Gamut is a literary series that connects creative and diverse voices from the UW Bothell MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics community. The series features readings by current students, alumni, and faculty. The name refers to the program’s interdisciplinary nature, which encourages and challenges students to experiment between genres and mediums, resulting in a wide range of creative works.
Gamut was founded in 2019 by Woogee Bae (MFA, 2019), with Ashley Noelle (MFA, 2020) and Matt Porter (MFA, 2020) while they were candidates in the MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics program.
Gamut took its first steps with the hospitality of Open Books: A Poetry Emporium which hosted the initial three events of its inaugural year (2019-2020). The fourth and final reading of Gamut’s first year was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
For 2020-2021, Gamut is adding three new members to its curatorial team, MFA candidates Scott Bentley, Julie Voss, and Cliff Watson. Bae, Noelle, and Porter will continue as Alumni Advisors.
Alumni and current students who are interested in participating in future readings can add their email to the readers’ list by signing up here.
A. Bunney is an interdisciplinary artist from the Pacific Northwest. Her work focuses on memory and how it intertwines with imagination, history, and the environment. She is currently completing her MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics at UW Bothell where her thesis includes long exposure, uncertain perceptions of reality, and Edgar Allan Poe. She has been published in Clamor (2020) and The Journal of Occurrences (2018) and is scheduled to publish in the CROW in 2021.
Tricia Fuentes is a first-year student in the MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics at University of Washington Bothell. A life-long Seattleite, her writing largely centers on everyday relationships within families, communities, and land. 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.
Siolo Thompson is a Seattle-based illustrator and writer who works in the realm of the magical, horrific, and fantastical. Her work has been published and exhibited worldwide and her client list includes McSweenys, Victoria’s Secret, Facebook, Astrology.com, and many others. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics from the University of Washington Bothell.
Living on South Beacon Hill, Simon Wolf is inspired by urban space as much as he is by woods and plants. He sees words as the surface of communication, where much is said but much falls through the gaps. Currently working on his MFA in Creative Writing at UW Bothell and working in land restoration, Simon’s poems have been published with Leveler Poetry and Seattle’s Poetry on Buses, he is the Co-Founder of Stay Happy arts Collective.