© 2017 Phyllis Meshulam

Phyllis Meshulam first went to Italy, where her father had been stationed during World War II, at five. Threads of those journeys are woven into her newly-released book of poems, Land of My Father’s War, from Cherry Grove Collections.

She is a veteran teacher for California Poets in the Schools. Seen here  at the Watershed Poetry Festival in Berkeley with a student, newly published in the lesson plan book, POETRY CROSSING.

She is a coordinator, and poet-coach, for the nationwide recitation program, Poetry Out Loud. Seen here with Dana Gioia, now CA Poet Laureate,  who founded Poetry Out Loud during his tenure as head of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Since 2001, she has been an active participant in the Veterans Writing Group convened by Maxine Hong Kingston. She has also been been a presenter at the nation-wide writing conferences, AWP and Split this Rock. Seen here with Cal Poets colleagues at the 2014 Association of Writers and Writing Programs in Seattle.