Instructor’s Bio: Write for Your Life Long Weekend Intensive
Teacher Stacia M. Fleegal
Stacia M. Fleegal is a poet, essayist, editor, blogger, and the author of two full-length and four chapbook poetry collections. Her poems, nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize, have appeared in numerous publications, including North American Review, Fourth River, Best of the Net 2011, Barn Owl Review, Menacing Hedge, Knockout, Literary Mama, and Crab Creek Review, and were recently nominated for Best of the Net 2017. Her essays have appeared at Salon, Scary Mommy, Bustle, Blood+Milk, and more. Stacia earned her MFA in Writing from Spalding University and was co-founder of Blood Lotus, serving as its managing editor and poetry co-editor for 10 years. She was recently featured on the BBC podcast The Food Chain. She has worked in academic and independent publishing, newsrooms, and higher education.
Stacia’s teaching philosophy is rooted in her desire to help aspiring writers trust their individual voices, focusing on the strengths of the work. She believes anyone who wants to write has something of value to communicate, and she doesn’t hold with “bad writing” versus “good writing,” only writing that communicates an intention more (or less) effectively. Above all else, Stacia wants to offer to her students her experience as a reader. She strives to develop a dynamic of inclusion, praise, compassion, focus, and a balance of listening and communicating.