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Judith HarwayMy approach to the teaching of writing is rooted in my identity and commitment as a working writer, as well as my passion for fostering the growth of young artists and designers. Writing is fundamental to articulating the issues and ideas that inform any kind of making. At all levels of the MIAD curriculum, in both required and elective courses, my goal is to engage the creative curiosity of students, and to invite them to explore the myriad ways in which writing enhances and structures learning.

Judith Harway holds an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University, and has been a member of MIAD’s Writing faculty since 1992. She regards her role as an educator as inseparable from her life as a writer. Her books include Sundown: A Daughter’s Memoir of Alzheimer’s Care (recipient of the 2015 Eric Hoffer Award for non-fiction), plus four collections of poetry: All That is Left, Swimming in the Sky, The Memory Box, and Vanishing Point (a collaboration with Kathleen Dale, Louisa Loveridge Gallas, and Bill Murtagh).

Judith’s work has earned two Wisconsin Arts Board Literature Fellowships, the Muse Prize for Excellence in Poetry from the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, and numerous other honors. She is a founding member of the Milwaukee Jewish Artists’ Laboratory, and a fellow of both the MacDowell Colony and the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts. She is also Managing Editor of Zarigueya Press, a women’s literary publishing collective.

She and her husband, musician Dan Armstrong, share their home with a couple of rescued dogs, who have happily replaced their grown children.

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