Meet Your Instructor


Michael Baumann

Authentic Authoring and Confessional Writing

Michael Baumann is an assistant professor of communication and speech and debate coach at Marian University in Indianapolis, a city where he's headlined at more than 20 performance poetry venues and taught workshops to poets of every age. Other than saying it to people, he's never published a poem, which is his 2020 aim. Michael is also very gifted at piano.


Kristi Maxwell

To The Letter: Affecting Big Change in Your Poetry with the Smallest Details

Kristi Maxwell is the author of seven books of poems, including My My (Saturnalia Books, 2020); Realm Sixty-four, editor's choice for the Sawtooth Poetry Prize; Hush Sessions, editor's choice for the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize; and Re-, finalist for the National Poetry Series. She's an assistant professor of English at the University of Louisville.

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Nancy McCabe

Writing & Healing

Nancy McCabe directs the writing program at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and teaches in the low residency MFA program at the Spalding University School of Creative and Professional Writing. Her work has received a Pushcart and been recognized eight times on Best American Notable Lists. She is the author of four previous books of nonfiction and a novel. She lives in Bradford, PA.


Keith McGill

Beginning Monologue Writing; Found Poetry

Keith McGill is an actor and director, most recently having directed "Ghost" for Stage One Children’s Theatre. Keith also acted in STAGE ONE’s production of "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing," and he has appeared as Bob Bradley in "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever." He is also a free-lance teaching artist for Commonwealth Theatre Center (CTC), Actors Theatre, and ArtsReach, among others. As a playwright, Keith created "Nation In Crisis," an educational one-person presentation of major moments in the Civil Rights Movement. He is currently working on another one-person piece—"Laundry On New Year's Day." Keith is also a facilitator with Shakespeare Behind Bars and a stand-up comedian, performing in clubs and theatres across the country.


Tytianna Wells

Reflections & Mirrors: Writing and Publishing Your Memoir!

Tytianna N.M. Wells, CEO and Founder of Honey Tree Publishing, LLC is the author of 8 books including the four volume children's book series "Sweet Pea and Sugar Tea's Country Family Adventures: A collection of African-American poems," "The Bridge Kids: An African heritage family activity book," and "The Healing Tree: A book of poetry, prose, meditations and affirmations." Tytianna's two latest releases include  "When Hip Hop Met Poetry: An Urban Love Story" and "#Am I Next?: A poetic movement for political reform and Black liberation." "When Hip Hop Met Poetry" is a memoir, song, and short film about Tytianna's life as a teenager and survivor.  "#Am I Next?" is a selection of poetry about the 2020 pandemic and revolution. Tytianna travels internationally as an author, poet, motivational speaker, and educator. Currently, she is a PhD Candidate in Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Louisville’s College of Education and Human Development. 

Twitter: @HoneyTreePub  Instagram: tytiannawellsbooks

Katy Yocom

How You Make Me Feel: Writing Emotion in Fiction & Nonfiction,

Creative Self Care

Katy Yocom was born and raised in Atchison, Kansas. Her debut novel, Three Ways to Disappear, won the Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature, the First Horizon Award, and the Micro Press Award and was named a Barnes & Noble Top Indie Favorite. To research the novel, she traveled to India, funded by a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation. The book’s release made the front page of the Jaipur Times. Katy was a 2019 recipient of the Al Smith Fellowship Award for artistic excellence from the Kentucky Arts Council. She has written for Newsweek, Salon, LitHub, American Way (the American Airlines magazine), The Louisville Review,, and elsewhere. A graduate of the MFA in Writing program at Spalding University, she lives in Louisville and serves as associate director of the low-residency graduate programs of Spalding’s School of Creative and Professional Writing.


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