Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

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 and 24 books published, including:

Her poetry and prose are published in over 100 journals, magazines and anthologies, and her songs co-written with Kelley Hunt have been performed around the world. Caryn has been quietly songwriting since she was a kid, and she dabbles in the cello.

Caryn consults with organizations and businesses and coaches individuals on coaching, writing, and right livelihood. She facilitates workshops on writing, callings and right livelihood, and other topics at conferences, retreat centers, community centers and gatherings. With storyteller Laura Packer, she co-leads Your Right Livelihood, a training in doing the work you love, and she teaches online facilitation classes with writer Joy Roulier Sawyer.

She also has a PhD in literature and has trained in group process facilitation, poetry therapy, and teaching yoga.She 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.

Visit Caryn’s website and Facebook Page, and please follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Linkedin.

Workshops and Classes (a sampling)

  • University of Kansas, Osher Institute
  • Institute of Culture of Moreles, Cuernavaca, Mexico
  • Sky Island Alliance, AZ
  • The Community Mercantile management team, KS
  • The Guadalupe Center, Kansas City
  • The Loft Literary Center, MN
  • Kansas Historical Museum, Topeka.
  • Turning Point: The Center for Hope & Healing, Kansas City


  • Pittsburg State University
  • Emporia State University
  • State University of New York – Potsdam
  • Goddard College
  • Truman State University
  • Johnson County Community College (KS.)
  • Brookdale Community College (N.J.)
  • Lebanon Community College (N.H.)
  • Haskell Indian Nations University
  • Naugatuck Valley Community College (CT.)


  • Power of Words, Goddard College, Vermont
  • The Power of Words Annual Conference
  • International Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy
  • National Storytelling Network
  • Associated Writing Programs
  • Continental Bioregional Congress
  • National Association for Poetry Therapy
  • The Examined Life: Writing & the Art of Medicine
  • National Association of Drama Therapy
  • Poetry and Politics: A Gathering of Poets Laureate

Medical Centers

  • Walter Reed Military Medical Center
  • The Menninger’s Foundation
  • University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
  • Stormont-Vail Medical Center
  • University of Kansas Medical Center

Awards (partial list)

  • Poet Laureate of Kansas, 2009-2010
  • Kansas Artist Fellowship
  • National Association for Poetry Therapy Education Award
  • Independent Booksellers Association Midwest Pick
  • Kansas Notable Book Awards,
  • Rocky Mountain National Park Artist-in-Residence