Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg is the 2009-13 Kansas Poet Laureate, a writer, teacher, and facilitator, and coach and consultant who explores how the spoken, written and sung word can help us live more vibrant lives. Founder of Transformative Language Arts at Goddard College, where she taught for 23 years, Caryn is the author or editor of over 20 books of poetry, fiction, memoir, non-fiction, and anthologies. A registered songwriter with BMI, her poetry and prose has been published widely. 

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg is a visionary. She bases her writing within communities for community empowerment. I cannot tell how strongly I feel that we are lucky to have her here for her significant and sustained contributions to the word arts. - Denise Low, 2007-09 Kansas Poet Laureate

As a beloved workshop facilitator, she has led workshops since 1992 for adults in transition, people living with serious illness, and intergenerational and multi-cultural groups. She co-leads writing and singing retreats and performances with singer-songwriter Kelley Hunt through Brave Voice. She also offers writing and right livelihood coaching, and with Laura Packer, teaches Transformative Language Art Network's Your Right Livelihood Training. 

Caryn was born in Brooklyn, NY, and grew up there as well as in Manalapan, NJ until she headed west to study journalism at the University of Missouri, where she got a labor history degree instead. She continued west on I-70 to Lawrence, Kansas, where she fell in love with the land, community, and her husband. Caryn received her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas, and she has trained in organizational development and group process, grassroots organizing, poetry therapy, and teaching yoga. She is the recipient of Kansas Arts Fellowship in Poetry, the Rocky Mountain National Park artist-in-residency, and other honors.

Caryn lives in the country, just south of Lawrence, Kansas with her husband, bioregional writer Ken Lassman, Shay the dog, two intrepid cats, and young adult children who visit to the delight of all the humans and animals.

Caryn in the News

Caryn’s publications and workshops have been featured in the Boston Herald, Huffington Post, Psychology Today, Kansas City Star, Washington Post, Paris Herald, Syracuse Herald-Journal, Writers Weekly, Scholastic, Seventeen, The Jewish Chronicle, and strangely enough, Cosmo Girl. 

Interviews, Features & Reviews (partial list):

Selected Venues and Communities

Organizations & Businesses: Turning Point, KS.; 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; Delaware Street Commons Cohousing, KS; Douglas County Housing Authority, KS.; Kansas Historical Museum, Topeka.

Colleges: State University of New York at Potsdam, Truman State University, University of Kansas, Goddard College, Pittsburg State University, Johnson County Community College, Brookdale Community College, Lebanon Community College, Haskell Indian Nations University, Naugatuck Valley Community College.

Medical Centers: Walter Reed Military Medical Center, The Menninger’s Foundation, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Stormont-Vail Medical Center, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, University of Kansas Medical Center.

Conferences: The Power of Words, 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.

Other Venues: Libraries throughout the Midwest, bookstores, community centers and more across the country; book tours in Kansas, Vermont, Missouri, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Wisconsin, New Jersey, New York, Florida, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, and other states.

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