Melisa (Misha) Cahnmann-Taylor


Athens, GA
Georgia US

Author's Bio

MELISA "Misha" CAHNMANN-TAYLOR is the author of Imperfect Tense (White Point Press, 2016), and and co-author of two books, Teachers Act Up: Creating Multicultural Learning Communities Through Theatre (Teachers College Press, 2010) and Arts-Based Research in Education (Routledge, 2008; second edition in press). She is poetry editor for Anthropology & Humanism and judges the journal’s annual ethnographic poetry competition. A graduate of the New England College low-residency MFA program and the University of Pennsylvania’s Educational Linguistics doctoral program, Cahnmann-Taylor is currently Professor of Language and Literacy Education at the University of Georgia. Her numerous poems, essays, and articles about language learning have appeared in the Georgia Review, American Poetry Review, Women’s Quarterly Review, Cream City Review, Barrow Street, Puerto Del Sol, Mom Egg, Anthropology and Humanism, Language Arts, TESOL Journal, and many other literary and scholarly homes. Winner of the NEA “Big Read” Grants (Robinson Jeffers, 2015 and Edgar Allan Poe, 2016), she posts events and updates at her blog

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Publications & Prizes

Imperfect Tense (Whitepoint Press, 2016)
Prizes won: 

Beckman Award for Professors Who Inspire; Fulbright Scholar Award; NEA Big Read Awards; Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize Winner.

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Alicia Ostriker, Robin Becker, Yehuda Amichai, Jane Hirschfield, Sharon Olds, Jericho Brown, Dorianne Laux, Michelle Boisseau, Sandra Cisneros
What I'm reading now: 
Interviews by Gloria E. Anzaldúa, Writing Poems (Eighth Edition) by Michelle Boisseau, Hadara Bar-Nadav, Robert Wallace, Jericho Brown by Testament, Suck on Marrow by Camille Dungy

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Chicago, IL
Raised in: 
Des Plaines, IL
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Last update: May 01, 2019