Holly Wren Spaulding

I’m a writer, collaborator and teacher of creative writing. I’m the author of two collections of poetry, Pilgrim (Alice Greene & Co., 2014) and The Grass Impossibly (Michigan Writers Cooperative Press, 2008), as well as numerous articles, essays and book reviews.

I’m a passionate collaborator interested in creating and sustaining spaces and conversations that defend imagination’s rightful place in the lives of 21st century humans. I see art as necessary and making as revolutionary.

I especially enjoy mentoring writers and artists as they develop new work, birth manuscripts, and create live performances and public projects. Many of my students and clients have won awards for their poetry collections, while others have used their portfolios to get into highly ranked graduate programs and residencies.

I live in Williamsburg, Massachusetts and teach at Poetry Forge, a creative incubator for writers and their work (Easthampton, MA); PS183 (Stockbridge, MA); Interlochen College of Creative Arts (Interlochen, MI); Glen Arbor Art Association (Glen Arbor, MI); and other fine arts institutions and conferences throughout the year.

On this site you’ll find information about my face-to-face and online classes, creative coaching, editorial services and ongoing Poetry Apprenticeship Program. You’ll also find me blogging about the books and writers and artists I admire, creative process, and some of the other good things I find in my excursions as a reader and appreciator of arts and ideas. Thanks for stopping by.


Photo by Gary Howe


Holly Wren Spaulding studied creative writing at University of Michigan and at Trinity College, in Dublin, Ireland. Her poems, articles and reviews have appeared in The NationMichigan Quarterly ReviewWitnessThe Ecologist and in the book We Are Everywhere: The Irresistible Rise of Global Anti-Capitalism (Verso, 2003). Her most recent collection of poems is Pilgrim (Alice Greene & Co., 2014). Her first chapbook, The Grass Impossibly, was selected by poet Fleda Brown and awarded publication by Michigan Writers Cooperative Press in 2008.

With her husband, author Matt Rigney, she co-directs STORYhouse Partners.