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Literary Journal of Bellevue College


Belletrist, the literary journal of Bellevue College, presents a discussion that examines the growth of online publications and provides insight for writers looking to gain a toehold. In recent months major print literary magazines have shuttered their doors completely (GlimmerTrain, Tin House) or abandoned their print issues for strictly online content (Seattle Review). Online content ...more about Belletrist

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Matt Baume

Writer, Podcaster, Pop Culture Critic, Podcast co-creator


Matt Baume a writer, podcaster, and pop culture critic based in Seattle whose work focuses on queer culture, geeks, and all things strange and wonderful. He's the co-creator of the podcast and live show Queens of Adventure, as well as the interview show The Sewers of Paris, the YouTube pop culture series Culture Cruise, and ...more about Matt Baume

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Scott (Scobot) Bennett

Digital Artist


Scobot creates immersive, virtual reality art. Combining years of professional experience in painting, sculpture, and video art with game engine technology, his work allows viewers to explore and experience abstract compositions through virtual reality hardware. The Pacific Science Center (Seattle, WA) licensed his work for display and he is Artist-in-Residence at the University of Washington ...more about Scott (Scobot) Bennett

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Kelly Campelia

Film Maker, VR Creator


Kelly Campelia is an award-winning filmmaker and VR creator. In 2018 she won Best Short Film at the Oregon Independent Film Festival for "You and Me, Me and You" which she co-wrote and edited. She also wrote, directed and produced "Dark Shapes", a short animated and interactive VR experience which is currently showcasing as part of a Science Fiction ...more about Kelly Campelia

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Throughout his academic and professional career, Ramon Concepcion has contributed to the advancement of cultural competency, student leadership development, and other culturally relevant programs to recruit, support, and motivate first generation Latinx/a/o students in their pursuit of higher education. For the last 10 years, Mr. Concepcion’s passion for working with underrepresented students in Academia and ...more about Ramon Concepcion

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Kimya Dawson



Kimya Dawson is a Grammy winning, platinum selling singer songwriter most widely known for her work on the JUNO soundtrack and her former band, The Moldy Peaches. She has released 6 solo albums, including a children’s album “Alphabutt”. She has been featured in Rolling Stone, Spin, Entertainment Weekly, NY Times, NME, Q, AOL, etc.   She has ...more about Kimya Dawson

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Casey Duanu



Casey Dunau writes for the SB Nation blog, Sounder at Heart, and produces The Athlete’s Playlist podcast. Casey has also written for and What’s Up! Magazine. He considers being listed as a source on Wikipedia’s Kanye West Discography page as his biggest journalist accomplishment

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Diana Fairbank

Presenter, Writer, Director, Producer, Actor, Voiceover Artist, VR Creator


Diana has more than 35 years experience working in arts nonprofits membership on arts boards; festival production; audio and video production; and filmmaking, as a writer/director/producer/actor, 15 years as a voiceover artist with her own home studio, a pioneer in the field of live streaming video, and now 3 years of VR content creation as ...more about Diana Fairbank

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Public Art


Gretchen Burger and Sandy Cioffi make up fearles360º - a creative agency working at the intersections of public art, public benefit R+D, old and new technologies, education, and community experience and engagement design.  fearless360º are the founders and producers of SIFFX, TWIST360º, NFFTYX and Creative Exchange Lab,  a public research, education and exhibition initiative facilitating investment in the intersection of public art+public interest technology with open-source, collectively-owned research.  Learn more at ...more about Fearless360º

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Kelly Froh



Kelly Froh was born in Sheboygan, WI in 1974. She graduated from Emily Carr University of Art & Design in 2006 with a BFA in Fine Arts. She has self-published many mini-comics and zines including the all-comics magazine "The Weeknight Casserole Collection" and the Ignatz-nominated “Stew Brew” (in collaboration with her partner Max Clotfelter). Her ...more about Kelly Froh

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Michael Gelon

VR Creator, Digital Media Specialist


Michael Gelon is a digital media specialist currently working on XR Prototyping at Tosolini Productions. Leveraging an educational background of anthropology and human-centered design, he envisions the future of spatial & immersive computing. Michael enjoys taking new technology and using it to inspire others to create- recently he is working with the Magic Leap One ...more about Michael Gelon

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Ken Jennings

American game show contestant, Author


Kenneth Wayne Jennings III is an American game show contestant and author. Jennings holds the record for the longest winning streak on the U.S. syndicated game show Jeopardy! and as being the second highest-earning contestant in game show history.

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2016 Jack Straw Fellow, Artist Trust Fellow, and nominee for a Stranger Genius Award, Robert Lashley has had poems published in such journals as Feminete, Seattle Review of Books, NAILED, Gramma, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, and The Cascadia Review. His work was also featured in Many Trails to the Summit, an anthology of Northwest ...more about Robert Lashely

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Torrey Pines is a stop-motion animated feature film by director Clyde Petersen. Based on a true story, the film is a queer punk coming-of-age tale, taking place in Southern California in the early 1990’s. Raised by a schizophrenic single mother, Petersen's life story unfolds in a series of baffling and hallucinated events. With a mother fueled by hallucinations ...more about Torrey Pines – Film

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Daniel Rasmus

Author, Poet, Teaching Faculty


Daniel W. Rasmus, a 2005 Pushcart nominee, is the author of Sketches of Spain and Other Poems, Management by Design, Listening to the Future and Rethinking Smart Objects, and How to Escape and Alien. Rasmus was the architect of Cyberlife! and a contributor to Understanding Artificial Intelligence. His poems have appeared in Indiana Review, Barrow ...more about Daniel Rasmus

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Andy Romine

VR Creator, Visual Effects and Animation Artists


Andy Romine is a veteran visual effects and animation artist with an award-winning career at leading film studios including Walt Disney, DreamWorks, and Sony Pictures. You can see his work on movies such as Big Hero 6, How to Train your Dragon, and Avengers: Infinity War. Andy also writes fiction, screenplays, and games. You can ...more about Andy Romine

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Quintard Taylor

Keynote Speaker, Historian, Author


From 1998 until 2018, QUINTARD TAYLOR was the Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Professor of American History at the University of Washington, Seattle and as such he held the oldest endowed chair at the University. He is now retired and holds the title, the Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Professor Emeritus. Taylor is the author of The ...more about Quintard Taylor

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Azura Tyabji

Poet, Organizer, Educator, National Youth Poety Laureate Ambassador


"Azura Mizan Tyabji is a poet, organizer, and educator. She writes from the perspective of a young queer woman of Black and Indian descent living in Seattle, Washington, and currently serves as her city's Youth Poet Laureate (YPL)l What motivates every aspect of her artistic practice is a love for community, justice, and healing. Poetry ...more about Azura Tyabji

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Erin Wilcox

Short story writer, Blogger, Fiction reviewer


Erin Wilcox is a Pushcart Prize –nominated short story writer, blogger for Amazing Stories, and a fiction reviewer for The Rumpus. The former nonfiction editor for the online journal Drunken Boat, she now curates Microsoft's Research channel on Medium, bringing the team's stories to the public.

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About Floating Bridge Press Our Vision Floating Bridge Press publishes Washington State poets whose writing engages individuals, enriches communities, and enlivens the arts. Our Mission Floating Bridge Press is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit literary arts organization, founded in 1994. Floating Bridge Press promotes the diverse voices of Washington State poets through an annual poetry chapbook competition, archival-quality books, ...more about Floating Bridge Press

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Rena Priest

Poet and performer


Rena Priest is a poet and performer. Her first book, Patriarchy Blues (MoonPath Press, 2017) received an American Book Award through the Before Columbus Foundation.She has recently been a Sustainable Arts Fellow at Mineral School Artist Residency, and her poem "Quiet Children" was nominated for a 2017 Pushcart Prize. She is a Lummi tribal member, ...more about Rena Priest

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Natasha Moni



A first-generation American born to native Dutch and Indian parents, Natasha Kochicheril Moni is a licensed naturopathic doctor in WA State. A 2018 Jack Straw Writer, Natasha’s publication credits include Magma, The Rumpus, Entropy, one full-length poetry collection (The Cardiologist’s Daughter, Two Sylvias Press, 2014) and two poetry chapbook collections (Lay Down Your Fleece, Shirt ...more about Natasha Moni