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SARAH LEAVENS 

slleavens@gmail.com • (c) 765.561.0012 • sarahleavens.com • linkedin.com/sarahleavens

EDUCATION


MFA Nonfiction and Poetry 
Concentrations in Pedagogy & Travel Writing 
Margaret L. Whitford Fellow 
August 2012 
Chatham University, Pittsburgh PA 

BFA English (creative writing) and 
Visual Art (painting) 
Magna Cum Laude, May 2006 
Wittenberg University, Springfield OH 

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS 


2016-.
Lecturer, University of Pittsburgh, Department of English, Pittsburgh, PA 

Courses Taught 

Spring 2018

  • Professional Uses of Social Media 
  • Grant and Proposal Writing 
  • Writing Center 

Fall 2017 

  • Seminar in Composition 
  • Grant and Proposal Writing 
  • Writing Center 

Spring 2017 

  • Professional Uses of Social Media 
  •  Grant and Proposal Writing 
  •  Writing Center 

Fall 2016 

  • Grant and Proposal Writing 
  • Grant and Proposal Writing 
  • Writing Center 

2015-16.
Visiting Lecturer, University of Pittsburgh, Department of English 

Courses Taught 

Spring 2016 

  • Professional Uses of Social Media 
  • Grant and Proposal Writing 
  • Writing Center 

Fall 2015 

  • Grant and Proposal Writing 
  • Grant and Proposal Writing 
  • Grant and Proposal Writing 


OTHER TEACHING EXPERIENCE 


2013-2015

Part-time Faculty, University of Pittsburgh, Department of English, Pittsburgh, PA 

Courses Taught 

Spring 2015 

  • Professional Uses of Social Media 
  • Grant and Proposal Writing 

Fall 2014

  • Grant and Proposal Writing
  • Grant and Proposal Writing 

Spring 2014

  • Grant and Proposal Writing 
  • Written Professional Communication 

Fall 2013 

  • Grant and Proposal Writing 

2004-.

Independent Teaching Artist/Writer/Bookbinder, Various Locations 

Workshops 
  • Sensory Nonfiction Writing, a workshop with writers in the Chatham MFA program at their winter retreat, January 2018 
  • Chapbook binding workshop for Fourth River Literary Journal staff at Chatham University, November 2017 
  •  "Bread and Creativity," writing workshop in conjunction with sourdough bread workshop, Chatham University Summer Community of Writers, July 2017 
  • "Digressing in Darkness," a creative nonfiction writing and mixed-media art-making workshop exploring terra incognita  with writers in the Chatham MFA program at their winter retreat, January 2017 
  • Recurring visiting poet guest of resident artist at the Anathan Club (a daytime club of the Jewish Association for Aging), Dec 2016-present 
  • Handmade Journals, Sojourner House Women’s Writing Program with Chatham University, June 2014 
  • “The Sky is Not Just Blue: Place and Setting,” University of Pittsburgh Writer’s Café, March 2014 
  • Exploring Poetry, Community Human Services, Pittsburgh, February 2014 

Residencies 
  • Poetry and Bookbinding, Project Jericho “Spread Your Wings” Summer Arts Camp, Springfield, OH, June 2015 
  • Poetry and Bookbinding, Clark State Community College “College for Kids,” Springfield, OH, June 2015 

2015

Writing Instructor, Pittsburgh Arts in France, Ambialet, France  

Course Taught: Travel Writing 
Workshop : Bookbinding 


2011-.

Instructor, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA 

Courses Taught: Adult Writing 
  • Travel Writing 
  • Essential Poetry 
  • Narrative Poetry 
  • The Prose Poem 
  • Memoir & Personal Essay 
Courses Taught: Adult Visual Art 
  • Figure Drawing 
  • Intermediate Drawing 
  • Drawing Lab
Courses Taught: Teen & Youth Visual Art 
  • Under the Sea 
  • Dr. Seuss 
  • Creative Reuse 
  • Murals 
  • Drawing 
  • Self-Portrait 
  • Life Drawing 
Workshops 
  • Creative Writing Arts Integration for Studio A (arts integration, design thinking, and problem-based learning institute for K-12 educators), July 2016 & 2017 
  • Collaborative story creation with resident artist for Artists in Schools and Communities, Avonworth Elementary School 3rd Grade, January 2017 
  • Travel Poetry, Visiting Artist for elementary field trip, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, May 2014 


2011

Writing Instructor, Earth Ink! Afterschool Program, Pittsburgh 


OTHER HIGHER EDUCATION EXPERIENCE 


Aug. 2006–July 2010 

Specialist, Community Outreach and Education, Clark State Community College, Springfield OH

Developed and directed interdisciplinary arts curriculum for Project Jericho, arts outreach program at Clark State Performing Arts Center; help participants overcome barriers to learning and expression; facilitate projects with hired artists, including instruction of art forms to participants; developed project structure to incorporate high quality instruction that is engaging and rewarding; led public project presentations. Participated in college programs and initiatives; write and report on grants. 

EDITORIAL EXPERIENCE 


Poetry Editor, Lime Hawk, August 2016-Present 
Reader, Creative Nonfiction, Summer 2013 
Nonfiction and Poetry Reader, Fourth River, Chatham Univ. Spring 2011 
Editorial Assistant, Wittenberg Magazine “Class Notes,” Fall 2001–Spring 2003 
Co-Editor, Art Component, Wittenberg Review of Art and Literature, 2003/4-2004/5 

PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS 


Publications/Creative Work 

WRITING

"This Next Poem," Pretty Owl Poetry, July 2017

"Free Bleeding, 19 August 2016," LUNCH, August 2016

“The Vital Gesture,” mojo, Spring 2013, Mikrokosmos, Summer 2013 

“Let’s,” Nerve Cowboy, Summer 2013 

“Mirror Sonnet for my Mother’s Mother,” Corium, Feb. 2013 

“[Hallelujah Fills],” Corium, Feb. 2013 

“Dog Heat Summer,” So to Speak, Spring 2013 

“Grooming,,” Weave, July 2013 

“On Biting One’s Tongue,” Weave, July 2013 

“Impasto,” Stone Highway Review, Feb. 2013 

“Mother Tongue,” Stone Highway Review, Feb. 2013 

“How to Escape,” Blast Furnace, Dec. 2012 

“February on 8B,” Blast Furnace, Dec. 2012 

“Natural History” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 2012 

“Sauna, Early Arab Spring” Diverse Arts Press, Sept. 2012 

REVIEWS/INTERVIEWS/ACADEMIC PAPERS 

“A Review of BK Loren’s Animal, Mineral, Radical,Weave March 2013 

“Goats, Genre, and Getting Closer to the Truth,” Interview, Brad Kessler Fourth River, Fall 2011 

“‘Paradise’ Lost: Descent from an Eden of Understood Hierarchies,” Spectrum, Spring 2005 

ARTWORK 

“Power Without a Face,” Out of Sequence: The Sonnets Remixed from Upstart: A Journal of English Renaissance Studies, August 2014 

“Body Sketches 1 & 2” Weave Magazine, June 2011 

Logo, Green Wittenberg, Jan. 2009 

“Enso 1” and “Branch 1,” Wittenberg Review of Literature and Art, Spring 2005 

“Abstracted Flower,” Wittenberg Review of Literature and Art, Spring 2004 

Presentations 

“‘Paradise’ Lost: Descent from an Eden of Understood Hierarchies,” Winter 2005 Cedarville University (OH) Literary Conference 

Readings 

Featured Reader, "Queer Read-In," Chatham University, November 2017 

Guest Reader, A Vegetarian's Guide to Eating Meat book launch, Pittsburgh, PA, May 2017 

Featured Reader, Cross-Currents: A Conference to Find Fluidity in Identity, Discipline, & Media, Duquesne University, April 2017 

Guest Reader, Call It Something Different Chapbook Launch, Pittsburgh, PA, March 2016 

Featured Reader, Three Day Blow, Pittsburgh, August 2016 

Featured Reader, “Acquired Taste: Hunter, Gatherer, Forager, Scavenger,” Pittsburgh, PA, Oct 2015 

Featured Reader, “Cornucopia: Poems from the Proverbial Kids’ Table,” Pittsburgh PA, Nov. 2013 

Featured Reader, “NOISE,” Penn State, Reading PA, April 2013 

Featured Reader, “Mean Girls,” Pittsburgh PA, March 2013 

Featured Reader, California University of PA, Feb. 2013 

Featured reader, “Versify,” Pittsburgh PA, Feb. 2013 

Featured reader, “Wood-Fired Words,” Braddock PA, Oct. 2012 

Featured reader, “Jam2Jam,” Pittsburgh, Nov. 2012 

Reader, “I Don’t Know What I’d Do, If I Couldn’t Speak My Mind,” Sept. 2012 

Featured Reader, Weave Magazine Issue 6 & 7 Release Party, Jan. 2012 

Reader, “I Don’t Know What I’d Do, If I Couldn’t Speak My Mind,” Sept 2011 

Featured Reader, “Word Circus,” Chatham MFA Reading Series, Jan. 2011 

Most Wanted Fine Art Gallery, Pittsburgh PA 

Reader, “Lettura Di Poesie,” Palazzo Casali, Cortona, Italy, April 2006 

Reader, “Borrowed Kimonos,” Wittenberg University, Sept. 2005 

Exhibitions 

Solo show, “Book/Arts,” May 2013 

East End Book Exchange, Pittsburgh PA 

Two-person Show, “Faster than Walking,” April 2013 

Unsmoke Art Systems, Braddock PA 

Group Show, “Three Ring Circus,” Feb. 2012 

Most Wanted Fine Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA 

Group Show, “Faces of Chatham,” Feb 2011 

Most Wanted Fine Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA 

Featured Artist, “Transitions: Traces and Spaces” Group Show, July 2010 

Yellow Springs (OH) Arts Council New Gallery Opening 

Member Show, Yellow Springs Arts Council, July 2009 

The Art Space Gallery, Yellow Springs, OH 

UGA Artists’ Group Exhibition “Mostra,” April 2006 

Palazzo Casali, Cortona, Italy 

Senior Thesis Group Show, April–May 2005 

Koch Hall Gallery, Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH 

“Snow in Ochre,” Honorable Mention, Annual Juried Show, 2004 

Springfield (OH) Museum of Art 

Wittenberg Group Show, “11:38 PM,” Jan. –Feb. 2006 

Ann Miller Gallery, Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH 

Solo Exhibition, “Paintings,” Nov. –Dec. 2005 

Arts Interface Gallery, Springfield, Ohio 

“Tree,” Honorable Mention, Annual Juried Show, 2004 

Springfield (OH) Museum of Art 


WORKSHOPS & CONFERENCES 


University of Pittsburgh Assessment and Teaching Conference, Jan. 2018 
IWCA: International Writing Centers Association Conference, Fall 2017 
Chatham University MFA Summer Community of Writers, July 2017 
NCPTW: National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing, Fall 2016 
Google Analytics for Nonprofits, Nonprofit Resource Center (NRC), Fall 2016 
Social Media and Ethics in Fundraising, NRC, Summer 2016 
Taking Twitter Further, NRC, Summer 2016 
Facebook for Nonprofits, NRC, Summer 2016 
Allies Training, University of Pittsburgh, Spring 2016 
Social Media Marketing, NRC, Fall 2015 
Measuring Outcomes: Logic Model to Measurement Plan, NRC, Fall 2015 
Solstice Classroom Technology, University of Pittsburgh, Fall 2015 
Visual Thinking Strategies, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Fall 2012 
Using the Grade Center, Pitt CIDDE Workshop, Sept. 2015 
Meet the Funders in Corporate Grantmaking, Nonprofit Resource Center, Oct. 2014 
Multimedia Teaching and Learning, Pitt CIDDE Workshop, Oct. 2014 
Conversations and Connections, Barrelhouse and Chatham University, October 2014 
AWP 2013 Conference, March 2013 
Nonfiction Workshop with Scott Russell Sanders, Aug. 2012 
AWP 2012 Conference, Feb. 2012 
Bridges to Other Worlds Conference, Chatham University, Oct. 2011 
Nonfiction Workshop with Barbara Hurd 
Bridges to Other Worlds Conference, Chatham University, Oct. 2010 
Nonfiction Workshop with BK Loren 
AWP 2011 Conference, Feb. 2011 
Yellow Springs Community Writing Workshop, Aug. 2009–Aug. 2010 

DEPARTMENTAL/UNIVERSITY SERVICE 


Judge, English Dept. Koloc Awards for International Writing (2017-18) 

Member, Composition Assessment Committee (2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18) 

Member, College of General Studies Council (2017-18) 

Co-organizer, Pitt Writing Center Writers' Café (2017-18) 

Member, Composition Curriculum Committee (2017-18) 

Chair, Writing Center Social Media Committee (2016-17, 2017-18) 

Organizer, Social Media Symposium (2016-17) 

Member, Internship Committee (2015-17) 

Member, Pedagogy Committee (2015-17) 

Member, Search Committee, Asst. Prof Writing/Digital Storytelling (Fall 2015) 

Panel participant, “Conversations on Part-Time Faculty Experience,” (Spring 2015) 

Member, Undergraduate Placement Committee (Spring 2015) 


AWARDS/RESIDENCIES/FELLOWSHIPS 


Speaking in the Disciplines Faculty Seminar, Dietrich School Fellowship, Fall 2016 
Pushcart Poetry Prize Nomination, 2013 
Out of the Forge Writing Residency, Braddock PA, 2012–2013 
Best Thesis Award (Poetry/CNF), Chatham University, 2013 
Margaret L. Whitford Fellowship, Chatham University, 2010–2012 
Clark State President’s Award for Outstanding Service, Spring 2008 
Wittenberg Scholar Award (Scholarship), 2001-2006
Allen J. Koppenhaver Prize, 2006 


COMMUNITY SERVICE & INVOLVEMENT 


Judge/Volunteer, Poetry Out Loud, Feb 2012, 2013, 2016, 2018 

Co-author, "A Call for the University of Pittsburgh to Become a Sanctuary University," December 2016 

Member, Pitt Faculty Organizing Committee & Communications Committee, Spring 2015-present 

Organizer, #makescript collaborative Twitter writing project, 2016 

Guest Speaker, Steel Town Sampler Tour (Braddock Brick Oven), March 2015 

Volunteer, City of Asylum literary events, Fall 2011–Present 

Volunteer Firer/Chef, Braddock Community Brick Oven, Summer 2011–Present 

Participant, City of Asylum focus group for Alphabet City literacy center, March 2012 

Volunteer, Child Life, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Feb.–Aug. 2011 

Board Vice President, Yellow Springs Arts Council, July 2008–July 2010 

Judge, Annual YSHS Art Show Scholarship, Spring 2009, 2010 

Judge, Annual Poetry Contest, Clark County Public Library, April 2008, 2009 

Member, Community Advisory Panel, Wittenberg Ctr. for Civic 

& Urban Engagement, Spring 2008–10 

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 


Baker, Allegro Hearth Bakery, May 2013—Aug 2015 

Representative, Graduate Student Assembly, Chatham Univ., 2010–2011 & 2011–2012 

Student Representative, MFA Faculty Meetings, Chatham Univ., 2011–2012 

Co-Organizer, “Word Circus,” Chatham MFA Monthly Reading Series, 2010–2011 

Co-Chair, MFA Council, Chatham University, 2010–2011 & 2011-2012 

Department Assistant, Community Outreach and Education 

Clark State Performing Arts Center, May 2005–Jan. 2006 

Work Study/Intern, Clark State Performing Arts Center, Aug. 2001–May 2005 

Administrative Assistant, Ear, Nose & Throat of Springfield, May 2003–Jan. 2004 

Freelance Artist/Independent Contractor, Fall 2004–Present 

Proofreader, Harcourt Industries, Milroy IN, Summer 2002 

Assistant, Images of Time Photography, Rushville IN, 1999-2001 

OTHER 


Affiliations 

Member, IWCA (International Writing Centers Association), Fall 2017-Present 

Member, AWP: Associated Writers and Writing Programs, Fall 2010–Present 

International Work/Study

France: Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, July-Aug 2015 (writing instructor) Leavens| March 2018 | 9 

Vietnam: Chatham University, April–May 2012 (MFA student) 

Western Turkey: Chatham University, May 2011 (MFA student) 

Cortona, Italy: University of Georgia Studies Abroad, Jan. –April 2006 (BFA student) 

Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan: Wittenberg University, July 2005 (BFA student 

REFERENCES 


Available upon request.