Fall Convergence

September 23, 2022

You are invited to participate in the University of Washington | Bothell MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics Fall Convergence, conducted online on Saturday, October 1, 2022, and Monday, October 3, 2022. Organized by Amaranth Borsuk and Ching-In Chen, the event will feature a series of presentations on Saturday plus a virtual session with MFA faculty and alumni at the Paterson Poetry Festival on Monday. Click here for the complete description, schedule, faculty bios, and registration link for this free event.

award, reading, conversation

September 22, 2022

Every two years, The Seattle Foundation at the University of Washington awards the Maxine Cushing Gray Endowed Libraries Visiting Writers Fellowship to “an established prose writer, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist or critic, who is a writer of sustained achievement and whose intent is serious and talent noteworthy with roots in the Pacific Northwest.” The award is named in honor of Maxine Cushing Gray, who was a prominent Northwest critic and editor.

Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest was named the 2022 Maxine Cushing Grey Distinguished Writers Fellow, and on Tuesday, October 18, 2022, at 6:00pm, she will present an online reading to be followed by a conversation with UW Tacoma professor Danica Miller, with an opportunity for audience questions afterward.

Mark your calendar and Register to participate in this free event.

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Thanks to Peter Messinger for the heads up!

Memory and Memorial

September 16, 2021

UW Bothell MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics has posted program and registration details for the 2021 Fall Convergence, themed Memory and Memorial. The conference, which is entirely free, will be held online Thursday and Friday evenings, September 30 and October 1, and all day Saturday, October 2, 2021. Advance registration is required.

Experimental Translation

September 18, 2020

University of Washington - Bothell
If you are interested in translation, have a look at the lineup for the University of Washington Bothell 2020 Fall Convergence: Experimental Translation, happening free online, Friday, October 2, and Saturday, October 3, 2020.


July 27, 2019

&NOW is a bi-annual festival of fiction, poetry, and staged play readings; literary rituals, performance pieces (digital, sound, and otherwise), electronic and multimedia projects; and inter-genre literary work of all kinds, including criti-fictional presentations and creatively critical papers. This year’s theme, Points of Convergence, invites speculation into the ways the arts might forge convergences at a moment of social, cultural, and political schism.

Keynote presenters include LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Barbara Browning, and Nathaniel Mackey.

The conference will be held at the University of Washington, Bothell. Registration is required and is now open. Early-bird pricing will continue through September 1, 2019, when prices double. One-day passes for each conference day are also available.

looking at books

July 17, 2019

The University of Washington Libraries Book Arts & Rare Book Collections is home to more than 40,000 titles not found in the regular Libraries stacks. Dating from the 11th century to the 21st, the 21,000-strong Book Arts Collection includes an extensive and growing number of artist-made and poetry books.

Materials are limited to in-library use and some require an appointment. For information, visit the website, call Special Collections at 206-543-1929, and see photographs of a few artist-made books on Atlas Obscura.

The University of Washington has announced that Charles Simic will give the 2018 Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Reading on April 12.

The annual reading honors the acclaimed poet who from 1947 to 1963 was a professor in the UW English Department. Roethke taught a generation of post-war poets, including David Wagoner, Richard Hugo, Tess Gallagher and James Wright.

Simic, a poet and essayist, was born in Yugoslavia in 1938, immigrated to the United States in 1954 and published his first poem at 21 in 1959. Since 1967 he has published 20 books of his own poetry, including “New and Selected Poems (1962-2012)” (2013) and “The Lunatic” (2015). He has also published seven books of essays, a memoir and many volumes of translations of Serbian, Croatian and Slovenian poetry.

He is the recipient of many prizes and awards, most notably the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1990 for his collection “The World Doesn’t End,” and was a finalist for the prize in 1986 and 1987. He has also received the Griffin Prize, a MacArthur Fellowship and the Wallace Stevens Award, all prestigious honors for poets. He served in 2007-2008 as the Poet Laureate of the United States. He is a professor emeritus of English at the University of New Hampshire, where he has taught since 1973.

The reading, which is free, will be at 7:00pm on Thursday, April 12, 2018, at the University of Washington in room 120 of Kane Hall. A reception will follow.

on poetry

May 25, 2016

Theodore Roethke photo by Mary Randlett“May my silences become more accurate.”
Theodore Roethke
(May 25, 1908 – August 1, 1963)

Alice Fulton will be the featured poet for the 53rd Annual Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Reading, Friday, May 27, 2016, 8:00pm at the University of Washington Roethke Auditorium (130 Kane Hall). The reading is free and open to the public.
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photo by Mary Randlett, 1963

testing the boundaries

December 1, 2015


Abra is many things: poetry, performance, video, artists’ book, paperback (soon) and app. Most of all it is a living poetry-based text that is interactive and mutating. A collaborative project, Abra is the invention of Amaranth Borsuk, a faculty member at the University of Washington-Bothell School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, along with Kate Durbin and Ian Hatcher.

Watch the video, see photos and learn more at the Abra website or visit iTunes to get the free Abra app.
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The Stranger Nov 11 2015

If you missed Rich Smith’s article in The Stranger, “When Scientists and Poets Study Together, the World Gets Cooler,” you can still read it online. In the article, Smith talks about the University of Washington’s Poetry and Science Symposium, in which “poets study in the marine biology labs, go out on research vessels, and collect and describe specimens used for research. Scientists study creative-writing strategies in poetry workshops.”

“The heart of the task for scientists and poets,” Smith explains, “isn’t to solve a problem, necessarily, but to ask a really interesting question.”


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