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Student Ambassadors

MFA Student Ambassadors are currently enrolled MFA students  who have volunteered to connect with prospective and newly admitted students and answer questions about the student experience. Read more about our Student Ambassadors below.  You can contact them by emailing iasgrad@uw.edu.

Meet the MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics Student Ambassadors


Tricia FuentesTricia Fuentes, 2020 cohort

Tricia Fuentes is a second-year student in the Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing and Poetics at the University of Washington, Bothell. A life-long Seattleite, her writing largely centers on relationships within families, communities, and land. Returning to school later in life to pursue her MFA, Tricia has chosen to focus her thesis on the stories that won’t quit nagging her mind and heart: the migration chronicles of her mom and aunties from Cuba to the United States.  Her art explores the beauty and perseverance that comes from pain and loss. As the daughter of a refugee and descendant of a long line of strong women (and the world’s most caring dad), she draws strength and inspiration from her family, those still with her on earth and those (including her father) who have moved to the great beyond. In her free time Tricia enjoys complaining to her three kids about her lack of free time.

 


Amy HirayamaAmy Hirayama, 2020 cohort

Amy Hirayama is a second-year  student in the Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing and Poetics. She's concerned with how writing can be used as a tool for social justice and self care, and her writing interests include Okinawa history, culture, and literary traditions, Hapa identity, pedagogy, the art and craft of writing workshops, food and identity, poetry, prose, and graphic novels/comics. Other interests include travel (and the ethics of travel), Japanese cooking, running, cycling, hiking, the music of Kishi Bashi, Hawaii (the Hapa homeland), and crochet.


Sky O'BrienSky O'Brien, 2020 cohort

Sky O'Brien lived in Perth, Western Australia, until his mom found a way to get him out of the house. In 2015 she said, smartly, Why not study in the United States? She had heard of a nice college in Illinois. Sky said sure. He left his job roasting chickens at Red Rooster and transferred to Principia College. He stayed there for the next four years, reading all kinds of modern and postmodern American fiction that got him real hyped about American letters (Raymond Carver, John Cheever, Grace Paley, Robert Coover, etc.). After graduating in 2018 he worked as a TA for a year and since then he's been back and forth between Australia and the United States, slowly losing himself above the Pacific. He is a correspondent for Dispatches Magazine, where he writes about land, landscapes, and climate. He is interested in writing historical fiction for his thesis in the MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics at UW Bothell.