Kathleen Cecilia Nesbitt received her BA in photography, and fiction and poetry writing from Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois.
She received her MA in Transformative Language Arts and her MFA in Writing from Goddard College in Vermont. Kathleen’s MA in Transformative Language Arts included developing a writing model that approaches human development on personal, spiritual, and universal levels – Writing from the Chakras. Her novel, “Sentencing Silence” is the result of her MFA creative thesis.
Kathleen also holds a Certification from Amherst Writers and Artists Institute and received a Certification in Poetry Therapy from the National Association for Poetry Therapy. She has worked assisting incest survivors, domestic abuse survivors, incarcerated women, homeless teen mothers, and veterans with PTSD break their silence through the healing power of the written word.
Kathleen Nesbitt’s poetry and fiction have appeared in No Exit, Big City Lit, 20 Pounds of Headlights, Mojave River Review, Threads, Dagda, Dead Beats, and Whiskey Island Review. Since the publication of her novel, “Sentencing Silence,” she has become focused on telling stories through her photography and collage work. Kathleen is a storyteller and a survivor.
& Community Work
Recognizing that victims of childhood sexual abuse lose their voice and often times indulge in self-destructive patterns, Kathleen Nesbitt developed, and has received grants to conduct expressive writing programs and workshops for many disenfranchised and mainstream communities. Write Stuff – creative and expressive writing for self-exploration and empowerment for homeless teen mothers at The Teen Parent Program (TPP), a program of Open Pantry Community Services, Inc., Springfield, MA; Voices From The Inside – expressive and transformative writing for women incarcerated due to drug and alcohol abuse at The Western Massachusetts Recovery and Wellness Center; Untitled – Women Reclaiming Their Lives – expressive writing for women in a re-entry program at Weston Rehabilitation, Holyoke, MA. Cancer Stories – expressive writing for women with breast cancer at Baystate Regional Cancer Program, Springfield, MA. Reclamation of Self, Voice and Spirit I & II – Ecumenical and Inter-faith expressive writing group at Genesis Spiritual Life Center, Westfield, MA. The Posture and the Pen – expressive writing through the chakras in conjunction with yoga classes at Southwick Yoga, MA. Voice Of The Vet – expressive, creative, and memoir writing workshops for veterans with PTSD from the Vietnam through the Iraq/Afghanistan War Eras. Chicago IL. Writing Across the River and Writing From The Chakras - on-line, Montana, Massachusetts, and Chicago area – private Transformative Language Arts practice for groups and individuals. Kathleen is the recipient of three MA-LCC Grants to teach poetry writing to families, two NAPT “Poetry Alive” grants, and five grants to continue her work with Homeless Teen Mothers. She taught literary genres at Bay Path College, Longmeadow, MA, and was a guest teacher of literary fiction and creative writing at The Montana Academy, Marion MT - a residential therapeutic boarding school for the developmentally delayed and at-risk youth.