S.Marie LaFata

S.Marie L.

Battle Creek, MI

Lesson Details



S.Marie delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 2011

S.Marie Clay is a PhD student at Western Michigan University where she teaches advanced creative writing courses and serves as the editor in chief of Third Coast Literary Magazine. She was awarded the 2016 Herb Scott Award for excellence in poetry, and is a 6 time pushcart prize nominee. Her work has been featured in The Adroit Journal, The Journal, The Pedestal, Puerto Del Sol, Tupelo Quarterly, Juked, Eleven Eleven, Drunken Boat, Columbia Poetry Review, The Best of Kore Press and others.

Throughout my education, I have been an active volunteer, locally teaching at prison rehabilitation centers and medical care facilities in addition to teaching at Beadle Lake Elementary School, Columbia, Chicago, and Western Michigan University.

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Creative Writing Instructor
Jan 2015 - Present
Calhoun County Medical Care Facility

Work as a volunteer, teaching poetry to patients with alzheimers and dementia.

Creative Writing Professor
Jan 2014 - Present
Western Michigan University

Teaching creative writing to undergraduate students.

Poetry Curator for Word 6 exhibition
Sep 2012 - Mar 2013
Chicago Art Museum

Curated a poetry and hybrid text exhibition for artists in a museum space. Photos of the exhibition found here: http://students.colum.edu/deps/the-arcade/exhibitions/word-6/index.php

Creative Writing Professor
Jan 2011 - Jan 2013
Columbia, Chicago

Taught English, Composition and Creative Writing to undergraduate students.

Creative Writing Instructor
Jan 2009 - Jan 2011
Kalamazoo Correctional Facility

Used poetry to aid in the process of rehabilitation for female prisoners.


PhD, Creative Writing: Poetry
Jan 2011 - Present
Western Michigan University
MFA, Creative Writing: Poetry
Jan 2011 - Jan 2013
Columbia, Chicago


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


2016 Herbert Scott Award for Excellence in Poetry
Mar 2016
Western Michigan University
Phi Beta Kappa
Jan 2010
Western Michigan University

Photos & Videos

Me and Nick Flynn, author of "Another Bullshit Night in Suck City," "Feelings," and other books of fiction and poetry.

from Word 6: An Architecture of Multi-Modal Poetry

from Word 6: An Architecture of Multi-Modal Poetry

from Word 6: An Architecture of Multi-Modal Poetry

The editors of Third Coast Literary Magazine hard at work!

Reading alongside poet Laureate of Indiana George Kalamaras


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Minda Feb 17, 2017
Poetry · In studio

Since my daughter Haley started working with S.Marie, she hasn't stopped writing! She packs so much into half an hour and gives Haley lots of ideas for writing to do at home as well as books to inspire her.

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