Transformative Writer & Artist
Kelsay Myers is a transformative writer and artist living in Marin County, CA. Currently, she is working on a PhD in Transformative Studies at California Institute of Integral Studies. She earned dual MFA degrees in Nonfiction and Poetry from Saint Mary’s College of California and served as Chair of the MFA in Creative Writing Program Advisory Board for three years. She has experience teaching American literature, writing composition and English fundamentals, research and argument, and creative writing at the college level, as well as intuitive found object art installation, collage, mindfulness, and movement workshops for healing and transformation. Research interests involve psychospiritual theories of the soul, embodiment, personality, scholarly personal narrative writing, arts-based methods, and trauma healing. She is skilled at helping people develop and express their authentic voices in writing and in life, as well as developing their unique passions using creative inquiry.
Other skills include: Mac (iLife and iWork software), Microsoft Office, Typing, Wordpress, Squarespace, Canvas, Moodle, Zoom, basic CSS, basic Photoshop, all forms of Social Media, Found Object/Mixed Media Art Installation, Curating, Holding space, Mindfulness techniques, Interdisciplinary teaching, Asian American literature, and Social Activism
Associate English Instructor | West Valley College, Saratoga, CA | Aug 27, 2018 - Dec 21, 2018
Part time English Instructor teaching transition English 905: English Fundamentals writing classes, which are preparatory college composition instruction with an emphasis on student voices and personal engagement with the writing process.
English Instructor | University of the People, Online | Term 1, Sept 6, 2018 - Nov 14, 2018
Taught UoPeople’s English Composition 1 using the online Moodle platform. These courses are designed to foster skills in critical reading and thinking, and in the production and evaluation of purposeful academic writing. Students are introduced to literary genres, rhetorical patterns in writing, and the use and citation of research sources. All the components of an APA college-level essay and research topic are covered.
Chair of the MFA in Creative Writing Program Advisory Board | Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga, CA | April 2015 - May 2018
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 - Sept 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 | Nov 10, 2014 - July 2, 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 | Feb 08, 2013 - May 28, 2013
Assisted professor Janice Doane, PhD, in leading classroom discussions, grading student work, reviewing lesson plans and holding one-on-one conferences with students at the second level of Composition writing focused on making critical arguments and engaging informed scholarly research methods..
MFA Teaching Fellow Professor of Composition, Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga, CA | Aug 27, 2012 - Dec 07, 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 | June 03, 2011 - July 12, 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.
Personal Assistant to Brenda Hillman, Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga, CA | June 28, 2011 - July 18, 2012
Gained valuable experience assisting a professional writer and Director of the MFA Creative Writing Program in a variety of tasks including editing, promotional writing and research.
Teaching Intern for Undergraduate Composition, Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga, CA | Aug 30, 2011 - Dec 08, 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 | Sept 2007 - Dec 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.
Selected Volunteer Experience
Co-Curator for the “Get To Know Your MFAs” Reading by SMC’s MFA in Creative Writing Program and SFSU’s 14 Hills, Presented by BEAST CRAWL’s Fifth & Sixth Annual Free Literary Festival | Pro Arts Gallery & Kingston 11 Cuisine, Oakland, CA | July 16, 2016 - Sept 2, 2017 (First Leg)
Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Association of Korean Adoptees, San Francisco | Aug 15, 2014 - June 15, 2015
Vice Chair, Saint Mary’s College of California MFA in Creative Writing Program Advisory Board | March 15, 2014 - March 2015
California Institute of Integral Studies, PhD in Transformative Studies, Expected Spring 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 Nonfiction, May 2012
Kalamazoo College, BA in English with an Emphasis in Writing, Philosophy minor, June 2009
Tamalpa Institute Level One Training on Personal Embodiment of the Life/Art Process® Certificate, Expected June 2020
Invoke Your Client’s Magic: Academy for Soul-based Coaching Training Certification, Expected Fall 2020
Budapest Semester in Cognitive Science Program Certificate, Study Abroad, Eötvös Loránd University, Jan 2006.
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.
Conferences & Presentations
“Adoptee Ways of Knowing: The Role of Scholarly Personal Narrative in Transformative Inquiry,” Transformative Studies Department Mini Conference Presentation for TSD Doctoral Students, Pacifica, Jan 2018.
How to Use Movement as a Healing Resource: A Weekend Workshop with Sylvie Minot and Wendy Heffner, Curriculum Development, California Institute of Integral Studies, June 2017.
“A Narrow Road to the Interior: On Experimental Writing and Identity in Asian American Literature,” Guest lecture, San Francisco State University, March 2016.
“Creating Roots: A Postmodern Approach to Identity Construction Using Objects, Personae and Mythology,” Academic Mini-Conference Presentation for The Association of Korean Adoptees, San Francisco, Nov 2013.
Composition Colloquium, Curriculum Development at Saint Mary’s College of California, March 2013.
Guest lecturer on Asian American cultural experiences in the classroom, Grand Valley State University, June 2009.
Citation for Dr. Grace Lee Boggs Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree, Kalamazoo College, June 2007.
“Manifesto On Freedom.” White Stag, Vol III, Issue 1 #psychologia. April 1, 2016.
“The Red Frame.” Waxwing, Issue 6. June 15, 2015.
“Where Did the Art Come From?” New Delta Review, Issue 5.2. May 5, 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.
Refuse the Silence: Women of Color in Academia Speak Out. Contributing Writer 2010-2011.
The Vessel: Where Once the Stories Bloomed Like Teardrops, Found Object and Mixed Media Installation | LIQUID STORIES, Curated by Pallavi Sharma | San Ramon Community Center (12501 Alcosta Blvd, San Ramon, CA) | Oct 3 - 27, 2016.
Contours Of A Metaphor, Found Object and Mixed Media Installation | A PLACE OF HER OWN, Curated by Cynthia Tom and Maggie Yee | I-Hotel in Manilatown Heritage Foundation (868 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA) | May 19 - June 30, 2016.
A Material Girl, Found Object and Mixed Media Panels | Connect2Korea Art Exhibit, Coordinator/Artist | Francis Hall in St. Mary’s Cathedral (1111 Gough St, San Francisco, CA) | Nov 15, 2014.
The Red Door (In Miniature) and More Bleach, Found Object Installation | Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence 2013 National Summit | Intercontinental Hotel (888 Howard St, San Francisco, CA) | June - July 2013.
A Material Girl, Found Object and Mixed Media Panels | 50-50 SHOW IV (Juried Exhibition) | Sanchez Art Center (1220 Linda Mar Blvd #B, Pacifica, CA) | Aug - Sept 2012.
More Bleach, Found Object Installation | ALTERED BARBIE, Curated by Gillian Anderson | 50 Shotwell, San Francisco, CA | Oct - Nov 2011.
The Red Frame, Found Object Installation | A PLACE OF HER OWN (Juried Exhibition), Curated by Cynthia Tom and Kimi Taira | SOMArts Cultural Center (939 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA) | May 2011.
Asian American Women Artists Association, Artist Member 2011-2016
Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference, Participant 2012, 2013
Contact Improvisation, Student since 2017, Co-facilitated w/ Daniel Deslauriers, PhD, at the TSD Intensive in Pacifica 2018
Dance Medicine (Fairfax), Student Dancer 2016-2017
Embodying the Feminine Women’s Group (Facilitated by Padma Gordon), Group Participant 2017-2019
Open Floor Movement Practice (California School), Student Dancer since 2016
Progressive Women’s Alliance of West Michigan, Founding Member
University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival, Writer 2006, 2009
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