Teaching Artist/Mentor

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There are so many mentors out there. Why choose me?

I’m a poet, yes. But I’m also a good mentor.

I have a Ph.D. in Creative Writing, teaching training and certification, and over twenty years’ experience teaching Creative Writing, Theater Arts, and Drama.

I’ve taught writing to all kinds of writers: from teens with autism, to graduate students. I’ve worked with them to help them meet radically different goals.

Are you writing with an eye towards literary publication?

In the 2000s, while working with the International Cities of Refuge Network, I established and edited two online journals for international writing. I believe my work as a translator, and my exposure to international poetry give me a unique perspective on work-on-the-page.

I’ve been an associate editor and feature writer for Poemeleon for more than a decade, and I’m a reader for the peer-reviewed journal Orange Blossom Review. I avoid the business of poetry, but engage with working poets as much as I can.

I’m interested in basic elements of craft such as line breaks and significant metaphors, as well as experimental work that crosses genres and pushes the definition of “poetic text”.

Are you interested in establishing a writing practice for personal growth?

My little manifesto on poetry’s role in creating “a good life”, reinvention and personal growth is here. And my unedited thoughts on the difference between writing as a hobby and writing as a practice is here.


  • For more detailed information regarding fees and expectations, follow this link.
  • To talk about mentoring and/or receive information for upcoming workshops contact Ren.

Testimonials:

“My Graduate Mentor, Ren Powell, offered advice and guidance that refocused my essay writing abilities, emphasizing creativity and honest discourse over argumentation. […] Ren was supportive, and her feedback was detailed and well-stated. Through her correspondences, Ren is personable, and she respects student input and agency. She rarely dictates specific “solutions” to problems in a draft; instead, she provides guidance designed to help me find the best path for my learning and writing style. She poses thoughtful ideas and questions that get me rethinking and revising in the right direction.”

James Gapinski, MFA


“Ren sitt skriveverksted løftet fram mine egne og andres ubrukte evner på en enkel og overraskende måte. Hun inspirerte meg til å få tak på uante, veldig produktive og kreative sider, og gjorde det overraskende lett å få tak på min egen stemme som forfatter og å skape nye uttrykk. For eksempel overrasket jeg meg selv med å kunne skrive tøysete regler i en fart og uten en eneste selvkritisk tanke. Og med å kunne kombinere sekvenser basert på egenerfarte hendelser som hadde litterær og poetisk dybde og tyngde. Hun åpnet opp for, og veiledet den enkelte inn mot sitt eget unike forhold til det å skape og skrive, samtidig som vi hele tiden befant oss i et lyttende og nærende samspill med hverandre. I kroppen min duver ennå båten vi sjøsatte den gangen for over 3 år siden.”

Ingunn Mandt Larsen