Photo by Matt Rigney

Photo by Matt Rigney

Holly Wren Spaulding

I studied creative writing and book-publishing and editing at the University of Michigan, Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland) and Interlochen Arts Academy. My articles, essays and poems have appeared widely, most recently in The Nation, Michigan Quarterly Review, Witness, and Wake.

I was a consultant and member of the crew that made the international award-winning documentary film, Flow (2008), about the global water crisis, and for many years I’ve written and spoken about water issues Great and protection of the Commons.
My collection of poems, The Grass Impossibly, won the 2008 Michigan Writers Cooperative Press Chapbook Award and have completed two other collections.
I often collaborate with other artists and recently appeared in the nation’s first civic production of Martha Graham’s dance drama, American Document, as well as in LORE, a multimedia exhibition and performance featuring poetry, film, dance, and music by Michigan women artists. I also performed as a voice in Chaotic Harmony, a dance-poem about the life and environmental art of Gwen Frostic, set to text adapted by Anne-Marie Oomen, with music by the indy band Breathe Owl Breathe.
I am a former director of the Leelanau Young Writers Program at Leelanau School, former member of the Creative Writing Faculty at Northwestern Michigan College, and co-founder of the Live Poets Society. Until 2012 I served on the board of Michigan Writers, Inc. and was Senior Editor at Dunes Review. 
Although I now live in western Massachusetts, I continue to teach Poetry Boot Camp (Michigan) and return each summer to teach for Glen Arbor Art Association, The Old Art Building (Leland, MI) and The Oliver Art Center (Frankfort, MI). I am the founder of Poetry Forge (Massachusetts) and mentor individuals and groups through LIFE/form.

Selected Awards and Recognition:

* Nominated: Faculty Excellence Award, Northwestern Michigan College
*5 Avery Hopwood Awards
*2 Pushcart Nominations
*1 ‘Best of the Web’ nomination
*Shaman Drum Poetry Prize
*Environmental Journalist of the Year Award, NMEAC

*The CuChulainn to Kavanaugh Award for Poetry (Northern Ireland)
*Rotary International Fellowship to Ireland
*Congress-Bundestag Scholarship to Germany
*Residencies and Fellowships to Blue Mountain Center, Mesa Refuge, The Jean Noble Parsons Center for the Study of Art & Science and The Hill House (I.S.L.A.N.D.)


I am available for manuscript evaluations, poetry apprenticeships, editing, readings, workshops, weddings & other occasions. You can write to me at hollywren@gmail.com