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Instructors 2017

Kate Gray Kate Gray

Kate Gray's passion is being a teacher, a writing coach, and a volunteer writing facilitator with women inmates and women veterans. She is the author of three poetry collections, and her first novel, Carry the Sky stares at bullying without blinking.
 
Geof Morgan Geof Morgan

Geof Morgan was raised in New England and spent nine years in Nashville, Tennessee as a commercial songwriter, writing for Barbara Mandrell and Ronnie Milsap before moving to Bellingham in 1982. He recorded four albums of folk-country style songs for the pro-feminist men's movement between 1981 and 1988 and has continued to play music and write songs while spending the last 28 years working as a community organizer. "We write what we need to hear in our own voice."
 
Marie Eaton Marie Eaton

Why write? Why write a memoir? Because we have to! Some story pushing to be expressed just won't leave us alone. Memoir writing is both the rush of the memory longing to be captured, and also the time spent crafting this memory into a story to share with others. My current writing takes many forms - stories to gather in the memories of earlier years, songs to capture images or emotions, laments for our sweet planet, and proposals to inspire us to create a palliative community of excellence. I taught writing in all these forms at Fairhaven College for many years, and now am Director of the Palliative Care Initiative, and I love helping others find the tools and strategies to find their own passions and the voice to express them.
 
Daneen Wardrop Daneen Wardrop

When I was a young adult I got a hand-me-down box of books from my grandmother, and among them was a book of Emily Dickinson poems. Even though the poems were "normalized" (they'd been stripped of their strange capitalizations and wild dashes), I knew she was for me, and her verse made a crook in the road I haven't been able-happily-to uncrook. My first career-decade was devoted to playing guitar and my second decades to teaching and writing. I believe everyone has a voice (or voices!), and the process of writing has to do with finding a way to bring that voice into the world, and to catch those words while they're most frisky. My most recent book, Cyclorama, is a collection of poems written in the voices of the Civil War era. And Dickinson remains a kind of an invisible tattoo I carry with me.
Daneen is the author of three books of poetry, The Odds of Being, Cyclorama, and Life as It (forthcoming this fall); several books of literary history, including Civil War Nurse Narratives; and teaches American literature at Western Michigan University.