Creative writing and story-telling workshops in schools, adult and community
education, the WEA, U3A, NAWE conferences, community venues: library,
prison, and hospital, and for students, undergraduate and post-graduate. As
an English lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton, she was responsible
for modules in creative writing, for students in Humanities and in Teacher
Education. She mentored trainee teachers of creative writing and oversaw
student placements in creative writing at Dudley High School. Currently
Creative Writing tutor, Birkbeck College, London.
Letting in the Light, Editor's Choice chapbook, Poetry Matrix, CA, USA 2002;
Lottery funded Award for All Arts, AfterFracture multiarts hospital based
BIG WIDE WORDS, Poems on the Buses, London, poetry placement from Poetry
Society 2000, Regional finalist BBC Read-a-Poem competition;
publications in British Council anthologies, New Writing 3, New Writing 4.
Associate Senior Lecturer, University of Wolverhampton, responsible for
Creative Writing and Holocaust Literature. Workshops in Creative Writing with
the University of the Third Age, London. Poems, short stories, essays published
in numerous magazines and book anthologies in the UK and USA.
Poetry: TOWARD THE HELIOPAUSE (Romanian translation, 2009)
Fiction: stories in publictions in USA and UK
COMING LATE TO MOTHERHOOD: 20 women tell their stories (Thorsons
FROM BERGEN - BELSEN TO BAGHDAD: Letters of Alexander Aronson (Mosaic
Press, Canada 1992);
plus numerous essays and reviews.
North London Festival, Haringey Literature Festival, BBC Radio. Windows of
Song: libretto (writer) for performance of life story of Hildegard of Bingen, on
tour in UK and Europe since 1995
I have known Joan Michelson since I first began teaching at the University of Wolverhampton in 1994. During this time, I have worked closely with her on a number of courses and can say without reservation that she is a dedicated, creative, and innovative teacher who is popular with her students and greatly respected by her colleagues. Joan is also an indefatigable researcher who has attracted prestigious fellowships and grants for her scholarly activities - achievements that have enriched her commitment to disseminating her knowledge and experience both to her students and the wider communicty.
Senior Lecturer in English
University of Wolverhampton, Dudley
I am happy to prvide a reference for Joan Michelson. I have known Joan for seven years as a colleague and in that time have become well acquainted with her writing and teaching. I am an admirer of both. The intelligence, warmth and sensitivity that pervades the former also informs the latter. I have learned a great deal from Joan's innovative approach to teaching and, like many others, have been inspired by her infectious enthusiasm. Most importantly I know Joan commands the respect of students. On many occasions over the years they have spoken to me, informally, of their respect for Joan and of the extent to which they value and enjoy their time with her. Joan is also a very likeable and easy-going individual who, though possessed of clear opinions and challenging ideas, will integrate well into a teaching team.
I am, then, pleased to support Joan's application without reservation.
Professor, University of Wolverhampton, Dudley
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