Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor

Affiliate Faculty in Art Education
Professor, Department of Language and Literacy Education
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Melisa “Misha” Cahnmann-Taylor is Professor of TESOL & World Language Education in the College of Education at the University of Georgia and director of National Endowment for the Arts “Big Read – Jeffers Program” 2016. She is the 2015 winner of the Beckman Award for Professors Who Inspire, a 2013–14 Fulbright Award (Oaxaca, Mexico), Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prizes and a Leeway Poetry Grant. Her book of poetry, Imperfect Tense (Whitepoint Press) will be published in July 2016, and she has co-authored two books, Teachers Act Up: Creating Multicultural Learning Communities Through Theatre and Arts-Based Research in Education. She has published numerous articles, and poetry about language learning, sustainable or fragile states of bilingualism, and teacher education. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Women’s Quarterly Review, Cream City Review, Barrow Street, Puerto Del Sol, Mom Egg, and many other literary homes. She judges the annual Anthropology & Humanism poetry contest and is the editor of the ethnographic poetry section. Follow her blog at