MFA, author of How to Bless the New Moon, a WORD: Bruce Geller Memorial Prize recipient. Ms. Kann has been a Writer-in-Residence for Brandeis Collegiate Institute, a New England Jewish Poetry Festival’s Featured Poet, and a Cosmic Sister “Women of The Psychedelic Renaissance” awardee at the Spirit Plant Medicine Conference. Her poetry film, The Quickening, was an official selection for Anaheim International Film Festival. She is a recipient of the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program Outstanding Instructor of the Year Award.
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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