Nadia Colburn

Nadia Colburn holds a Ph.D. in English from Columbia University. She is a certified Kundalini yoga teacher and an Order of Interbeing aspirant in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village Tradition.

Nadia’s writing has won numerous awards, including a PEN/NE Discovery Award in Poetry. Her debut poetry collection, The High Shelf, was published in 2019 with The Word Works Press, and her second book I Say the Sky is was published by the University Press of Kentucky’s New Poetry and Prose series. Her essay “Listening to My Body” appears in the anthology The Anatomy of Silence: Twenty-Six Stories About All the Sh** That Gets in the Way of Speaking About Sexual Violence.

Her poems and creative nonfiction have been widely published in more than seventy national publications including The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, Spirituality & Health, Lion’s Roar, Truthout,, American Scholar,, Literary Imagination, Boston Review, Kenyon Review, Harvard Review, Yes! Magazine, Yale Review, Southwest Review, Boston Globe Magazine, Conjunctions, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Women’s Studies Quarterly, LA Review of Books, Volt, Columbia: A Journal, elephant journal, Appalachia, Tiny Buddha, and many other places.

Nadia is a founding editor at the spirituality and social justice magazine, Anchor, published by Still Harbor, and a Research Scholar at the Ronin Institute. She is passionate about helping students and clients uncover their full stories and unlock the power of their creative voice. Learn more about Nadia at her website

Student Feedback for Nadia

Nadia was very knowledgeable and informed, and was able to wrangle a hugely diverse audience. Erin Ellison