Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, PhD, CPT

Poet Laureate of Kansas, Professor at Goddard College

Caryn was the Poet Laureate of Kansas from 2009-2012, and is the author of 14 books, including a novel, The Divorce Girl; a non-fiction book, Needle in the Bone: How a Holocaust Survivor and Polish Resistance Fighter Beat the Odds and Found Each Other ; The Sky Begins At Your Feet: A Memoir on Cancer, Community and Coming Home to the Body; the anthologies An Endless Skyway: Poetry from the State Poets Laureate and Begin Again: 150 Kansas Poems and four poetry collections. Caryn is the founder of Transformative Language Arts, a master's program in social and personal transformation through the written, spoken and sung word, at Goddard College where she teaches.  She also leads writing workshops widely, and with singer Kelley Hunt, offers writing and singing retreats. Caryn is also a breast cancer survivor who has been teaching writing workshops at Turning Point since 2003.