I’m Holly Wren Spaulding, writer, editor, mentor and teacher of creative writing. I live near Northampton, Massachusetts and teach online and throughout western Massachusetts and in northern Michigan at Interlochen College of Creative Arts and other fine arts institutions.

On this site you’ll find information about my face-to-face and online classes, creative coaching, editorial services and ongoing poetry apprenticeships.

You can can learn a little bit more about me and my philosophy over on the FAQ page; you’ll also find me blogging about creative process, writing strategies and poetry prompts, and the good things I discover in my excursions as a reader and appreciator of arts and ideas. Thanks for stopping by.



Photo by Gary Howe


I studied creative writing at University of Michigan and at Trinity College, in Dublin, Ireland. My 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). My most recent collection of poems is Pilgrim (Alice Greene & Co., 2014). My first chapbook, The Grass Impossibly, was selected by poet Fleda Brown and awarded publication by Michigan Writers Cooperative Press in 2008. 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.