michaels publishes The Things Downriver

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MFA alum Denise Calvetti Michaels' newest book, The Things Downriver (Cave Moon Press, 2020), is comprised of lyric passages focused on interludes of summer on the farm in Salinas, California, home of her paternal grandparents, Agostina & Ercole Bianco.   

“During this period of childhood, my brother and I explored the boundaries of the farm and steeped ourselves within diverse cultural exchanges among neighbors, family and friends,” said Michaels.

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Nicole McCarthy’s book to be published by Heavy Feather Review

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Alum Nicole McCarthy’s first book is set to be published in 2022 by Heavy Feather Review. The book is an expansion of McCarthy’s MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics thesis, “Manor of Memory,” which she completed in 2017. “It wouldn't have been the book it is now without my thesis advisor, Renee Gladman, a visiting writer in our MFA program who graciously agreed to work with me,” said McCarthy.

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IAS students launch 2021 issue of Clamor

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Last week, IAS students gathered in person and online to celebrate the launch of the 2021 edition of Clamor, UW Bothell's literary and arts journal. This year the editors worked entirely remotely on this intensive collaborative project, and you can read more about their process in this profile of the journal by Maria Lamarca Anderson, which features interviews with editors Sanika Nalgirkar and Jennifer Dormier ...

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Amaranth Borsuk's libretto "The Familiar Spirit" performed at live virtual concert INTERSPACE

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On June 5 virtual concertgoers experienced haunting sounds and images emanating from their screens during INTERSPACE, a unique live-streamed concert experience combining new choral compositions and electronic music. A live performance tailored to virtual delivery, the concert featured 7 works designed to showcase the powerful beauty of latency, layers, loops, and textures and was a collaboration between ...

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Coastal Poets Film Festival: Navigating creative practice within a pandemic

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One year into the throes of a pandemic and I missed live poetry readings. Severely. There was a sense of estrangement from Seattle’s caring literary community. Plus, I felt that undying hunger to express and connect with others through the power of metaphor. These were some of the reasons why I curated the Coastal Poets Film Festival.  This event was livestreamed on YouTube with pre-recorded video poems by five genre-bending writers, including Allison Morton, Simon Wolf, Brent Cox, Shelby Handler and myself. The film festival ...

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