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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

Undergraduate Degree

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

Undergraduate 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

Undergraduate Degree

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

Undergraduate Degree

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

Undergraduate Degree

Bachelor's in media & communication with a creative writing minor

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

Undergraduate Degree

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

Undergraduate Degree

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.


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