Pireeni Sundaralingam Pireeni Sundaralingam

Adjunct Associate Professor
Masters of Fine Arts

School of Consciousness and Transformation
PhD, University of Oxford

Born in Sri Lanka and raised both there and in England,  Pireeni Sundaralingam  is co-editor of  Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry (U. Arkansas Press, 2010), which  won both the 2011 N.California  Book Award  as well as the 2011 Josephine Miles national book award from PEN Oakland.  Her own poetry has been published in journals such as Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Hayden's Ferry Review, Crab Orchard Review,The Progressive, Cyphers (Ireland), Karavan (Sweden), The North (UK), and Magma (UK) among others, as well as in anthologies by W.W.Norton, Prentice Hall, & Macmillan, and has been translated into several languages, including Gaelic, Swedish, Vietnamese and Tamil.

Educated at the University of Oxford, Sundaralingam has held research posts as a cognitive scientist at MIT and UCLA, and national fellowships in both poetry and cognitive, as well as, most recently, a fellowship in interdisciplinary thinking at the Institute for Spatial Experiments, in Berlin. She is currently writing a book on Creativity, Poetry, and The Brain.

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MFA Faculty

Randall Babtkis Randall Babtkis
Adjunct Associate Professor, Masters of Fine Arts
School of Consciousness and Transformation , MFA, Columbia University
Anne Bluethenthal Anne Bluethenthal
Associate Professor, Writing, Consciousness, and Creative Inquiry
Masters of Fine Arts, School of Consciousness and Transformation
MFA, New College of California ,
Carolyn Cooke Carolyn Cooke
Professor and Department Chair , Writing, Consciousness and Creative Inquiry
Masters of Fine Arts, School of Consciousness and Transformation
MFA, Columbia University,
Rob Daniels Rob Daniels
Senior Lecturer in TheatreProgramme Coordinator: MA Performance, Master of Fine Arts
School of Consciousness and Transformation, MA in Drama by Practice as Research, University of Kent: Canterbury; BA (Hons.) Performance Studies (1st class), University of Northampton
Neil Freese Neil Freese
Adjunct Lecturer, Masters of Fine Arts
School of Consciousness and Transformation,
Christian L. Frock Christian L. Frock
Adjunct Assistant Professor , Masters of Fine Arts
School of Consciousness and Transformation , MA, University of London
Mark Jackson Mark Jackson
Assistant Professor, Theater and Performance Making
Masters of Fine Arts, School of Consciousness and Transformation
BA, San Francisco State University,
Stephanie Anne Johnson Stephanie Anne Johnson
Adjunct Professor , Masters of Fine Arts
School of Consciousness and Transformation ,
Tomiko Jones Tomiko Jones
Visiting Artist and Curator in Residence , Masters of Fine Arts
School of Consciousness and Transformation , MFA, University of Arizona
Cindy Shearer Cindy Shearer
Professor, Writing, Consciousness, and Creative Inquiry
Masters of Fine Arts, School of Consciousness and Transformation
PhD, State University of New York, Albany,
Erika Chong Shuch Erika Chong Shuch
Associate Professor, Theater and Performance Making
Masters of Fine Arts, School of Consciousness and Transformation
MFA, New College of California ,
Pireeni Sundaralingam Pireeni Sundaralingam
Adjunct Associate Professor , Masters of Fine Arts
School of Consciousness and Transformation , PhD, University of Oxford
Deirdre Visser Deirdre Visser
Curator of Arts at CIIS, Writing, Consciousness, and Creative Inquiry
Masters of Fine Arts, School of Consciousness and Transformation
MFA, University of California, Irvine,
Zara Zimbardo Zara Zimbardo
Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Undergraduate Studies
Masters of Fine Arts Programs, School of Consciousness and Transformation
MA, California Institute of Integral Studies,

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