Profile - Kate Kysar
Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing in Poetry, Wichita State University; Bachelors of Arts (BA) in English and Anthropology (minor in Sociology), Hamline University; Post-degree coursework at University of Pennsylvania, University of Minnesota, and Bemidji State University
Question and Answer
What is your approach to teaching?
I love teaching, as I love opening the doors to education to our students--writing and literature are tools of empowerment and self-discovery.
Would you list some recent accomplishments?
- Pretend the World. Holy Cow! Press. 2011. Author. Poetry book
- Dark Lake. Loonfeather Press. 2002. Author. Poetry book
- Riding Shotgun: Women Write about Their Mothers. Borealis Press. Minnesota Historical Society Press. 2008. Editor. Essays
- Recent essays, reviews, and articles published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Minnesota Women's Press, Saint Paul Almanac, The Loft Literary Center's Writer's Block, Poetry City, U.S.A., Gently Read Literature, and the Walker Art Center Field Guide
- Recent poetry publications in Mizna, Mom Egg Review, Revolver, Cairns, Stone Coast Review, and Turtle Literary Magazine
- Recent poetry reprints with Red Bird Press, Haikus for Gambia, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minnesota Public Radio, and Maryland standardized tests
Honors and Awards
- Excellence in Teaching Award. Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. Nominee. 2017
- Residency on Mallard Island. The Oberholtzer Foundation, Minneapolis, Minnesota. August 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017
- Individual artist residency. Tofte Lake Center, Ely, Minnesota. June 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017
- Fulbright Scholarship to Bhutan. Finalist. 2013
- Artists Initiative grant. Minnesota State Arts Board Grant, Saint Paul, Minnesota. 2013 and 2008
- Artist Residency. Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Red Wing, Minnesota. October 2009 and June 2005
- Changemakers’ Award. Minnesota Women’s Press, Saint Paul, Minnesota. December 24, 2008
- Anoka-Ramsey Community College Foundation Grant for travel study research trip to Tanzania. 2008
- Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Awards for Excellence grant to develop an Associates of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing. 2007
What inspires you as a teacher?
I was blessed as an undergraduate and graduate student to have been mentored by several professors. I pass that forward now by helping my students find their career, artistic and vocational paths.
What makes your curriculum interesting or valuable to students?
Students enjoy experiential learning, so my classes explore ideas with films, guest speakers, and field trips as well as books and discussion. My classes often take a global perspective of contemporary topics and literatures.
What are some ways that you help students succeed when they need extra help?
I work one-on-one with students in my office brainstorming ideas, reviewing their writing, and editing for clarify and correctness. I am available via phone, email, and Skype to ensure that my online students receive the same support. We make use of our wonderful writing centers too.
Fun Fact #1
I used to be a late night rock and roll disc jockey.
Fun Fact #2
I am an avid cyclist, hiker, paddler, and swimmer.
Fun Fact #3
I sometimes bring snacks to class.
Meet Our Students and Alumni
Meet Joshua ChaseJoshua ChaseArts & CommunicationCreative Writing
"The teachers are, hands down, the best part of Anoka-Ramsey. I’ve always read a lot, but while at Anoka-Ramsey, I had teachers who gave me entirely new perspectives on the writers and works I was already interested in. I always knew I liked certain authors, but couldn’t really put my finger on why. After my time at Anoka-Ramsey, I had a much better understanding.
I spent a lot of time in the advising office. Having transferred many of my credits from a community college in Nevada, I wasn’t really sure how to proceed in a new state with different graduation requirements."
Meet Jamie HaddoxJamie HaddoxArts & CommunicationAA Creative Writing Emphasis
"Having taken creative writing classes at Anoka- Ramsey, I can honestly say that talent alone isn’t enough, no matter how talented. There’s so much I didn’t know. I’ve also learned that part of writing is having a network. You’ll never meet half the people you should without going to school."
Meet Javier AbricaJavier AbricaMnTCAssociate in Arts
"When I walked through the doors here, I knew this was the place to get started. I’ve enjoyed it here ever since. Being Hispanic I appreciate the diversity at Anoka-Ramsey. I have met people from all over the world. It’s fun to have them share their cultures with me, and to see they have the same interests as I do."