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About Liz Burke-Cravens

Liz Burke-Cravens & Schmoopie

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. She also serves the Transformative Language Arts Network community as Chair of their governing Council (Board of Directors).

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.

Courses

Women’s & Gender Studies

  • The Poetics of Gender

  • Women’s Lives & Social Transformation

Psychology

  • Writing Our Lives: The Poetic Self & Transformation

  • Poetry & Emerging Self

  • Directed Studies

  • Senior Capstone

  • Psychology 100W: Writing Workshop

Health Sciences

  • Critical Review & Writing in Health Sciences

  • Women’s Health & Social Transformation

  • Research & Writing in Public Health


Transformative Language Arts

Creative Writing & Literature

  • Introduction to Poetry

  • Working Class Literature of the 1930s

Liberal Studies

  • The Essay

  • Education, Self & Community I/II

  • Critical Thinking & Writing

  • Research Writing

  • Senior Project A & B

  • Directed Studies

  • Introduction to Academic Writing


Small Group Workshops

  • The Research Paper

  • Reading Critically

  • The Process of Writing

  • Using Sources Effectively

  • Avoiding Plagiarism

  • Using APA Style

  • Writing as a Sacred Path

  • 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


Publications

  • 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.


Education

  • Ed.D. Education
    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

  • M.A. Poetics
    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


Memberships

Association of Writers & Writing Programs