2019 Teachers


Rosemerry Trommer

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer “is a chanteuse of the heart,” says poet Art Goodtimes. She served two terms as the first poet laureate for San Miguel County, Colorado, where she still leads monthly poetry readings, teaches in schools, leads writing workshops and leaves poems written on rocks around the town.

She has authored and edited thirteen books, most of them poetry. The most recent collection, The Less I Hold, comes out of her poem-a-day practice, which she has been doing for over seven years. Other collections include The Miracle Already Happening, a chapbook of poems in which the Sufi mystic Rumi keeps showing up in daily life—the kindergarten classroom, the kitchen, even the Walmart parking lot. And Intimate Landscape: The Four Corners in Poetry & Photography is a collaboration with photographer Claude Steelman. Her work has also appeared on A Prairie Home Companion and in O Magazine, on tie-dyed scarves, alleyway fences and in her children’s lunchboxes.

In addition to writing, Rosemerry leads writing workshops for hospice, addiction recovery programs, women’s groups, schools, libraries, teachers and people who think they hate poetry. She performs with a poetry troupe (EAR), sings with a 7-woman a cappella group, and for more than 15 years she has led a poetry discussion series on contemporary American poets and international sacred voices. She is mother to Finn and Vivian, and stepmother to Shawnee. For the last six years, she and her husband were organic fruit growers, but they recently left the life of agriculture. She now works part time for Parents As Teachers. Her master’s degree in English Language & Linguistics is from University of Wisconsin—Madison.

Visit her website at www.wordwoman.com for ideas about writing.

And you can read her daily poems at http://ahundredfallingveils.com

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Jon Lee

Jon D. Lee was born and raised in the hot, dry Southwest, and in many ways the exsiccated arroyos and cicada skins have never really rubbed off, despite a six-year stint in the wintry wildernesses of Canada where he regularly faced nineteen-foot-high snowdrifts and learned the value of a fully stocked cellar. In the midst of all that he’s racked up two decades in the classroom, teaching students from every major inhabited continent, and has published two books of poetry and one academic monograph on how disease narratives both shape and are shaped by public perception of epidemics.

Lee’s Pushcart-nominated poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Sugar House Review, Sierra Nevada Review, The Writer's Chronicle, Connecticut River Review, The Laurel Review, The Inflectionist Review, and Oregon Literary Review. He has an MFA in Poetry from Lesley University, and a PhD in Folklore. He teaches at Suffolk University, and spends his spare time with his wife and children.

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Valencia Robin

Valencia Robin’s first collection of poems, Ridiculous Light, won Persea Books’ 2018 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize. A visual artist as well as a poet, her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in the New York Times, TriQuarterly, Foundry, Black Renaissance Noire, Kweli, The Cortland Review and elsewhere. Says Diana Whitney of the San Francisco Chronicle about Ridiculous Light: “These are praise poems for a dark time, musical poems that conjure up stories, transcendent poems to give to your mother, your lover, your friends, yourself.” The New York Times says: “The narrative lyrics in this debut collection travel from intimate to socio-historical and back again, finding room for routine wonders.” A Cave Canem Fellow and the winner of the 2014 Hocking Hills Poetry Festival Competition, Valencia Robin holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Virginia and an MFA in Art & Design from the University of Michigan. She currently lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. For more information, please see: valenciarobin.com.


Evie Adelman

Evie Adelman is a psychologist, classical pianist, collage artist and bicycle maniac. Evie is trained in the Orff system of teaching, an intuitive and powerful method of involving people in music.

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Evie has been facilitating a weekly group for the past 10 years delving into many creative and artistic practices. Her enthusiasm for the arts is contageous.

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Alan Cohen

Alan Cohen is the founder of Power of Poetry and Wellspring of Imagination. He is a retired teacher, naturalist and adventure traveler. Alan has put together two anthologies of poetry - Red Thread Gold Thread and Follow the Thread.


Paul Knoop

Paul Knoop is the premiere naturalist in the state of Ohio. He served as director of the Aullwood Audubon Center for his entire career. Paul's enthusiasm for the natural world is contagious. Being with him in the woods is an experience to treasure.