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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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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.

Jennie Meyer

About Me

Nadia Colburn  Writer, Teacher, Coach, Yogi, Activist

I’m so glad you’re here!

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.

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.”

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. Sharing authentic stories of women’s lived, embodied experiences allows us to understand ourselves and our world differently.

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 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 have offered lectures and retreats at such places as Harvard Divinity School, Copper Beech Institute, and Mass Poetry Festival. I’m also a serious student of Thich Nhat Hanh, a 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

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