Nadia Colburn

Nadia Colburn
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Literature Reading Trauma Studies
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photo-nadiaI'm interested in the intersection of literature and psychology, woman's studies, spirituality, deep ecology, trauma studies and activism. In short, I'm interested in the intersection of literature and the world. I believe that the personal is always political and that the political is also, always, personal.

My scholarly work and my creative work have been morphing and the line between the two is less clear. I am a poet, a creative non-fiction writer, and a perpetual reader of and writer about literature. In my more scholarly pieces I ask the questions: what do we learn from reading--literature, history, the landscape, faces and bodies? What do we learn ourselves and others? And how does what we know change us in the world?

I'm always at work on several projects; two I'm especially excited about are:

a book about the importance of reading in people's lives


an exploration of sexual violence in the pre-colonial/pre-conquest Americas. Are there documented cases of rape prior to the Europeans' arrival in the "New World"? How did rape shape that conquest? How does the history of sexual violence play out and perpetuate itself? And why is it important to understand this history?

I have lectured and taught creative writing workshops at local universities such as MIT and Lesley University. I also teach writing as contemplative practice and writing and yoga classes in the New England area.

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