News from School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

Category: Alumni

Marcus Johnson receives “Excellence in Teaching Award”

IAS alum Marcus Johnson received his bachelor's in Global Studies ('13), and a master's in Cultural Studies (’16). As a Cultural Studies student, he worked with IAS faculty member Ben Gardner on “The Multi Dimensions of Blackness: Cultural Hegemony in the United States and Abroad.” Johnson’s research stems from a “disquieting” encounter ..

May 6, 2022

Nicole McCarthy publishes creative essay “Touch”

Nicole McCarthy ('17) has a new micro essay out with PANK, one of the first pieces released from her second nonfiction book-in-progress. The micro, titled "Touch", explores the significance of physical touch in our lives and how living without it can feel like malnutrition ...

April 22, 2022

MFA alum Liezel Moraleja Hackett publishes with Sampaguita Press and Write or Die Tribe

Liezel Moraleja Hackett (MFA '17) never thought she would be writing about writing, but the MFA alum has discovered both the pleasure and community-building possibilities of sharing her poetics as a contributor to the website Write or Die Tribe, an online collective that provides resources for writers of all genres seeking, in their words ...

April 11, 2022

Creating community led to dream career

Creating a sense of community has always been a central value for IAS alum Brittaney Bunjong, who graduated from the University of Washington Bothell in 2016 with a degree in Media & Communication Studies...

April 4, 2022

MFA Alum Eric Acosta Organizes Local Reading and Film Festival

Since completing his MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics, poet Eric Acosta (MFA 2020) has been engaged in fostering community among his cohort and within Seattle's vibrant literary and art scenes. Together with fellow alums Ashley Noelle (MFA 2020) and Reed Lowell (2019), he started a workshop to keep the conversation and feedback that are so central to the MFA experience flowing ...

March 29, 2022

MFA Alum Jessica Hagy publishes 3 books

The pandemic has been a busy time for prolific MFA alum Jessica Hagy (MFA 2018), who has seen 3 volumes come out in the last two years. In 2020, Tartarus Press published One Morning, a gothic novel Hagy wrote as her MFA thesis. One Morning tells the story of twelve hours in Gour Borough, Pennsylvania through the interwoven perspectives of twelve women who ...

March 24, 2022

Aimee (Harrison) Wright Clow Receives Beulah Rose Poetry Prize

Last week venerable literary journal Smartish Pace named IAS alum Aimee (Harrison) Wright Clow (MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics, 2014) the winner of its 19th annual Beulah Rose Poetry Prize. Her poem "the what inside the thing made kin" will appear in the Summer 2022 issue of the journal alongside the other winners and finalists. ...

February 24, 2022