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.

Sarah Baker, '15

Sarah Baker is a writer, designer and editor living in Seattle. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics from the University of Washington Bothell and a B.A. in Anthropology from UCLA. She is a co-founder and co-editor of Small Po[r]tions Journal and Letter [r] Press, has worked as an intern and freelance designer for Wave Books and was a co-director for APRIL, Seattle's (discontinued) annual festival of small and independent publishing. She is currently a lecturer in creative writing for undergraduates at UW Bothell.

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 has previously been published 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. He also has upcoming work in Incoming: Sex, Drugs, & Copenhagen. He was recently selected to be 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.

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.