Holly Wren Spaulding

Instructor of Creative Writing, Interlochen College of Creative Arts

M.Phil in Creative Writing & Book Publishing from Trinity College

Holly Wren Spaulding is an author, interdisciplinary artist, and founder of Poetry Forge, where she empowers writers to explore the fullness of their humanity through the practice of poetry. In her teaching, she is interested in how language and the poetic imagination can transform our experience of the world, and shape our place within it as awake, compassionate citizens.

An award winning poet, passionate collaborator and acclaimed teaching artist, Ms. Spaulding has been awarded residencies at The Mesa Refuge, Blue Mountain Center, The Millay Colony for the Arts, The Hill House, The Jean Noble Parsons Center for the Study of Art & Science, Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, and the Leelanau Cultural Center, where she was the 2017 Ann Hall Artist in Residence. After leaving her position as a professor of creative writing at Northwestern Michigan College, she joined the creative writing faculty of Interlochen College of Creative Arts and in 2012, she founded Poetry Forge, where she offers online and in person workshops, manuscript intensives, and a poetry immersion program. She lives in Kittery Point, Maine with her husband, the author Matt Rigney.

Holly Wren Spaulding’s poems, articles and reviews have appeared in Poetry Northwest, The New York Times, The Nation, Michigan Quarterly Review, Witness, The Ecologist, and in ELEMENTAL: A Collection of Michigan Nonfiction (Wayne State University Press, 2018) and We Are Everywhere: The Irresistible Rise of Global Anti-Capitalism (Verso, 2003). Alice Greene & Co. published If August: Poems (2017) and Pilgrim: Poems (2014). Fleda Brown selected The Grass Impossibly for the Michigan Writers Cooperative Press Chapbook Award in Poetry, 2008. She has a new book of poetry forthcoming in 2020.

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