Shara Keller, MFA
Shara Keller, MFA, earned her BA in Liberal Studies with an emphasis on Creative Writing from Antioch University Santa Barbara in 2008. She also served as AUSB's Assistant Registrar while attending the Antioch University Los Angeles' Masters in Creative Writing program, graduating with her MFA in December 2010. Her writing interests range across all genres, but her Master's work focused on Creative Nonfiction and Poetry. She is a prize-winning poet, and her work has appeared in newspapers and academic journals.
Shara grew up on a farm along the Santa Ynez River, and currently is working on a memoir of the River, A Rolling History of the Santa Ynez, as well as a new collection of poems inspired by nature. She lives 3 miles downstream from her family's old farm, with her husband, a cat, two dogs, a snake, an organic garden and a growing variety of wild bird families.
Prior to teaching Academic Writing at Antioch, Shara was a nurse, worked for the US Forest Service, and more recently, served as a volunteer with AmeriCorps. She believes that every person comes to Antioch with the desire to be of service to the world. "By being a part of this community, so diverse but with one heart, we are living in a rare climate which emboldens us to realize our dreams."
Goals for 2013: a family hike to the summit of South Sister in Central Oregon, a return trip to the Deschutes River, and short treks along the Pacific Crest Trail.