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Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer, Poet, Spoken Word Artist
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg is the 2009-2013 Poet Laureate of Kansas, and the author or editor of 16 books, including four collections of poetry, a memoir, a novel, a beloved writing guide, and many anthologies. Founder of Transformative Language Arts at Goddard College, where she teaches, she also leads community writing workshops widely.
I am a novelist who is fascinated with creating flawed characters struggling to find themselves within the cultural constructs of gender, religion and sexuality. I love taking experiences that people think make them different (like religion or sexual preference) and showing how, at the core, the associated emotions and motivations are really universal.
I am a Kansan, interested in the history and creativity of our state. The young here are gifted and they need to be appreciated. This is what moves me.