Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg is the 2009-2013 Poet Laureate of Kansas, and a long-time transformative language artist. As a poet, fiction and non-fiction writer, teacher, mentor, and facilitator, she explores and celebrates how the spoken, written and sung word can help us live more meaningful and vibrant lives. Founder of Transformative Language Arts at Goddard College (where she teaches), she values social and personal transformation through the spoken, written and sung word.

Caryn’s books include:

Additionally, she has written three other collections of poetry, an award-winning writing guide, and edited anthologies by people living with serious illness, and low-income women of color. Her poetry and prose has been published in dozens of literary journals, magazines and anthologies. Her blog, “Everyday Magic,” focuses on finding greater meaning and joy in life, and she regularly writes for the Huffington Post.

As a beloved workshop facilitator with extensive experience she has led workshops since 1992 for  adults in transition, people living with serious illness, intergenerational groups, ecological groups, teens and children, and multi-cultural communities. She also offers writing and singing workshops and performances with singer-songwriter Kelley Hunt through their business, Brave Voice. With her husband, Ken Lassman, Caryn also leads trainings of effective meetings and group process, and facilitates meetings for community groups, cooperatives, and businesses.

Caryn was born in Brooklyn, NY, and grew up there as well as in Manalapan, NJ until she headed west to study journalism at the University of Missouri (where she earned a history degree instead). She continued west on I-70 to Kansas City, MO, and then Lawrence, KS. Caryn received her Ph.D. and MA from the University of Kansas (poetry, women’s studies, mythology), and she is certified or extensively trained in grassroots organizing from the Midwest Academy, poetry therapy from the National Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy, and group process and facilitation from the bioregional movement. She is the recipient of Kansas Arts Fellowship in Poetry, the Rocky Mountain National Park artist-in-residency, the City of Lawrence Phoenix Award, and other honors. She is also a yoga teacher with 200 hours training, and certified in Curvy Yoga.

Caryn lives in the country, just south of Lawrence, Kansas with her husband, bioregional writer Ken Lassman, Shay the dog, and two intrepid cats. For more information, a complete CV or questions email Caryn Mirriam Goldberg

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