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I’m Nadia. My work explores the relationship between voice, body, spirit, and action.

I invite students and readers to use the power of literature for transformative, compassionate change—individually and collectively.

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  • "From the opening poem and on through this glorious book, Nadia Colburn strikes the difficult balance between celebrating the splendor of the world we inhabit and acknowledging the grief and devastation that none of us can escape. As much a book of love songs as a book of elegies, I Say the Sky is a heart opening and mind sharpening collection." —Camille Dungy
  • "Colburn connects words to earth, body to family, and family to nature. Here, language is sacred; uttering a word, composing a line, writing a stanza is a prayer of joy even if the context is loss; even loss can be an occasion to be grateful. Colburn has given poetry a breath that revives it, that urges others to see deeper and reclaim their humanity."—Jimmy Santiago Baca

"In poems at once profound and accessible, Nadia Colburn finds splendor and astonishment in a natural world—and a human world—that is deeply troubled yet still majestically beautiful. Both elegy and celebration, I Say the Sky addresses some of the most challenging aspects of human existence, from childhood trauma to environmental devastation, and discovers, in unexpected and clear-sighted ways, wisdom, wonder, and peace.

Colburn's brilliant second book charts a journey to meet the self. From girlhood to parenthood, loss to discovery, in poems that sing, the book explores how meaning is made. Claiming the female voice from silence, the poems find their grounding in the body and achieve rootedness and hope.

I Say the Sky is a meditative and ultimately inspiring book that will be savored by seasoned readers as well as those new to poetry." See more about the book here.

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About Me

Nadia Colburn  Writer, Teacher, Yogi, Activist. 

I’m so glad you’re here!

In my own writing, I explore questions of the body, motherhood, trauma, healing, social and environmental justice, and the power of narrative.

My full-length poetry collection, The High Shelf, was published in the fall of 2019. Chase Twichell wrote of the collection: “Spare, brilliant, and open-hearted, these poems do what we most need art to do in this perilous age: they show how the mind invents both itself and its world, and thus where our responsibility lies. This is a book that will reward both readers of poetry and those seeking insight into suffering and resilience. An exhilarating read.”

My second poetry book, I Say the Sky, was selected as the 2022 Poetry selection in the University Press of Kentucky's New Poetry and Prose series and will be published in early 2024.

I also write creative nonfiction, personal essays and lyric memoir, where I explore the intersection of my personal stories with the larger social, historic, environmental stories around us. 

I’m particularly interested in how the literature we read helps orient us to the world. 

My poetry and prose have won awards and been widely published in more than 80 national publications including The New Yorker, The Kenyon Review, LA Review of Books, Lion’s Roar, Spirituality & Health, and Boston Globe Magazine.

I’ve worked with thousands of students and offer in-person creative writing classes in the Boston area, and online writing classes that often bring together meditation, yoga and writing, in-person retreats, and one-on-one coaching.

I've seen again and again that we write our best work when we bring our full selves to our writing and attend to both craft and process, the mind and the body.

I bring together my more traditional academic background with a more holistic, mindful approach. I have a BA from Harvard and a Ph.D. in English from Columbia University and have taught literature and creative writing at MIT, Lesley, Stonehill College, and Grub Street. I've offered lectures and retreats at  Harvard Divinity School, Copper Beech Institute, and Mass Poetry Festival. I’m the writer-in-residence at Northeastern's Center For Spirituality, Dialogue and Service. I'm also a serious student of Thich Nhat Hanh, a certified yoga teacher, an activist for peace, equity and the environment, and mother of two.

I have a wide variety of programs and can develop programs suited to your individual needs. Please reach out to me with any questions!

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Nadia Colburn is truly one of those very great teachers

Nadia Colburn is truly one of those very great teachers

Pam Boll Director of "Who Does She Think She Is"

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Enrollment opens Fall 2024!

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Taking Nadia’s class changed my life and I do not exaggerate when I say ​it was how I found my true life, my true self.

Taking Nadia’s class changed my life and I do not exaggerate when I say ​it was how I found my true life, my true self.

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At last I discovered a writing mentor, Nadia Colburn, who dares to value both the craft of writing and one’s personal journey of body, mind, spirit and voice.

At last I discovered a writing mentor, Nadia Colburn, who dares to value both the craft of writing and one’s personal journey of body, mind, spirit and voice.

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by Nadia ColburnFebruary 16, 2024

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