Tags: Education; Literary Criticism

Marilyn McEntyre

Poetry, Spirituality

Marilyn McEntyre’s writing connects spirituality, language, literature, and healing for the earth and each other, including helping each other navigate a deeply divided political conversation with integrity. Several of her books address word-care: Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies; What’s in a Phrase?; Word by Word; and Speaking Peace in a Climate of Conflict (2020).

After teaching undergraduate English for several decades, then teaching in the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program, she now holds a visiting professorship at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley. She offers writing workshops and leads retreats around the country, and is working with co-author Shirley Showalter on a book about grandparenting, having realized that eight grandchildren qualify her to speak on the subject. She relies on the good humor, sharp editorial eye, and morning coffee supplied by her husband, a retired pastor and, like herself, early riser.

Festival Years: 2012, 2016, 2018, 2020, 2021