A Conversation with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

Interviewed by Mark Matousek
October, 2013

Caryn Mirriam Goldberg

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg is an American poet, writer and professor at Goddard College, where she is the coordinator for the Transformative Language Arts track, which she initiated. Enriching people across the United States, Mirriam-Goldberg uses workshops, retreats, and readings to broaden different communities’ ideals about spoken, written, and sung word. Her books include Animals in the House, The Sky Begins at Your Feet: A Memoir on Cancer, Community, and Coming Home to the Body, and The Divorce Girl: A Story of Art and Soul, and Needle in the Bone: How a Holocaust Survivor and Polish Resistance Fighter Beat the Odds and Found Each Other. She talked to Mark about the sacred power of words, surviving cancer, and why, as Dostoevsky believed, “beauty will save the world.”

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Mark Matousek is the author of two award-winning memoirs, Sex Death Enlightenment: A True Story and The Boy He Left Behind: A Man’s Search For His Lost Father, as well as When You’re Falling, Dive: Lessons in the Art of Living and Ethical Wisdom: The Search for a Moral Life. A featured blogger for Psychology Today, Purple Clover, and The Huffington Post, he has contributed to numerous publications including The New Yorker, O: The Oprah Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Yoga Journal, The Chicago Tribune, Details, AARP, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, and The Saturday Evening Post. A popular lecturer, mentor, and teacher, he is on the faculty of The Omega Institute, The New York Open Center, and other institutions, as well as offering private workshops and classes internationally. He is the Creative Director of V-Men, an organization devoted to ending violence against women and girls, and the founder of Mark Matousek Media, a digital publishing company whose products and editorial services focus on transformational writing, self-inquiry, and creativity. His latest book is Ethical Wisdom for Friends.