Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, 2009-13 Kansas Poet Laureate, is a poet, writer, and founder of Transformative Language Arts at Goddard College (where she teaches) writes poetry, fiction, memoirs, and songs. She leads writing workshops widely, offers one-on-one writing coaching, and roams the prairies as a visiting scholar. Catch Caryn's free monthly newsletter here. She pictured here with her administrative assistant, Shay.

Connect with Caryn

Read Caryn's Words in Everyday Magic, her blog, essays and interviews, and books of poetry, fiction, memoir, and anthologies, including her newest book, Miriam's Well.

Join a Writing Workshop: Caryn bi-monthly retreats for people living with serious illness (as patients or caregivers) through Turning Point in Kansas City, take an online writing workshop, or attend "A Leap Forward Workshop."

Come to an Event: Caryn teaches classes through the Osher Institute, leads talks through the Kansas Humanities Council, and meets with people widely.

Find Your Brave Voice: Join Kelley Hunt and Caryn for Brave Voice: Writing & Singing for Your Life.

Coach with Caryn: Caryn offers coaching on writing, the writing life, and right livelihood, and finishing your book.

Create Your Own Right Livelihood Through the Arts  through the Transformative Language Arts Network's Right Livelihood Professional Training with Laura Packer and Caryn, July - Oct., 2019.

Earn Your MA at the Goddard Graduate Institute where Caryn and other fine people teach students in self-designed, low-residency (study from your home community, and attend two week-long residencies each year) degrees in Transformative Language Arts, Health Arts & Sciences, Social Innovation and Sustainability, Consciousness Studies, and Individualized Studies

Bring Caryn to Your Community: Have Caryn present a workshop, talk, reading, or collaborative event in your community.

Catch Caryn's NewsletterReceive a pithy newsletter each month with a writing prompt, featured writer, and news of upcoming workshops, readings, and happenings.

Surprise Lilies: Everyday Magic, Day 948

Here is a poem about this moment's offering all around where I live. May this election day bring us lovely and happy surprises too.   Surprise Lilies Green shots, pink ribbons in the alley lining the dumpster or the driveway around the broken mowers, past moving out date, before school buses in the open slash between the heat that levels us and the storms on the next page of the horizon. When you don't know, when you're lost, when there's nowhere to stand there they are, never bent or expected. They thrive on what you've forgotten about, given away or [...] Read More

From Your Alley to My Kitchen: Everyday Magic, Day 947

The last few days of July are truly Christmas for All in the Alleys. Because this is a college town with a whole lot of students, too-well equipped by their fretting parents with stuff they won't use, and these students move out in a hurry when much of our rental housing turns over August 1 each year, you can shop the alleys for home and hearth this week. Sometimes I know what I'm looking for and I find it: a new vacuum, easy chair, throw pillows, or various electronic equipment which may or may not work (if broken, I return [...] Read More

I’m in Love With a Great Lake: Everyday Magic, Day 946

I'm in love with Lake Superior, and the more I visit, the deeper I fall. Not only is this the greatest of the Great Lakes, containing 10% of all the fresh water on earth, but it's wildly ancient, mysteriously mutable, and stunningly gorgeous in all its colors and moods. Having just perched on the side of the lake in a cabin for a week, once again, I saw this inland sea turn pink, gray, navy blue, baby blue, black, brown, orange at the edges at sunrise, and purple in the center at sunset. Always in motion, the waves incessant, this [...] Read More

On the Cusp of the Vacation: Everyday Magic, Day 945

I'm lucky. I get to go on a vacation, not something everyone has the privilege of doing so that they can enter into a great un-doing or other-the-usual-doings in a new or old place. For us, it's a particularly ancient place, on the cool shores of Lake Superior (truly superior!) by way of Ames, Iowa tonight, where we will luxuriate in temperatures 10 degrees cooler than the holy hell of the weather here, then Minneapolis, which is cool in multiple ways. At this moment, the car is packed except for the vitamins, which would melt. The gas tank is full. [...] Read More

Annual Pilgrimage to Our Patron Saint: Mary Chapin Carpenter: Everyday Magic, Day 944

"Show a little inspiration, show a little spark," Mary Chapin Carpenter sings in her song "The Hard Way." Kelley Hunt, one of my beloveds and my songwriting partner, happily obliged her by summoning up the inspiration and spark to strap ourselves into my peanut-butter-colored car so we can once again worship at her feet and replenish our songwriting well. This year we trekked to Wichita for a long day's night to the Wabi Sabi (beautiful, decaying, and full of soul and vibrancy) Orpheum Theater to see  this shining soul sing some of the greatest songs we know, such as "Stones in the Road," [...] Read More

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