Cheryl Buchanan, JD, MFA, is the founder of Writers Without Margins, Inc. She began participating in community writing programs as an undergraduate at Trinity College when she lead workshops at the Avery Heights Retirement Home. Her writing credits range from a docu-series on the Discovery Network to an academic essay on ethics and new media in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing to poetry in various literary journals. In 2014 she received an Academy of American Poets Prize and in 2015 she was a recipient of the Boston Mayor’s Poetry Award. Cheryl is a member of the National Association of Poetry Therapy, the PEN New England Freedom to Write Committee, and the Connecticut, Arizona, and Nevada State Bar Associations. She has taught for several years at Emerson College and is currently the editor of Writers Without Margins: A Journal of Poetry and Prose.
Executive Director & Founder / Facilitator
Stephen Kennedy Smith
Stephen Kennedy Smith, JD, M.Ed: Stephen has been actively engaged in the fusion of literature and social progress since the late 1980s when he first taught “Literature and Social Reflection” at Harvard with psychiatrist, Dr. Robert Coles, twice winning the Danforth Award for excellence in teaching. He received his Masters in Education at Harvard and then went on to be certified in Negotiations at Harvard Law School and teach conflict resolution and collaborative decision making to corporate clients and NGOs. Currently, in his capacity as a Founder and Executive Vice President at Pear Therapeutics, he is dedicated to increasing access to mental health treatment through digital technology and innovative partnerships. Stephen is a Lecturer at the Sloan School of Management and Fellow at the M.I.T. Media Lab where he develops programs in healthcare and values-based investing. He has worked as a senate speechwriter and speaks, internationally, on the importance of compelling narrative coherence in both business and interpersonal communication. Stephen’s immediate family has contributed significantly to the support of mental health and disabled communities through expressive arts by establishing programs such as Jean Kennedy Smith’s Very Special Arts organization and the New York University Veteran’s Writing Workshop Fellowship.
Theo Theoharis, PhD
Theo Theoharis, PhD: Theo is a distinguished professor, editor, translator and global lecturer on a wide range of classic and contemporary literature and poetry. He is known for his ability to convey transcendent messages and meanings for diverse and multi-cultural audiences of varying ages, interests and backgrounds. He is the author of, James Joyce’s Ulysses: An Anatomy of the Soul, and Ibsen’s Drama: Right Action and Tragic Joy, as well as translator of Complete Poems of Constantine P. Cavafy. He currently teaches in the Harvard University Comparative Literature Department, and presently offers original courses as varied as: “Getting Real: Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens and Elizabeth Bishop”; “African American Fiction and Poetry, the Last 90 Years”, and “Classic 20th Century American Novels of the 50s and 60s: The Natural, To Kill a Mockingbird, and True Grit.” When not teaching in a traditional classroom setting, Theo also holds workshops for high school teachers and community leaders as well as corporate clients and international groups. His territory spans from Shakespeare in the public schools to Walt Whitman in China and his provocative syllabi continue to evolve and maintain relevance with the challenges of a volatile world.