Samar Abulhassan holds an M.F.A. from Colorado State University and has worked in public school classrooms for 15 years, the last ten years for Seattle Arts & Lectures’ WITS program and the last five years for the Skagit River Poetry Project. Born to Lebanese immigrants and raised with multiple languages, she is a 2006 Hedgebrook alum and the author of six chapbooks, including Farah and Nocturnal Temple and what departs/which arrivals. She recently received a 2016 CityArtist grant to complete a novel-in-poems, reflecting on memory, longing and the Arabic alphabet. Click here for more on Samar at Lectures.org
Subhaga Crystal Bacon
Subhaga has nearly twenty years’ experience as a teaching artist working in elementary, middle, and high schools and over forty years teaching writing in community colleges. She’s the author of four collections of poetry including Surrender of Water in Hidden Places, a chapbook on the Wenatchee and Methow watersheds, forthcoming in the spring of 2023, and Transitory, a chronicle of murders of transgender and gender nonconforming people in 2020, recipient of the Isabella Gardner Award for Poetry, forthcoming in the fall of 2023 from BOA Editions. Her work encompasses documentary poetry focused on social issues and environmental change.
Janée J. Baugher
Janée J. Baugher, MFA is the author of the craft book, The Ekphrastic Writer: Creating Art-Influenced Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction, as well as two poetry collections. She’s performed spoken-word at Bumbershoot Arts Festival, the Moore Theatre, and Folklife Arts Festival and has been featured on Seattle Channel TV and at the Library of Congress. She’s taught poetry and prose writing at libraries across Washington, Sitka Fine Arts Camp (AK), Interlochen Center for the Arts (MI), and Lewis and Clark High School (Spokane), to name a few. Baugher is an assistant editor at Boulevard and the recipient of a 2024 CityArtist award from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.