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Current Students by Cohort

Read about some of our dynamic Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Poetics students, their educational backgrounds, and writing interests.

2020 Cohort

Tricia ColinTricia Colin

Previous Degrees

Bachelor of Science in Business Management, Western Governors University

Writing Interests

Fiction, non-fiction, memoirs, family histories

Other Interests

Music (listening to it, dancing to it, and singing along horribly to it) / hanging out with my kids and the rest of my large, boisterous Cuban family (especially listening to my mom and her 4 sisters argue 5 different accounts of their shared history) / laughing at my own jokes / drinking too much coffee / not cooking / eating Cuban food cooked by my very non-Cuban man-friend / enjoying the occasional Happy Meal


Amy HirayamaAmy Hirayama

Undergraduate Degrees

BA English Literature from the University of Washington, K-8 teaching certificate from UW Bothell, National Board Certified teacher

Writing Interests

Okinawa history, culture, and literary traditions, Hapa identity, pedagogy, the art and craft of writing workshops, food and identity, poetry, prose, graphic novels/comics

Other Interests

I am interested in how writing can be used as a tool for social justice and self care. Other interests include: travel (and the ethics of travel), Japanese cooking, running, cycling, hiking, the music of Kishi Bashi, Hawaii (the Hapa homeland), crochet


Carolyn HuynhCarolyn Huynh

Previous Degrees

M.S. Human Centered Design & Engineering, University of Washington,  B.A. Journalism, Seattle University

Writing Interests

Memoir writing, short fiction & poetry on Vietnamese-American identity, diasporic witches, and preserving intergenerational tall-tales

Other Interests

Immigrant food politics, activist art, Korean dramas, my rabbit, tech, flea markets, and stockpiling books that I will eventually read one day


Edward KuznetsovEdward Kuznetsov

Previous Degrees

BA in Interdisciplinary Arts, University of Washington Bothell

Writing Interests

Art Deco, Chrome, Night Vision Goggles, Tuna Casserole

Other Interests

I got one hand on my crippling depression and the other on an xbox controller.


Meta LeCompteMeta LeCompte

Previous Degrees

Creative writing at the University of Denver

Writing Interests

Hybrid writing

Other Interests

I am attending the MFA program for poetry. I grew up in Montana so I have a great appreciation for nature. I spent the last four years in Denver. I love live music, poetry readings, thai food, rosé, and singing. I have two cats named Lou and Otis, they successfully made me a crazy cat lady.


Harry LeeHarry Lee

Undergraduate Degree

BA from UCSD in Sociology, and a minor in Literature

Writing Interests

Interested in modernist, lyrical, and confessional poetry, as well as cross genre and experimental writing and performance

Other Interests

Experimental music, Lyrical poetry, Poets of the 19th century (especially Dickinson and Bronte)


Emily J. MundyEmily J. Mundy

Undergraduate Degree

Creative Writing, Seattle University

Writing Interests

Poetry, experimental prose, spoken word // the strange & uncanny, synesthesia, spirituality

Other Interests

Flowers, seasonality, the tarot, yoga, burlesque, living room dance parties, music & stand-up comedy, food & natural wine, the ocean, all felines, chosen family, the lunar cycle


Madison NikfardMadison Nikfard

Previous Degrees

Bachelor's in Media & Communication with minor in Creative Writing from University of Washington

Writing Interests

Graphic novels, experimental poetry, coming of age fiction

Other Interests

Video games, animal shelters, musical theatre, collaging, animated cartoons, flower gardens


Sky O'BrienSky O'Brien

Previous Degrees

English (Creative Writing), Principia College

Writing Interests

Forms of power, aesthetics, the personal vs. the universal, short stories, essays, letters.

Other Interests

Modern and post-modern art and literature, art history, papermaking and printing, forests, walking, watercolor


Michelle PresentMichelle Present

Previous Degrees

B.A. Liberal Arts, Sarah Lawrence College

Writing Interests

Using mixed-media art &/or hybrid writing so as to enables new performances of self. Also interested in the intersection of technology and 'spirituality.' Artists/Writers/Thinkers I love: Maggie Nelson, Octavia Butler, Genesis Breyer P-orridge, Janine Antoni, Sandy Stone, Rupert Sheldrake, Toni Morrison...TONI MORRISON:)

Other Interests

Post-humanism, feminism, animism, Joan of Arc & the discourse of beauty.


Maria Delgado StevensMaria Delgado Stevens

Previous Degrees

B.A. in American Literature and Culture with a Minor in Anthropology, from University of California Los Angeles; M. Ed in Secondary English Education from California State University, Northridge

Writing Interests

Thank you, I would like to start with a glass of American Gothic, with an emphasis on noir notes. I think that will pair well with parody and satire appetizers, no? Horror, surrealism, and science fiction might be a bit much for a main course, though I do love those Victorian vampires and ghosts; hmm, how's the fantasy tonight --overdone, okay, I'll pass. Perhaps, a play-t or two of the absurd --cooked medium well-- but not so much that the idealism of the main character is compromised. For dessert, a shortbread topped with children's literature compote.

Other Interests

Other than raising a large family (with pets, teenagers and an eight-year-old) and teaching public high school (with teenagers), I love punctuation, poetry that breathes, watercolors, ballet, fine and street art, children's literature and illustration, vintage furniture and home decorating, American history, Jungian psychology, classic rock, 80s new wave, and jazz music; I'm interested in exploring American West perspectives and urban identity existentialism.


2019 Cohort

Scott BentleyScott Bentley

Undergraduate Degree

English and Creative Writing, California State University, San Bernardino

Writing Interests

Beat writers, surrealist and experimental poetry

Other Interests

The Velvet Underground & Nico, Lou Reed, coffee, Hunter S Thompson, and podcasts.


Greg BuckGreg Buck

Undergraduate Degree

Aesthetics, Philosphy, Creative Writing, Evergreen State College

Additional Degrees

Associate of Culinary Arts and Sciences, Johnson & Wales University

Writing Interests

Philosophy and aesthetics, the personal body and the social body, experimental writing/form

Other Interests

Interests include art and coffee. Reading, conversations, dinner and other meals all appeal to me; I try to partake of them often. The absurd and utopian, balanced by the perfectly reasonable and dystopian all interest me.


Annika G.R. BunneyAnnika G.R. Bunney

Undergraduate Degree

English, University of Washington, Seattle

Additional Degrees

Associate of Arts, Bellevue College

Writing Interests

Mass media, video games, science fiction, and fantasy

Other Interests

Historical reenacting, working with children and animals, cosplaying, going to conventions, camping, cooking, and baking.


Alec GabinAlec Owen Gabin

Undergraduate Degree

Poetics, Evergreen State College 2017

Writing Interests

absurdity / cultural theory / post-modernism / aesthetics / spirituality / animism / theater theory / the self / schematics for useless machines

Other Interests

minimalist music / metaphysics / prayer / highways / bela tarr films / richard foreman plays / la monte young music / collage / piano


Troy T. Landrum JrTroy T. Landrum, Jr.

Undergraduate Degree

Theology & Pastoral Leadership, Marian University Indianapolis, IN  

Writing Interests

Non-fiction, fiction, memoir and novels

Other Interests

Nature, sports as as physical and mental art form (boxing, basketball), music ( Hip-Hop, R&B, Soul, classical), favorite musical artist include Nipsey Hussle, J Cole, Kendrick Lamar and The Notorious B.I.G, enjoy reading memoirs, fiction, and creative non fiction, community, family, faith, African American History,  inspired and fascinated by the timeless work of James Baldwin, James McBride and Tah-Nahesi Coates.


Chris Ryan LauerChris Ryan Lauer

Undergraduate Degree

Arts, Media, and Entertainment, University of Arizona

Writing Interests

Free Verse & Prose

Other Interests

Cinema, Poetics, Visuals, Philosophy, and Baseball


Joe NiduazaJoe Niduaza

Undergraduate Degree

English Writing Practices, Humboldt State University

Writing Interests

Archetypes, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Satire, Tragedy and Comedy, Literature and Film.

Other Interests

Hi my name is Joe. I'm a Libra, and I love literature, film, recreational sports, and the occasional beer on trivia night at the local bar.


Sanika NalgirkarSanika Nalgirkar

Undergraduate Degree

B.Sc- Food and Nutrition (Hons.), Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda 

Additional Degrees

Diploma in Creative Writing, Symbiosis University

Writing Interests

Poems, short stories, novels, stories that convey some kind of message to the audience

Other Interests

Reading, Dancing, Travelling, Listening to music, Adventure sports, astronomy, watching movies, exploring different topics


Rose O'ConnorRose O'Connor

Undergraduate Degree

English, Skidmore College

Writing Interests

Writing Interests: speculative fiction,  story-telling, the uncanny, melancholia, ambiguity, experimental styles, dystopias, screenwriting

Other Interests

Other Interests: knitting, bonfires, quoting movies, inventing my own languages, the ocean, baking, listening to podcasts, maps, the color green, office supplies, kayaking, dogs, and laughing at my own jokes


Julie VossJulie Voss

Undergraduate Degree

BBA from South Champagne Business School (France) and BA in International Negotiation from the University of Regiomontana in Monterrey, Mexico (as an exchange student)

Writing Interests

Speculative YA, Manga, Non-fiction, Self-help blog, Memoir

Other Interests

Photography (landscapes and portraits), my two cats Toby DeVito and Pixie, Chocolate


Cliff WatsonCliff Watson

Undergraduate Degree

Bachelor of Science in Applied Math, Brown University 

Additional Degrees

Master of Science in Applied Math and Certificate in Business Administration, University of Washington Seattle

Writing Interests

Narrative writing, poetry, interdisciplinary writing for live performance - circus arts/movement/spoken word, lyrics, screen/plays, humor, gaming modules, quirky character backstories

Other Interests

Doing anything with my family, singing/acting/spoken word performance, my dog Winston, moving movies, podcasts, baking with constraints, D&D, puns, avoiding cleaning my office.


Yuan ZhangYuan Zhuang

Undergraduate Degree

BFA in Printmaking, Pratt Institute of Fine Arts

Additional Degrees

AOS in Culinary Arts at The Culinary Institute of America

Writing Interests

Food

Other Interests

Food History, Environmental Protect, Printmaking, Cooking, Nutrition, Wine