“Here is why I love my job: It is not uncommon to have a day where I get to battle Beowulf with an illustrator, debate the structure of a sentence with a sculptor, and help a photographer develop a poem. It is quite a pleasure to help our students to see the connection between the visual arts and the written word and to foster the practice of expression.”
Colleen Michaels has been a member of the Montserrat community since 2001 in multiple roles. She teaches writing and is a learning specialist in the College’s Writing Center. Colleen received her BA in English from the University of Buffalo and her MA in English from SUNY College at Fredonia, where she received the Dean’s Award for Excellence for her thesis Devil in a Green Dress: A Study of Morgan le Fay in Medieval Arthurian Literature. Her poems and essays have appeared in Images, A Room of our Own, and Bread and Circus. She has been a featured poet for the New and Emerging Writers Series in Arlington, MA. She also works as a freelance writer and editor.
She has extensive experience in higher education administration. In addition to having served as Registrar at Montserrat, she has held similar posts at Northeastern University and Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Previously, she taught English and was the Director of the Audrey Bard Writing Center at Erie Community College in Buffalo, New York.
Education: B.A. English, State University of New York at Buffalo; M.A., English, State University of New York at Fredonia