UW Castalia MFA Program Presents: Monthly Readings
Join Hugo House in welcoming back Castalia—University of Washington MFA program's monthly reading series featuring graduate students, faculty, and alumni. Showcasing published and unpublished drafts of work by authors from a variety of disciplines, professional backgrounds, and age demographics, Castalia offers authors a platform for community reading while putting their work in conversation with other voices, styles, concerns, and identities. The first half of the reading features three student authors, and the second half one alum and one faculty member.
The House bar will be open to serve alcoholic and NA beverages.The House bar will be open to serve alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
SIDNEY ROGERS is a queer and trans writer from Seattle, Washington. He is a Linguistics and Creative Writing undergraduate student at the University of Washington, and the president of the UW writing club, Writers in Progress. When not working on schoolwork or writing first drafts in his overflowing notes app, Sidney enjoys going to concerts with friends and keeping his pet rats from chewing through all the cords in his apartment.
JUSTINE CHAN is a writer and singer-songwriter from Chicago. Her debut poetry book, Should You Lose All Reason(s), is forthcoming from Chin Music Press in April 2023. Her work has appeared in Electric Literature, Baltimore Review, Beecher’s, Booth, Poetry on Buses, and Midwestern Gothic among others. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington and has worked many seasons as a park ranger with the National Park Service.
SANJANA RAMESH is from everywhere and nowhere, although most recently Ann Arbor, Michigan and Chennai in India. Their work has appeared in Café Shapiro, The Dragon Poet Review and Bring Your Words: A Writers’ Community Anthology. Navigating new facets of their diaspora and what their queerness means within that diaspora, Sanjana attempts to write these into their work through a lens of magical realism or just plain old magic. They often spend their time attempting to navigate Seattle’s public transport (and, inexplicably, always getting lost), drawing, and pining away for their cat back home in Michigan.
SIMON GRAHAM is an MFA Candidate in Prose at the University of Washington. Their stories and essays have appeared in New York Tyrant, Vol 1. Brooklyn, Bull Magazine, X-R-A-Y, Hobart, and elsewhere. Prior to moving to Seattle, they lectured on climate change at Monash University in Melbourne and their writing on climate change has appeared in a number of Australian publications.