News from School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

Category: Alumni

Corbin Louis releases music and poetry

This summer, IAS alum Corbin Louis (B.A. Culture, Literature & the Arts 2014; MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics 2017) has been active in the poetry and music communities in Seattle, finding ways to share his work with a variety of audiences. Louis, a Seattle artist with deep roots in slam poetry and DIY music, says of his practice, "as a UW Bothell alum, my goal is to write with a reason. For me that means ...

September 3, 2021

Scott Bentley receives fellowships from Hugo House and Mineral School

IAS alum Scott Bentley (MFA 2021) has been selected as a 2021-2022 Hugo Fellow by Seattle's Hugo House. The fellowship supports emerging writers in the Seattle area who are working to complete a proposed project. Bentley will use the fellowship to continue working on his manuscript of visual and translation poetry Bwai \ Remapping, which began as his MFA thesis. The poems rely ...

August 23, 2021

Phoenix Horn earns Husky 100 recognition connecting policy research and social change

As a current student in UW Bothell’s Master of Arts in Policy Studies program, Phoenix Horn (Law, Economics & Public Policy, 2020) examines systemic racism, gender inequality and transphobia, in the interest of making the world more equitable. His current research project looks into how antiracism is practiced in Western Washington’s K-12 classrooms. Keith Nitta, faculty in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, notes that Horn’s hopes and ambitions are about social and political change, and that this makes him a great match with Policy Studies program values and curriculum. “Phoenix is committed to the public good above all else,” says Nitta.

July 26, 2021

Amadanyo Oguara publishes Danku of Nembe Kingdom

Amadanyo Oguara has published his third book, Danku of Nembe Kingdom. Oguara is an alum of the M.A. in Cultural Studies program and published his first two books, Fisherman’s Son and Asanda of Agirisaba, in 2020. Danku of Nembe Kingdom narrates a ...

June 30, 2021

Denise Calvetti Michaels publishes The Things Downriver

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.

June 21, 2021

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

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.

June 21, 2021

Malak Shalabi among the first to wear a hijab during law school graduation ceremony

IAS alum Malak Shalabi graduated from University of Washington School of Law this June and may be the first to wear a hijab during the graduation ceremony. In this Seattle Times article, Shalabi discusses her path to law school and the discrimination she’s faced – and transcended. Shalabi graduated from UW Bothell in 2018 with a degree in Law, Economics & Public Policy. As a student, she researched sectarian violence in Syria and the voices of Syrian people in the United States ...

June 14, 2021

President’s Medal to Jordan Woltjer

President’s Medal recipient Jordan Woltjer is graduating with a 4.0 GPA and is headed to Duke University in the fall for graduate school. He credits his UW Bothell professors with cultivating his potential and providing career opportunities that support his goals. Woltjer will receive a bachelor’s degree in Law, Economics & Public Policy and double minor in Economics and Mathematics.

June 8, 2021