Serena Chopra, PhD

Serena Chopra, PhD

PhD, Creative Writing and English Literature

Assistant Professor

Phone: 206-296-5420

Building/Room: Casey 510-04



Serena Chopra is a teacher, writer, dancer, filmmaker, soundscape designer and a visual and performance artist. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Denver, an MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder and was a 2011-2013 Redline artist in Residence, a 2016-2017 Fulbright Scholar (Bangalore, India), and has received a month-long artist residency at Understudy Denver for September 2020. She has two books, This Human (Coconut Books 2013) and Ic (Horse Less Press 2017), as well as two films, Dogana/Chapti (2018, winner of ArtHyve's Archives as Muse Film grant, Official Selection at FrameLine, Oregon Documentary Film Festival, Seattle Queer Film Festival and Cinema Diverse) and Mother Ghosting (2018). She is an 8-year company member with Evolving Doors Dance and was recently a featured artist in Harper's Bazaar (India) as well as in the Denver Westword’s “100 Colorado Creatives.” She has forthcoming or recent publications in Foglifter and Matters of Feminist Practice (Belladonna). Serena is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Seattle University. You can find out more at

Teaching Interests

My pedagogical approach historiographically and cross-disciplinarily contextualizes writing/creative-vision, poetics and theory in order to engage students with inspired lineages and a contemporary scope for their critical and creative work. I believe that invested readers make invested writers, and that evolving within the art of writing means to grapple with previous explorations of craft, content, vision and aesthetics. Rather than emphasizing rules towards technical perfection, I guide students through their own poetic and visionary concerns, concentrating on strengthening creativity, voice and critical perspectives. I encourage students to engage multi-disciplinary experiments and practices, guiding them to encounter their creative visions as dynamic, expressive potential.

  • Poetry and Poetics
  • Memoir and Hybrid Texts
  • Creative Writing Workshop
  • Women’s, Gender and Queer Studies
  • Queer Poetics and Studies in Marginalization
  • Documentary Poetics
  • Asian-American Poetry
  • Interdisciplinary, Hybrid and Performance Studies
  • Modernism and Postmodernism
  • Historiography of Poetic Theory and Thought
  • Critical Theory