MFA, author of 10 for Everything, a collection of short stories. Ms. Kann also is an award-winning poet whose work has appeared in various anthologies, including Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution (Seal Press), and So Luminous the Wildflowers (Tebot Bach Press). She has performed her poetry nationwide, including at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Royce Hall, and the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts.
I was a professional poet for nearly ten years, and taught poetry workshops for nearly five years, before I first had the luxury of attending a writing workshop as a student myself. That workshop was through the Community Access Program here at UCLA Extension. This roundabout route to the writing workshop process has given me a unique perspective. I feel lucky to be in writing workshops. I feel lucky to teach. Language is just a codification of symbols we use to represent what we mean in the hopes that we can make ourselves understood. I want you to feel safe to take risks in my workshops. I bring a sense of play to the work, I love teaching for the same reason I love writing. It's the desire to connect with other humans. The desire to unlock the stories and poems from within, to feel connected with each other.
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“Rachel is extremely knowledgeable and I am a much stronger writer because of her. She was so encouraging that it built my confidence. She responds thoughtfully to every post, and it is clear that she devotes a lot of time and energy to the course.” — Writers’ Program Student
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