Profile - Kate Kysar

Instructor Profile

Meet Kate Kysar
Instructor of English

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

  • Question

    What is your approach to teaching?


    I love empowering my students to express their thoughts and feelings in writing and discover new worlds and ideas through literature.

  • Question

    Would you list some recent accomplishments?


    Book Publications

    • Pretend the World. Holy Cow! Press. 2011. Author. Poetry book
    • Riding Shotgun: Women Write about Their Mothers. Borealis Press. Minnesota Historical Society Press. 2008. Editor. Essays
    • Dark Lake. Loonfeather Press. 2002. Author. Poetry book

    Recent Awards

    • Write On, Door County. Residency. January 2022.
    • Tofte Lake Center. Residency. June 2021.
    • Qu Yuan Poetry Contest. Minnesota China Friendship Society. July 2019.
    • Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Teaching nominee. Minnesota State Colleges and
      Universities. April 2017.
    • The Oberholtzer Foundation. Artist Residency. July 2016.

    Recent Poem Publications

    • “Lake Superior: Three Scenes of Summer.” About Place Journal. Spring 2022.
    • “After You Leave.” Voicemail Poems. Spring 2022.
    • “My Identities” and “Nocturne.” The Mollyhouse. Issue Four. Spring 2022.
    • “Photograph: Little League Practice.” The Under Review. Winter 2022.

    Recent Essay Publications

    • "Rollin' Round." Sleet. Summer 2022.
    • "Midway in Four Directions," Slang Glass City. Spring 2022.
  • Question

    What inspires you as a teacher?


    I am inspired by good books, the joy of the writing process, and the "aha!" moment when a concept becomes clear for students. I enjoy helping students shape their futures by exploring artistic and vocational career options.

  • Question

    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.

  • Question

    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 Facts

  • Fun Fact #1

    I love hiking in the woods of northern Minnesota.

  • Fun Fact #2

    I once took the Trans-Siberian railway from Beijing to Moscow.

  • Fun Fact #3

    I have worked at schools in China, Denmark, and Tanzania.

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