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Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg is the 2009-2012 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), and facilitator of Brave Voice workshops, she values social and personal transformation through the spoken, written and sung word. She has written six books.

Additionally, she has written three 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 daily blog, "Everyday Magic," focuses on finding greater meaning and joy in life, and she writes a weekly column on yoga and writing for The Magazine of Yoga.

As a beloved workshop facilitator with extensive experience she has led workshops for over 16 years adults in transition, people living with physical or mental illness, intergenerational groups, the Kansas City Latino community, 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. The songs Caryn and Kelley co-write are performed by Kelley and her band in the U.S., and Europe.

Caryn received her Ph.D. and MA from the University of Kansas (poetry, women's studies, mythology), and she is certified in grassroots organizing from the Midwest Academy, and poetry therapy from the National Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy. 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.

Caryn lives in the country, just south of Lawrence, Kansas with her husband, bioregional writer Ken Lassman, and their children. In addition to writing, she practices yoga and cello.