2020 Spring Festival

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Featuring Readings by MFA Candidates, Class of 2020

Eric Acosta, Virgo
Marina Burandt, A Tiny Miniature World Where the Proportions Are Slightly Off
Nicolas Hauser, Ask the Doctor, He Might Know!
Sabina Livadariu, Behind the Curtain
Abigail MandlinMuses
Ashley Noelle, Asymptomatic
Matt Porter, A Soft-Boiled Potato
Stephanie Segura, Open Door Behind You
Nicholas Sweeney, Bed of Leaves

Guest Artist, Don Mee Choi

Don Mee Choi

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Don Mee Choi is the author of DMZ Colony (Wave Books, 2020), Hardly War (Wave Books, 2016), The Morning News Is Exciting (Action Books, 2010), and several chapbooks and pamphlets of poems and essays. She has received a Whiting Award, Lannan Literary Fellowship, Lucien Stryk Translation Prize, and DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Fellowship. She has translated several collections of Kim Hyesoon's poetry, including Autobiography of Death (New Directions, 2018), which received the 2019 International Griffin Poetry Prize.

MFA Candidate Bios

Eric Acosta is a poet from El Paso, Texas. He earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at El Paso and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing & Poetics from the University of Washington Bothell. He has been published in Clamor, Mystique, Rad, and What's Up, as well as featured on the podcast EP Culturebeat. His work experiments with the visual aspects of language, using page and ideogram to create art objects that exist semantically, visually, and aurally. 

Marina Burandt is a second-year graduate student in the MFA Creative Writing & Poetics program at UW Bothell. She has a BA in English with dual minors in Art and Italian Studies from Chapman University. Her interests lie in art, language, plants, dreams, and travel. Her experimental work in fiction has appeared in Calliope, Boundless, The Upstart Crows, and Clamor. She will go on to pursue her PhD in English at the University of Denver.

Nicolas Hauser is a writer from Snohomish who has attended the University of Washington Bothell for both his BA and MFA. His writing often takes the form of experimental prose or poetry that engages with voice and narration. His thesis is a performance-play about the cyclical nature of life and death written about ten characters in six parts, each part being an important moment in the individual’s life. Like many, his next steps are unclear, but they will always be directed toward creation, the only thing he knows to do.

Sabina Livadariu is a writer originally from Romania interested in a broad set of issues from the friction between utopia and dystopia, to how memory shapes creative identity and the transforming power of violence in art. 

Sabina Livadariu holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Romanian and English Literature and a Master of Arts degree in American Cultural Studies. She is currently enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing & Poetics at the University of Washington Bothell.

She has been published in multiple media in Clamor and enjoys experimenting with artist books and installations.

Abigail Mandlin is a Pacific Northwest local, with an undergraduate degree in English from Portland State University and a master's in creative writing and poetics from the University of Washington, Bothell.  To date, she's been featured in nine literary magazines, with a total of twelve original pieces.  Her thesis, Muses, is her first novel for which she wishes to seriously pursue publication.  

Ashley Noelle is a Student Ambassador and MFA candidate for the University of Washington Bothell’s Creative Writing & Poetics program. She is a Co-curator of the Gamut literary series, which hosts quarterly readings of current MFA students, alumni, and faculty. Ashley completed a yearlong internship in spring 2020 as an Editorial and Production Assistant for Wave Books in Seattle and worked as a Graduate Student Assistant for the 2019 &Now literary festival and first reader for UWB’s Essay Press 2020 book contest. Her creative work is written and performative with a focus on personally and professionally coping with mental illness, overcoming trauma, and healing through writing. Post-graduation Ashley plans on continuing her career as Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist in behavioral health. She lives in Shoreline with her partner and their cat named Bruce.

Matt Porter is a writer, musician, and etc artist currently residing in Seattle with two lovely cats. Originally from little ol’ Cortland, NY, Matt moved to Seattle to pursue their MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics from the University of Washington Bothell. Their dramatic work likes to play around with theatrical spaces and realities, putting theatre in physical and psychic places it has no business being. They would like to thank the academy and hope you have a good day.

Stephanie Segura is a Southern California born poet and the daughter of Central American immigrants. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from California State University, San Bernardino, where she awoke her senses to surrealism and all its splendor. Her poetry explores a lineage of displacement through speculative testimony, audio transcriptions, and written recollections. She hopes to continue using offerings of the past as a gateway to continue her personal interrogation with her genealogy.

Nicholas Sweeney is a writer of queer, feminist speculative fiction and a creative writing alum from Western Washington University. They have been writing stories since they were old enough to spell (badly) and are interested in writing fiction that explores loss, identity, and transformation. 

Some of their works have appeared in Unbound III: Goodbye Earth, Twisted, Jeopardy, Flash Fiction Online, and Clamor. When not writing, they keep busy by escaping into video games, brewing cups of tea, and asking if they can pet strangers’ dogs.