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Alumni Ambassadors

Alumni Ambassadors are alumni representatives who embody the values and aims of the MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics program. As alumni working across diverse roles and sectors, they support prospective students, current students, and fellow alumni by sharing how they’ve translated their degrees and navigated their careers.

Learn about our Alumni Ambassadors and email them directly at iasalum@uw.edu.

Woogee Bae, '19

Photo of Woogee BaeWoogee Bae is a poet and editor whose work focuses on translingualism and waste. She received her MFA from the University of Washington Bothell, edits the ecopoetics journal Snail Trail, and curates the quarterly reading series Gamut. Her writing can be found in P-QUEUE, Small Po[r]tions, Poetry Northwest (forthcoming), and elsewhere. In the past, she has interned with Wave Books and helped organize the 2019 &Now Festival at Bothell. She currently works with Seattle Arts & Lectures as a Donor Relations Associate.

Terrell Fox, '17

Photo of Terrell FoxTerrell Fox is a graduate of the MFA creative writing program at the University of Washington Bothell. He is a former Marine who can't draw, paint, sing, dance, play music, take pictures, sculpt, or throw pottery, so he writes as his way of artistic expression.

His work can be found in Proximity Magazine, Ricky's Backyard, Holy Shit Journal, Clamor, Black Candies: The Eighties, Memoir Mixtapes Vol. 4, and Crypticon Seattle's De-Compositions 2018, and Incoming: Sex, Drugs, & Copenhagen. He was also a group leader for Planting The Oar, a literature-based veteran/civilian discussion group sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Terrell has completed a novel-length experimental memoir about his experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan.  He can be reached on Twitter @FogButWithAnX .

Jessica Hagy, '18

Photo of Jessica HagyJessica Hagy is the artist and writer best known for her Webby award-winning webcomic, Indexed (www.thisisindexed.com). She is the author of the nonfiction books: The Humanist’s Devotional, The Art of War Visualized, How to Be Interesting, and Indexed. Her first novel, One Morning, is forthcoming in 2020. She has contributed essays, cartoons, and illustrations to more than 20 other books. 

A fixture in the creative online space, Jessica has been prolifically illustrating, consulting, exhibiting, and speaking internationally since 2006. Her work has been described as “deceptively simple,” “undeniably brilliant,” and “our favorite reason for the Internet to exist.” She received her MBA in 2007 and and her MFA in 2018. 

She mixes data (both quantitative and qualitative) with humor, insight, and simple visuals to make even the most complex concepts immediately accessible and relevant. Her work has been flatteringly featured in Wired, The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, and Forbes, among many others. It has also been translated into more than a dozen languages. 

She is perpetually available and ever-willing to assist fellow writers as they navigate the churning, salty seas of writing and publishing. 

Talena Lachelle Queen, '14

Photo of Talena Lachelle QueenTalena Lachelle Queen is the first poet laureate of the great City of Paterson. She is also the founder/ president of Her Best Self a program of the National Black United Fund that fosters leadership qualities in young women. The Paterson, NJ native earned her MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics from the University of Washington Bothell where she authored Fourteen. She is passionate about history, African-American culture and social justice issues. She is often inspired by current events and is known to infuse music into her highly emotive poetry.

She is a certified and licensed elementary school teacher specializing in Middle Level Humanities in both New Jersey and Washington states. Among her alma mater are Rosa Parks School of Fine & Performing Arts High School where she earned her diploma in Creative Writing, Montclair State University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting, University of Washington where earned both her teaching certification, and her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing & Poetics, and University of Notre Dame where she earned an Executive Certification in Transformational Nonprofit Management at the Mendoza Business School.