Michele Leavitt

Unity College Michele Leavitt
Adjunct Instructor
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Curriculum Vitae 
Environmental Arts and Humanities

Academic Background

MFA, Creative Writing, Vermont College of Norwich University
MA, English Literature, Salem State College
JD, Suffolk University Law School
BA, History, Suffolk University

I am a writer who has taught composition, creative writing, literature and other courses at the college level for over twenty years, although I began my professional life as a trial attorney in 1981. After completing my M.A. in English Literature in 1989, a brief teaching experience convinced me that I preferred the classroom to the courtroom, and so I began to further prepare myself for a career in teaching and writing. While still maintaining my law practice, I completed an M.F.A. in creative writing at Vermont College in 1995, and turned to teaching as a full-time vocation.

My teaching experience ranges from composition courses at traditional American institutions, like the University of North Florida and the University of Idaho, to literature seminars at a Japanese institution, to creative workshops at a battered women’s shelter, to online and low-residency study programs at non-traditional institutions like Vermont College. Whether I meet my students face-to-face or online, my most important goal is to know them as fellow human beings first.

Here at Unity College, I have a number of roles: I'm married to our president, Stephen Mulkey, I serve on the editorial board of Unity's journal of creative sustainability, Hawk and Handsaw, and I work on public relations and development projects as a special assistant for college outreach. My poetry and prose are widely published and have won several awards; information about my most currently published work is available at www.michelejleavitt.com. And, finally, I blog about the people and events at Unity House, the president's residence.