Wendy Call

Assistant Professor of English

Wendy Call
Hauge Administration Building - Room 220-I
  • Professional
  • Biography


  • M.F.A., Bennington Writing Seminars, 2007
  • B.A., Oberlin College, 1990

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Creative Writing
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Literary Translation
  • Socially / Ecologically Engaged Literature
  • Editing and Publishing


  • No Word for Welcome: The Mexican Village Faces the Global Economy, (University of Nebraska Press, 2011) : View Book
  • (Co-editor) Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writer’s Guide from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University, (Penguin/Plume, 2007) : View Book


  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Poetry Translation, 2015
  • Individual Artist Grants from 4Culture of King County, WA, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013
  • CityArtist Grants/Awards from Seattle Mayor’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, 2006, 2010, and 2012
  • Best History / Political Book Award, for No Word for Welcome, International Latino Book Awards, 2012
  • Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) Awards from Artist Trust, 2006, 2009 and 2012
  • Artist Support Program Fellowship, Jack Straw Foundation, 2011
  • Grub Street National Book Prize for Nonfiction, 2011
  • Robert and Charlotte Baron Fellow, American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA, 2010
  • Excellence in Journalism Award, Washington Society of Professional Journalists, 2009
  • Katharine Winegarden Washburn Fellowship in Writing and Translation, Ragdale Foundation, 2009
  • Excellence in Journalism Award, Washington Society of Professional Journalists, 2009
  • Fellowship from the Fishtrap Writers’ Gathering, 2007
  • B. Frank Vogel Scholar in Nonfiction, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 2002
  • Institute of Current World Affairs Fellowship in Mexico, 2000-2002


Wendy Call is co-editor of the craft anthology Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers’ Guide (Penguin/Plume, 2007) and author of No Word for Welcome: The Mexican Village Faces the Global Economy (University of Nebraska Press, 2011). She has served as Writer in Residence at more than twenty institutions, including Harborview Medical Center, Richard Hugo House, New College of Florida, and five U.S. National Parks. She was the 2009 Distinguished Northwest Writer in Residence at Seattle University and 2011 Distinguished Writer in Residence at Cornell College. She also teaches in the BFA in Writing Program at Goddard College and at Centrum’s Port Townsend Writers’ Conference.

Her writing has appeared in six anthologies and more than fifty journals and magazines, including Georgia Review, ColorLines, Common-Place, Guernica, EcoAméricas, Orion, ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America, Terrain: A Journal of Built & Natural Environments, The Wilson Quarterly, and Yes! magazine. Her translations of Mexican poetry and short fiction have appeared in more than a dozen journals, including Cincinnati Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Nimrod International Journal, and the online editions of Kenyon Review and World Literature Today.

Her literary projects have been supported by 4Culture, Artist Trust, Jack Straw Foundation, K2 Foundation, Oberlin College Alumni Association, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Seattle CityArtist Program. Before becoming a full-time writer and editor in 2000, she worked for a decade as a grassroots organizer with social justice organizations in Boston and Seattle.