Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg is the 2009-2013 Kansas Poet Laureate. She is a poet, writer, teacher, and writing facilitator with over 30 years behind the pen. She coordinates the Transformative Language Arts program at Goddard College, where she teaches.
She is currently busy writing songs with Kelley Hunt, she blogs “Everyday Magic,” yoga columns, and she writes fiction, poetry, non-fiction, memoir and more. Her recent books including Following the Curve (yoga poetry), Everyday Magic: Field Notes on the Mundane and Miraculous, Chasing Weather: Tornadoes, Tempest, and Thunderous Skies in Word and Image (with weather chaser photographer Stephen Locke), Needle in the Bone: A Holocaust Survivor and Polish Resistance Fighter Beat the Odds and Find Friendship (Potomac Press). The rest of her 19 books include collections of poetry, the novel The Divorce Girl, anthologies, and a bioregional memoir on cancer and community, The Sky Begins at Your Feet. Her poetry and prose are published in over 50 journals, magazines and anthologies.In addition to writing, Caryn has a deep interest in music and art. Her songs co-written with Kelley Hunt have been performed by Hunt and the Kelley Hunt Band on Hunt’s recordings, and around the world, including on Prairie Home Companion. Caryn has been quietly songwriting for piano since a young age, and she dabbles in the cello.
Her performance pieces include, with Kelley Hunt and the 940 Dancers, “Dangerous Curves: Breast Cancer Awareness” and “Dangerous Curves II: Surviving and Thriving.” She regularly collaborates on performances with both Kelley Hunt and dancer Laura Ramberg, and has participated in and organized numerous collaborations over two decades, with dancers, musicians, and artists.
Caryn has a PhD in literature with specialties in poetry and mythology, and she’s a certified poetry therapist. She was awarded the 2006-2008 Kansas Arts Commission Fellowship for Poetry, the Rocky Mountain National Park artist-in-residency for 2005, the National Association for Poetry Therapy education award, the City of Lawrence Phoenix Award for literary excellence, among other awards. Her poetry and prose are published in over 50 literary journals and anthologies, and she gives frequent readings.
Caryn facilitates workshops on writing, callings and right livelihood, writing as a spiritual practice, ecopoetics, and other topics at conferences, retreat centers, community centers and gatherings. She is also passionate about yoga as a way of reinhabiting the body. Caryn helped found the Transformative Language Arts Network, the Continental Bioregional Congress, and the Kansas Area Watershed Council. She has also worked as a community organizer, conference organizer, and journalist.