Meet Your Instructor
Reflect and Restore Through Writing
Susan Buttenweiser is the author of the short story collection, We Were Lucky with the Rain (Four Way Books). Her writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and appeared in numerous literary publications. She contributes news features regularly to Women’s Media Center and teaches creative writing at New York City public schools in high-poverty neighborhoods, with incarcerated women and older adults.
Dialogue: Speaking Life into Your Characters
Angela Jackson-Brown is an award-winning writer, poet, and playwright who teaches Creative Writing and English at Ball State University in Muncie, IN. She is the author of the novels Drinking From A Bitter Cup, and the forthcoming When Stars Rain Down (Thomas Nelson Press), a book of poetry, House Repairs (Negative Capability Press), and has published in numerous literary journals. Angela has written, co-written, and directed plays and musicals performed at the IndyFringe DivaFest, the Indiana Bicentennial Celebration at the Indiana Repertory Theatre, and OnyxFest in Indianapolis, IN. For more information about Angela, go to her website: www.angelajacksonbrown.com.
Being with Plants: Breath, Collaboration, and Poetry
Megan Kaminski is a poet and essayist—and the author of three books of poetry, Gentlewomen (Noemi, 2020), Deep City (Noemi Press, 2015), and Desiring Map (Coconut Books, 2012). Prairie Divination, her forthcoming illustrated collection of essays + oracle deck with artist L. Ann Wheeler, turns to the plants, animals, and geological features of the prairie ecosystem as guides for living in good relation to each other—and to re-aligning thinking towards kinship, community, and interdependence. An Associate Professor in English and Co-Director of the Global Grasslands CoLABorative at the University of Kansas, she specializes in poetry and poetics, plant studies, queer ecology, somatics, eco-arts practices, and the environmental humanities. Her work is informed by interdisciplinary research in social welfare, evolutionary biology, and philosophy, as well as previous work in the healing arts and at non-profit environmental organizations.
Playing with Story Structure
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.