The Muse's instructors are all working writers and published authors who have taught courses at colleges, universities, and other community organizations. Read our teachers’ biographies and see what classes they are currently teaching.
Tim Seibles, born in Philadelphia in 1955, is the former Poet Laureate of Virginia and is the author of several poetry collections including Hurdy-Gurdy, Hammerlock, and Buffalo Head Solos. His first book, Body Moves, (1988) has just been re-released by Carnegie Mellon U. Press as part of their Contemporary Classics series. His latest, Fast Animal, was one of five poetry finalists for the 2012 National Book Award. In 2013 he received the Pen Oakland Josephine Miles Award for poetry—also for Fast Animal. Tim was given an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Misericordia University for his literary accomplishments. Most recently, he received the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Award for Fast Animal, a prize given triennially for a collection of poems.
During the spring semester of 2010, Tim was poet-in-residence at Bucknell University. A National Endowment for the Arts fellow, he also enjoyed a seven-month writing fellowship from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center in Massachusetts. His poetry is featured in several anthologies; among them are: Rainbow Darkness; The Manthology; Autumn House Contemporary American Poetry; Black Nature; Evensong; Villanelles; and Sunken Garden Poetry. His poem "Allison Wolff" was included in Best American Poetry 2010 and, most recently, his poem "Sotto Voce: Othello, Unplugged" was featured in Best American Poetry 2013.
He has been a workshop leader for Cave Canem, a writer’s retreat for African American poets, and for the Hurston/Wright Foundation, another organization dedicated to developing black writers. Tim lives in Norfolk, Virginia and is a Professor of English at Old Dominion University where he teaches literature as well as classes in the MFA in writing program. He is also a member of the board of directors of Norfolk’s The Muse Writers Center where he also teaches advanced workshops in poetry.
Current Classes Taught
Previous Classes Taught
- Begin, See, See Again
- (Fall 2020)
- Chiaroscuro: The Poetry of Memory
- (Fall 2021)
- Creative Writing Camp for Adults
- (Summer 2022)
- Love Is A Strange Hotel or Love is Honeysuckle-Cinnamon or Love is Black Ice on a Bright Day
- (Winter/Spring 2020)
- Personas are Us: Who Do You Think You’re Talking To?
- (Summer 2021)
- Tell Me A Story
- (Summer 2022)
- The Burning Robe: Writing the Erotic
- (Fall 2022)
- The Shorter Poem: Sure as a Karate Chop
- (Winter/Spring 2021)