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Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg's Accomplishments

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg's Accomplishments


Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg recently completed her four-year term as poet laureate of Kansas, during which time she successfully transitioned the position from the dismantled Kansas Arts Commission to the Kansas Humanities Council.

In the last year, she has seen four books come out: The Divorce Girl, a novel (Ice Cube Press); Needle in the Bone: How a Holocaust Survivor and Polish Resistance Fighter Beat the Odds and Found Each Other, non-fiction based on oral histories (Potamac Press); To the Stars Through Difficulties: A Kansas Renga in 150 Voices, an anthology recently named a Kansas Notable Book for 2013 (Mammoth Publications); and The Sky Keeps Turning to Light: A Renga from the Poets Laureate of America (Negative Capability Press).

Caryn continues to lead writing retreats and workshops for people with cancer and other serious illness at Turning Point: A Center for Healing and Hope in Kansas City, and many other community writing workshops around the country, including a recent class at The Loft in Minneapolis, where she also did a reading from The Divorce Girl.

Her collaborative retreat, Brave Voice: Writing and Singing for Your Life, with singer Kelley Hunt is now in its 9th year (, and Caryn's recent songs co-written with Hunt are on Hunt's CD Gravity Loves You.

Caryn regularly teaches writing classes focused on craft and passion through The Loft, and through the Transformative Language Arts Network (

She is a featured presenter at the Power of Words Conference, Oct. 11-13 near Philadelphia. She also blogs at her website ( and on writing and yoga at

She just finished a certification in Curvy Yoga for bodies of all shapes and sizes, and continues to teach yoga weekly.


Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg (IMA/HAS/SBC faculty) has been presenting on her book Needle in the Bone: How a Holocaust Survivor and Polish Resistance Fighter Beat the Odds and Found Each Other (Potamac Press, 2012) in Kansas City, throughout Kansas, New Jersey and Minnesota with more upcoming presentations in other states.

The anthology she edited, To the Stars Through Difficulties: A Kansas Renga in 150 Voices was just named a Kansas Notable Book for 2013, and she will be honored at the Kansas Book Festival in September.

She recently gave a reading from her novel The Divorce Girl at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, MN.


Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg was selected as Poet Laureate of Kansas, beginning a two-year term in July of 2009; in addition to giving readings and talks, she will be facilitating writing workshops, and training local writers, educators, community leaders, artists, etc. to lead ongoing writing circles throughout the state of Kansas.

She has three books published in 2009: The Sky Begins at Your Feet, a memoir on cancer, community and the earth; Landed, her forth collection of poetry; and My Tree of Life: Writing and Living Through Serious Illness, an anthology she's editing.

She organized the 6th annual Power of Words conference, which featured Julia Alvarez, Bread and Puppet, Kelley Hunt, Rick Jarow and others; gave readings in Kansas and Missouri; led facilitation workshops in Kansas and Tennessee; and presented writing workshops at Turning Point in Kansas City for people with serious illness, and in Lawrence, KS. on finding your calling.

She led, with Kelley Hunt, Brave Voice: Writing and Singing for Your Life, May 10-15, 2009 in the Flint Hills of Kansas.

An essay she wrote, "Love Leads Into Mystery: Raising a Child With Asperger’s" appears in the anthology, My Baby Rides the Short Bus: The Unabashedly Human Experience of Raising Kids with Disabilities (PM Press, 2009)

She continues to serve on the Transformative Language Arts Network Council, and the Continental Bioregional Congress Coordinating Council. She also started and now regularly contributes to several blogs - one on Goddard's MA in Individualized Studies Program (, as a Transformative Language Artist (, and her own blog (