Wendy Call

Associate Professor of English

Wendy Call

Office Location:Hauge Administration Building - Room 227-F

Status:On Sabbatical

  • 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 two-dozen 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 has also taught in the BFA in Writing Program at Goddard College, where she founded the online literary journal Duende, and at Centrum’s Port Townsend Writers’ Conference.

Her writing has appeared in ten anthologies and more than fifty journals and magazines, including Bellingham Review, Georgia Review, ColorLines, Common-Place, Guernica, EcoAméricas, Orion, ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America, Terrain: A Journal of Built & Natural Environments, and Yes! magazine. She also created the interactive literary map Sqebeqsed Stories, about a city park near her home in Seattle.

She has published her translations of Mexican poetry and short fiction 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 audio essays and video essays have been exhibited at national parks and art galleries in Florida and Washington State, as well as broadcast on national radio in Australia.

Wendy Call’s literary projects have been supported by 4Culture, Artist Trust, Jack Straw Foundation, Karen Hille Phillips Regency Advancement Awards, Oberlin College Alumni Association, National Endowment for the Arts, Seattle CityArtist Program, and Wang Center. Before joining PLU’s faculty in 2015, she worked for fifteen years as a freelance writer and editor. And before that, she worked for a decade as a grassroots organizer with social justice organizations in Boston and Seattle.