Woogee Bae

Woogee Bae

Donor Relations Associate

I am SAL’s Donor Relations Associate, which means I foster long-lasting relationships with our supporters and show our appreciation for their generosity and care. Before I came to SAL, I was a student for many years (most recently as an MFA candidate at UW Bothell) and an intern with the small press, Wave Books. My favorite book as a child was Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and I’ve carried it with me through the years. I always enjoyed Alice’s endless curiosity and Carroll’s playful use of language, which taught me to ask (too many) questions and find comfort within nonsense. When I’m not at SAL, I can be found assembling elaborate cheese boards, taste testing the seasonal flavors at Frankie & Jo’s, snacking my way through the Capitol Hill Farmer’s Market, editing an ecopoetics journal I started, hand binding journals, and taking pictures of all the snails I encounter. On an ideal Sunday, I would order coffee at the Espresso Vivace Sidewalk Bar, stroll over to the Capitol Hill Farmer’s Market to pick up some king oyster mushrooms and piping hot donuts, people watch at Cal Anderson or Volunteer Park, eat a ton of oysters, swap out old flowers with new for my apartment, and end the day with late night happy hour at Momiji. In summary, most everything would be food-related. My favorite book right now is Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictee, which is an experimental prose-poetry text that interrogates citizenship, linguistic potential, and gender. The first time I read it, I didn’t quite understand it and felt very put off by it, but it’s really challenged my thinking and approach to the world.