Instructor Bios


Carolyn Keller: Director and Instructor- Kid’s Workshop

12208432_790454910620_7733262063040695041_n-1Carolyn Keller is an avid traveler and former journalist now working toward her PhD in English and Creative Writing at Binghamton University. Her travels have taken her across the U.S. three times, and to fourteen countries on four continents. She believes poetry is a way for us to give voice to the stories and emotions, large or small, that create our inner worlds and outer lives. Finally, because we all have to start somewhere, she considers her crowning literary achievement thus far to be the occasion upon which her idol, David Sedaris, offered her an olive.


Heather Humphrey: Assistant Director – Adult’s WorkshopAuthor Photo

Heather Humphrey is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in English Literature and Creative Writing at Binghamton University. She is the fiction editor for Harpur Palate and Director of the Literati Reading Series. Heather has a passion for community service and plans to use her degree to create a safe space in which at-risk youth can experience free exposure to the arts, and where literacy can be re-imagined through creativity and play.



Macaulay Glynn: Instructor – Teen’s Workshopimage1-1.JPG

Macaulay Glynn is a graduate student in English literature and creative writing at Binghamton University.  She was editor-in-chief of the Keystone College literary magazine The Plume for two years and a three-time recipient of the Edward Cameron IV American Academy of Poets prize.


Jessica Femiani: Instructor – Senior’s Workshop10700286_10204846104970659_5895807832849585971_o.jpg

Jessica Femiani was born in NYC, reared in Rockland County, and headed straight back to NYC after college. She lives in upstate New York, is pursuing a Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing at SUNY Binghamton, and reads aloud to whomever, whenever, and wherever.


Timothy Lavis: Instructor – Adult’s II Workshop 

Tim Lavis received an MA in American Literature from St. Bonaventure University in 2014. He is currently a doctoral candidate at Binghamton University where he is writing a dissertation on contemporary poetics titled “Language after L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E.” Meanwhile, he teaches courses in composition and classes on American poetry since Modernism which consider the intersection between critical poetics and the public humanities. His other research interests include anthology studies, digital pedagogy, and studies of the avant-garde.


Adam Gellings – Veteran’s Workshop IMG_20170704_115633

Adam J. Gellings is a poet from Columbus Ohio. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in English Rhetoric and Creative Writing at Binghamton University. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Post Road, Quarter After Eight & Salamander.

Isabel Dietrich: Intern – Kid’s Workshop 

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Isabel is currently a sophomore at Binghamton University where she is pursuing a major Comparative Literature and minors in German and French. Isabel is still dipping her toes in the literary world, but hopes to one day make a great, big splash. Isabel writes poetry in her free time and feels that it is a unique and cathartic medium of expression.



Elyssa Diamond: Intern – Adult’s Workshop 

Elyssa is a senior at Binghamton University studying creative writing and human development. When she is not writing (poetry, essays, blogs, tweets, whatever), you can probably find her at a concert, baking cookies, or pushing her glasses up from the brim of her nose.







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