College of Arts and Sciences
English Department

2014-15 Visiting Writers

  • Daemond Arrindell

     The English Department welcomes Daemond Arrindell back to Seattle University in Fall 2014 to teach Slam Poetry (ENGL 3910-02).

    Daemond Arrindell is a poet, performer, and teaching artist. Faculty member of Freehold Theatre and co-facilitator of poetry and theater residencies at Monroe Correctional Complex for men since 2006; Writer-In-Residence through Seattle Arts & Lectures' Writers in the Schools Program; and in the fall of 2012, he taught Seattle University’s first course in Slam Poetry.

    He has performed in venues across the country and has been repeatedly commissioned by both Seattle and Bellevue Arts Museums. In 2013, he was selected for “13 for ‘13,” a joint project between the Seattle Times and KUOW profiling thirteen influential people in Seattle’s art scene.

    Daemond will return to Seattle University this coming fall to teach another installment of "Slam Poetry." At the heart of it, Slam is the art of Spoken Word poetry presented in a competitive format. Spoken Word poetry is the craft of writing and the art of performance melded together. Daemond truly enjoys taking part in the journey of a piece of writing from the inception of its first word to the point where it is brought to life through a full-bodied performance. He believes that a poem is never finished til it is shared aloud. Performing a poem, simply takes it to an even grander scale.

    Kathleen Flenniken

    FlennikenThe English Department welcomes Kathleen Flenniken back to Seattle University in Winter 2015 to teach Writing Lyric Poetry (ENGL 3150-01).

    Kathleen Flenniken is the author of two poetry collections, Famous (University of Nebraska Press, 2006), named a Notable Book by the American Library Association and winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize, and Plume (University of Washington Press, 2012), a personal examination of the Hanford Nuclear Site and winner of the 2013 Washington State Book Award and finalist for the William Carlos Williams Prize from the Poetry Society of America. Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including The Ecopoetry Anthology, A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poems, and Pushcart Prize XXXVI: Best of the Small Presses. In addition to her MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific Lutheran University, Kathleen holds two degrees in engineering. She is returning guest faculty to Seattle University, and teaches in Seattle public schools through arts agencies like Writers in the Schools and the Jack Straw Foundation and publishes Washington State poets as an editor at Floating Bridge Press. As the 2012 – 2014 Washington State Poet Laureate, Kathleen brought poetry programs to all 39 counties.

    Maged Zaher

    Maged Zaher is the author of If Reality Doesn't Work Out (SplitLevel Text Press, 2014), Thank You for the Window Office (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2012), The Revolution Happened and You Didn't Call Me (Tinfish Press, 2012), and Portrait of the Poet as an Engineer (Pressed Wafer, 2009). His collaborative work with the Australian poet Pam Brown, Farout Library Software, was published by Tinfish Press in 2007. His translations of contemporary Egyptian poetry have appeared in Jacket Magazine, Banipal, and Denver Quarterly, and forthcoming as a book: The Tahrir of Poems, from Alice Blue Review in 2014. He performed his work at Subtext, Bumbershoot, the Kootenay School of Writing, St. Marks Project, Evergreen State College, and The American University in Cairo. Maged is the recipient of the 2013 Genius Award in Literature from the Seattle weekly The Stranger.