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 teaching, as I love opening the doors to education to our students--writing and literature are tools of empowerment and self-discovery.

  • Question

    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
  • Question

    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.

  • 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 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.

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