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

Meet the MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics Student Ambassadors

Greg Buck, 2019 cohort

Greg BuckGreg Buck’s military family landed in North Carolina when they were a teen. In their first career as chef and restaurateur they traveled across the United States and lived in New England, Florida, and California before arriving to work in Seattle. Following career and life changes they returned to North Carolina but continued to feel the pull of the Pacific Northwest.  In 2015 Greg arrived "back home" to Olympia where they pursued a liberal arts education focused on aesthetics, art, and creative writing. At UW Bothell they continue to explore a range of theoretical interests while incorporating creative memoir and visual essay into their creative thesis.   


Troy Landrum, Jr, 2019 cohort

Troy Landrum JrTroy Landrum Jr. is a native of Indianapolis, IN and has lived in Seattle WA, for 6 years. His passion for youth work led him to the city but his even deeper passion for writing and literature has kept him here. He developed a passion for reading and writing later in life at the age of 27 during a process of self-rediscovery surrounding self-identity, faith, his culture and his families’ migration stories from Jim Crow South.  A process that will continue to be at the helm of his human experience and literature process as an African American male. His work in community and literary work hopes to reimagine and uncover the stories of histories past that have often disappeared with the lives who have transitioned. He is currently working toward his Masters in Fine Arts at the University of Washington Bothell Campus.  Listen to Troy's interview about his writing, research, and thesis project.


Joseph Niduaza, 2019 cohort

Joseph Niduaza was born in Salinas, California.  He has held numerous jobs and professional hobbies throughout the years, including: carpenter, shoe salesman, machine operator, freight hauler, “hemp” farmer, cardplayer, house painter, welder, and forklift operator.  In 2014 he earned a B.A. in Creative Writing from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California.  From 2015 to 2018, he served as a Machine Operator for the Mad River Brewing Company in Blue Lake, California.  He is now an MFA Creative Writing & Poetics candidate at UW Bothell, and he lives in Seattle.  

Rose O'Connor, 2019 cohort

Rose O'ConnorRose O’Connor discovered her love of stories in the third grade and has been writing ever since. She received her B.A. in English from Skidmore College in 2018. As an undergraduate, she mentored incoming students and served as a writing tutor, roles which inspired an enthusiasm for helping others realize their goals by becoming stronger writers. Writing, and the teaching of writing, have since become her career aspirations, and she firmly believes that creative writing is a valuable practice toward developing oneself as a writer and communicator. As a result, she is pursuing her MFA in order to establish her own identity as a writer and further cultivate her narrative and communicative skills. As a second year, she is exploring the emotional impact of texts as they are read aloud to an audience, especially texts that feature the melancholic. Originally from Rhode Island, Rose moved to Washington to attend UW Bothell where she now tutors at the Writing and Communication Center.