Driven by her belief that living a mindful life immersed in art is a revolutionary act, Holly Wren Spaulding is a poet and teaching artist who catalyzes her collaborators, clients and students toward a more humane and intimate way of being in the world.
In a society that so often undermines the consciousness we seek to cultivate, Spaulding stands as a beacon to those ready to do the necessary work of living according to their convictions; finding their true place in the ecosystem; resisting the exploitation of others and the earth; and materializing the inner life through the practice of art.
A passion for direct experience has led her from her childhood homestead in the upper Great Lakes, around the world as an activist, filmmaker and award-winning poet, writer, researcher, and artist.
Holly Wren Spaulding’s poems, articles and reviews have appeared in 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.
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 Williamsburg, Massachusetts, with her husband, the author Matt Rigney. Read a full bio at: https://www.hollywrenspaulding.com/about/