About Liz Burke-Cravens
Dr. Liz Burke-Cravens is a poet, interdisciplinary educator, and writing coach. After completing her doctoral work on narrative approaches to personal and social transformation, she was inspired to create A Brave Space— a space where individuals are comfortable sharing their writing, exploring their life stories, and growing in a community of writers, creatives, and change agents. All of her work is founded on a steadfast belief that by raising our voices and sharing our stories, we can be catalysts for change. Liz connects with clients and communities worldwide through online classes, webinars, and writing groups. With more than 15 years teaching experience in higher education, Dr. Burke-Cravens brings together her passions for writing, creativity, personal inquiry, and social justice in A Brave Space.
In addition to her passion for writing and teaching, Liz enjoys photography, long distance cycling, all things foodie-related, and dogs. Her volunteer and community service work includes, in part, mentoring first generation college students from Oakland, California through the Marcus Foster Education Fund; cycling from San Francisco to Los Angeles as a fundraiser for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation; walking at sunrise in the Out of the Darkness Walk to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; and cycling from the northernmost stretch of the Appalachian mountains to Boothbay Harbor, Maine, raising funds and awareness in support of the American Lung Association.
Originally from Portland, Maine she now lives in Oakland, California with her wife and two dogs, Schmoopie and Mr. Bits.
Courses & Workshops
In addition to the courses, workshops, and groups offered through A Brave Space, Liz has developed and taught these courses and small group workshops at Transformative Language Arts Network, John F. Kennedy University, San Jose State University, and New College of California.
Women’s & Gender Studies
The Poetics of Gender
Women’s Lives & Social Transformation
Writing Our Lives: The Poetic Self & Transformation
Poetry & Emerging Self
Psychology 100W: Writing Workshop
Critical Review & Writing in Health Sciences
Women’s Health & Social Transformation
Research & Writing in Public Health
Transformative Language Arts
Narratives of Self & Society: Writing Life Stories for Change (available now!)
Cultivating Our Voices: Writing Life Stories for Change
Writing Our Lives: The Poetic Self & Transformation
Creative Writing & Literature
Introduction to Poetry
Working Class Literature of the 1930s
Education, Self & Community I/II
Critical Thinking & Writing
Senior Project A & B
Introduction to Academic Writing
Small Group Workshops
The Research Paper
The Process of Writing
Using Sources Effectively
Using APA Style
Intersectional Autoethnography: A Narrative Approach to Personal & Social Transformation
Navigating Class & Gender
Discovering & Sharing Your Sacred Story for Social Change
Exploring Class & Classism
Poetry Workshop: Getting Started & Inspired
Writing as a Sacred Path
Burke, L. (2008). Ethnic and race relations, Irish and Italians. In J.P. Byrne, P. Coleman, & J.F. King (Eds.) Ireland and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History: A Multidisciplinary Encyclopedia, Volume 2 (pp. 306-309). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
Burke, E. (2007, March). A World I Never Made. [Review of the book A world I never made, by J. T. Farrell]. The Irish Herald, 38.
Burke, E. (1997). Plans. In T. Farman & J. Ashley (Eds.), Soulstice: A Feminist Anthology Volume II (p.43). Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University.
Burke, E. (1997). Vaginal guard. In T. Farman & J. Ashley (Eds.), Soulstice: A Feminist Anthology Volume II (p. 35). Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University.
Burke, L. (1996). Moment. Jabberwocky. Amherst: University of Massachusetts.
Burke, L. (1996). Mother was at the neighbors so. Jabberwocky. Amherst: University of Massachusetts.
Burke, L. (1995). Moonlit. Jabberwocky. Amherst: University of Massachusetts.
Burke, L. (1995). Ascension, south station. In P. Bagley, M. Campbell, J. Watson, B. Larned, & R. Hersom (Eds.), Sandy River Review (p. 5). Farmington, ME: University of Maine Writers’ Guild.
Burke, L. (1995). Fluorescence. In P. Bagley, M. Campbell, J. Watson, B. Larned, & R. Hersom (Eds.), Sandy River Review (p. 56). Farmington, ME: University of Maine Writers’ Guild.
Burke, L. (1995). The wait. In P. Bagley, M. Campbell, J. Watson, B. Larned, & R. Hersom (Eds.), Sandy River Review (p. 99). Farmington, ME: University of Maine Writers’ Guild.
Fielding Graduate University 2014
Dissertation: Challenging the Silences: A Phenomenographic Study of How Autoethnography Is Experienced
M.A. Irish Studies
New College of California 2004
Thesis: You're Not Writing This Down, Are You?: The Irish and Italians in Portland, Maine, Their Histories and Conflicts
New College of California 1999
Thesis: How the Music Has Meaning: A Translation of Cristina Peri Rossi's Babel Bárbara
B.A. English & Women's Studies (double major)
University of Massachusetts, Amherst 1996
Major coursework: Poetry Writing, Contemporary U.S. Poetry, Political Autobiography, Feminist & Gender Studies