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Kitsap Tri Babes
I entered the English graduate program in 1986. My mind’s desire was to study feminist critical theory. The buzz word du jour was “praxis.” One’s theory must be grounded in practice; one must walk the talk. I expected to create praxis through a professorship, and I did spend a decade in that role, but I have had a far greater impact in another arena. Twenty-five years later, I remain a deconstructionist at heart, but my path to praxis is one I never imagined. In 2003, I convinced friends to do... Read more
Jaebadiah S. Gardner
As an undergrad, I wanted to pursue a major that made me happy. I loved to write, and I loved literature, so an English major wasn’t a difficult decision for me to make. All through those undergraduate years, people would ask me, “What are you going to do with an English degree, teach?” Or I would get the ever-so-common, “You know there’s no money in an English degree, right?” I knew what made me happy, and I knew what I was good at, but somehow, I was expected to put myself in this nice little... Read more
Theresa Ripp at St. Jude's Hospital
When I started as an undergraduate student at the University of Washington, I knew I wanted to be an English major. I just never anticipated that my English degree would allow me to travel across the western half of the United States and give me an opportunity to raise money for children in their most desperate hours. For the past five years, I have worked for ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for their Pacific Northwest office in Seattle. We handle fundraising and special events for... Read more
Brian Christian
Brian Christian, MFA 2008Poet, Author, Lecturer I was an atypical applicant to the M.F.A. program in creative writing. I came not from an English background, but from a double-major in computer science and philosophy. Already I was used to fielding “So what are you going to do with that combination?” at family gatherings; that I was now adding poetry to the list surely was not going to help. Instinct told me that as long as I followed my compass, I didn’t need... Read more