CURRICULUM VITAE

Kelsay Myers is a writer, artist and teacher. She is also a PhD student in the Transformative Studies program at California Institute of Integral Studies. She earned dual MFA degrees in Nonfiction and Poetry from Saint Mary’s College of California and currently serves as Chair of the MFA in Creative Writing Program Advisory Board. She has experience teaching American literature, writing composition and grammar, research and argument, and creative writing at the college level. Her research interests involve using identity construction, personality theories, different forms of creative expression, and arts-based methods for personal growth and social transformation. She is skilled at helping students find and express their authentic voices in writing and in life, as well as developing their unique passions within the educational journey.

Other skills include: Grant/Proposal writing, Fundraising, Mac (iLife and iWork software), Microsoft Office, Typing, WordPress, basic CSS, basic Photoshop, all forms of Social Media, Found Object/Mixed Media Art Installation, Curating, Mentorship, Interdisciplinary teaching, Asian American literature and Activism.
 

EXPERIENCE

Chair of the MFA in Creative Writing Program Advisory Board, Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga, CA | April 2015 – Present

  • Act as ambassador for the program by recruiting the best new writing students and advisory board members, as well as fundraising and developing the national reputation of the program; modeling community both in the classroom and in the larger arts community and attending to the powerful role of developing artists in a culture that is thirsty for knowledge only the arts can bring.

 
Art Facilitator, A PLACE OF HER OWN, San Francisco, CA | March 29, 2016 – September 1, 2017

  • A PLACE OF HER OWN is a culturally driven arts-based transformative workshop series and residency program founded and directed by Cynthia Tom to help women who want to move forward in their lives. Through innovative visual mediation and artistic instructions, residents respond to the question, “If you had a place of your own, what would it be?” to gain an intuitive understanding of themselves and their power. A PLACE is designed for deep personal exploration, self-revelation, healing and growth from the inside out within a learning community of supportive classmates, teachers, mentors and healers.

 
Curatorial Fellow for the Asian American Women Artists Association’s Emerging Curators Program, San Francisco, CA | Feb 13, 2016 – June 25, 2016

  • Curated and organized a full-scale art exhibition showing at The Sequoias Rotunda Gallery (1400 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA) from May 4-June 24. Sponsored by the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center of San Francisco as part of its 19th Annual United States of Asian America Festival, AESTHETIC BLITZ, was an exhibition in which female artists and poets of mostly Asian American ethnicity showcased work that was central to who they are as an artist and as a person.

 
Adjunct English Literature Instructor, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Sacramento, CA | November 2014 – July 2015

  • Taught up to two American Literature and Writing Composition classes every six week module to culinary students of Le Cordon Bleu as part of the General Education curriculum. Duties included: curriculum creation and management, development of lesson plans, grading, Powerpoint lectures, one-on-one conferences with students, individual time management and outside of class follow-up with students.

 
Teaching Intern for Argument and Research, Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga, CA | Spring 2013

  • Assisted professor, Janice Doane, in leading classroom discussions, grading student work, reviewing lesson plans and holding one-on-one conferences with students.

 
MFA Teaching Fellow Professor of Composition, Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga, CA | Fall 2012

  • Taught undergraduate writing and critical thinking skills, designed a themed-course syllabus, lesson plans and multiple writing assignments, graded papers, provided mentoring and held one-on-one conferences with students.

 
Project Administrator, Asian American Women Artists Association, San Francisco, CA | Summer 2011 – 2012

  • Copyediting, promotional writing, A PLACE OF HER OWN workshop instructor, grant research and writing, guest speaker on art process and organization, networking, project administration and program management.

 
Teaching Intern for Undergraduate Composition, Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga, CA | Fall 2011

  • Assisted professor, Glen Silva, in leading classroom discussions, grading student work, providing feedback on writing, and holding one-on-one conferences with students.

 
Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Creative Writing, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI | Fall 2007

  • Assisted Writer-in-Residence, Diane Seuss, in leading class discussions on writing craft, reviewing lesson plans and monitoring writing workshops. Additionally, guest lectured in Intermediate Poetry on the traditional Japanese form, zuihitsu, and Asian American Spoken Word artists.

 

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

 

EDUCATION 

  • California Institute of Integral Studies, PhD in Transformative Studies, Expected August 2021
  • Saint Mary’s College of California, MFA in Creative Writing for Poetry, May 2013
  • Saint Mary’s College of California, MFA in Creative Writing for Creative Nonfiction, May 2012
  • Kalamazoo College, BA in English with an Emphasis in Writing, Philosophy minor, June 2009

 

AWARDS & HONORS 

  • MFA in Creative Writing Program Advisory Board Scholarship for Literary Excellence, Saint Mary’s College of California, 2011-2012
  • The Cauldron’s Stephanie Vibbert Award for Creative Writing and Political and Social Justice, Kalamazoo College, 2008

 

CERTIFICATES, CONFERENCES & PRESENTATIONS

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • “Manifesto On Freedom,” White Stag, Vol III #psychologia. April 2016.
  • “The Red Frame,” Waxwing, Issue 6. June 15, 2015.
  • “Where Did the Art Come From?” New Delta Review, Issue 5.2. May 2015.
  • “Like An Angel On The Balcony,” Portland Review, Vol. 61, No. 1. Nov 1, 2014.
  • “The Yin Yang: Dialectical Symbolism,” More Voices: A Collection of Works from Asian Adoptees (Koryo Press). April 2011.

 

OTHER AFFILIATIONS

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