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Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1959. Her early years were spent in Brooklyn and Manalapan, New Jersey. As a young adult she traveled west to study journalism at the University of Missouri, earning a degree in labor history. Caryn received her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas, and she has trained in organizational development and group process, grassroots organizing, poetry therapy, and teaching yoga. She is the recipient of Kansas Arts Fellowship in Poetry, the Rocky Mountain National Park artist-in-residency, and other honors.
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg was the Kansas Poet Laureate from 2009-2013, and today is a writer, teacher, coach and consultant. Founder of Transformative Language Arts, Caryn is the author or editor of over twenty books of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, a memoir, and anthologies. A registered songwriter with BMI, her poetry and prose has been published widely. Caryn lives near Lawrence, Kansas with her husband, bioregional writer Ken Lassman.
Arts and Humanities
Size of Collection
6 linear feet
Dates of Collection
SpC MS 0397
Special Collections, Leonard H. Axe Library, "Mirriam-Goldberg, Caryn, Collection, circa 1975-2022" (2023). Finding Aids. 443.