Teresa (Terri) Whitman writes poetry, stories, and essays. Her work has been published in the anthologies Mixed Voices: Contemporary Poems about Music, Two Words Walking, Looking for Home, and in numerous journals including Mizna, Water~Stone Review, and Mid-American Review. As winner of the 2012 Cambria Eisteddfod Poetry Competition, she was chaired as bard of Blue Earth County.
She has been awarded Minnesota State Arts Board grants in fiction and in poetry, a Jane Kenyon poetry prize, a Loft-McKnight Award, a Loft Creative Nonfiction Award, an AWP Intro Award, a Loft Mentor Series Award, and an Academy of American Poets Award. She earned her M.F.A in Writing from the University of Minnesota and her B.A. in English from Williams College.
Interested in the creative practices shared by musicians, writers, and other artists, Terri believes in the power of the arts to transform consciousness and therefore lives. She has taught writing and literature courses at the University of Minnesota and the University of St. Thomas. She has also co-owned a bakery, given tours at the Walker Arts Center, managed a darkroom, and edited legal journals for Butterworth Legal Publishers.
At McNally Smith College of Music, Terri teaches Creative Writing, Writing about Music, and Music Research and Bibliography. She is the faculty adviser to Composed: The Literary Journal of McNally Smith College of Music.