2014 Conference on Poetry & Teaching Faculty: Meg Kearney

Meg Kearney

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Meg Kearney (pronounced “car-nee”) is author of two novels-in-verse for teens: The Secret of Me (Persea 2005) and its sequel, The Girl in the Mirror (2012), named by Mom.Me as a great mother-daughter read. Her short story, “Chalk,” appears in Sudden Flash Youth: 65 Short-Short Stories (Persea 2011). Meg’s picture book, Trouper, was published by Scholastic in 2013 and features illustrations by E.B. Lewis. Her collections of poems for adults include An Unkindness of Ravens (BOA Editions, 2001) and Home By Now (Four Way Books), winner of the 2010 PEN New England LL Winship Award. Meg has taught poetry at The New School University, and is the Director of the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College in Massachusetts. Her poetry has been featured on Poetry Daily and Garrison Keillor’s “A Writer’s Almanac,” and has been published in myriad literary magazines and anthologies. A native New Yorker, Meg now lives in New Hampshire. For more information: www.megkearney.com.

Read a poem by Meg here.

Teaching Statement:  I especially adore working with teens–not necessarily the reluctant types, but those who have volunteered to be in a poetry workshop and already have caught poetry “fever.” These students haven’t lost their sense of wonder, are eager to hear poems read out loud, appreciate and like the fact that poetry offers a way to play with words, are willing to take the risk of writing poems when prompted, and are often brave enough to read their work in front of a group. These students see fairly quickly that poetry can offer a path toward understanding their experience of the world.  Showing them that path (and its many branches) is endlessly rewarding.

Date: December 23, 2013