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Alumni Ambassadors

Alumni Ambassadors are alumni representatives who embody the values and aims of the MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics program. As alumni working across diverse roles and sectors, they support prospective students, current students, and fellow alumni by sharing how they’ve translated their degrees and navigated their careers.

Learn about our Alumni Ambassadors and email iasalum@uw.edu to be connected.


Jessica Hagy, '18

Jessica HagyJessica Hagy is the artist and writer best known for her Webby award-winning webcomic, Indexed (www.thisisindexed.com). She is the author of the nonfiction books The Humanist’s Devotional (Freethought House), The Art of War Visualized (Workman), How to Be Interesting (Workman), and Indexed (Viking), the novel One Morning (Tartarus), and the poetry collection Here in Line for Security (Ribbon Pig). How to be Fearless (Sasquatch Books), will be published in 2021 and AETUI: Pentagram Poems (Inside the Castle), will be released in 2022.  She has contributed essays, cartoons, and illustrations to more than 20 other books. 

Jessica has been prolifically illustrating, consulting, exhibiting, and speaking internationally since 2006. Her work has been described as “deceptively simple,” “undeniably brilliant,” and “our favorite reason for the Internet to exist.” She received her MBA in 2007 and her MFA in 2018. Her work has been flatteringly featured in Wired, The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Publisher’s Weekly and Forbes, among many others. It has also been translated into more than a dozen languages. 


Dylan Hogan, '18

Dylan HoganDylan Hogan earned his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Poetics from UW Bothell in June of 2018. A teaching practicum from UWB where he facilitated a creative writing workshop for housing-insecure individuals materialized into a job doing social outreach at St. James Cathedral following the completion of his degree. In that role, he founded a soup kitchen, directed an urban farm, and acted as a support for volunteers at various Seattle-area outreach programs. He has since stepped into doing volunteer management in the field of substance use recovery at local nonprofit Peer Seattle.

Dylan is one of the founding editors of samfiftyfour_literary, an English-language magazine that was created using nothing but a dream and an iPhone in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The inaugural issue is forthcoming at the end of September 2020. Follow them on Instagram at @samfiftyfour_literary.


Joseph Niduaza, '21

Joseph NiduazaJoseph Niduaza is a writer from Salinas, California.  He has held numerous jobs and professional hobbies throughout the years, including: shoe salesman, freight hauler, “hemp” farmer, cardplayer, house painter, unlicensed contractor and equipment operator.  He received a BA in English from Humboldt State University in 2014, proudly served as a Machine Operator for the Mad River Brewing Company in Blue Lake, California from 2015 to 2018, and earned an MFA at the University of Washington Bothell in 2021.  Through historical and speculative fiction, with the aid of magical realism, his work explores the sociopolitical, economical, and lingual building blocks of cultural identities, cyclical patterns of generational violence, forms of government, macroeconomic cycles, class consciousness, modes of sociability, and the role of the individual identify within culture. He is currently working on a novel, based on his MFA thesis, Chimera  (Listen to an excerpt via YouTube). His work has appeared in Clamor and The Homestead Review.