Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken Joins Faculty for Winter Quarter

Written by Laura Paskin
December 18, 2014

Kathleen Flenniken joins the English department faculty for the winter quarter 2015 to teach Writing Lyric Poetry.The 2012-14 Washington State Poet Laureate is the author of two poetry collections, Famous, named a Notable Book by the American Library Association and winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize, and Plume, 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.

Flenniken's 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, Flenniken holds two degrees in engineering.

Flenniken 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.

The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 42 undergraduate major degrees, 37 minors, and 6 master's degrees. The English Department offers degrees in literature, creative writing, film studies, and writing studies.