Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
McEwen received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from the Kings College, in 1979 and 1984 respectively.
Berkeley, California, United States
McEwen earned Master of Arts degree from the University of California in 1982.
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
McEwen worked at Brooklyn Public Library for 2 years from 1986.
66 5th Ave, New York, NY 10011, United States
McEwen served at Parsons School of Art and Design from 1992 to 1994.
29 Everett St, Cambridge, MA 02138, United States
McEwen worked at Lesley University from 1996 till 2009.
Off the Cuff - logotype of the magazine
Lambda Literary Award
65 W 11th St, New York, NY 10011, United States
McEwen served at Eugene Lang College for a year from 1992.
(For Jo's Girls, editor Christian McEwen has assembled a c...)
For Jo's Girls, editor Christian McEwen has assembled a collection of fiction and memoir that looks at what it has really meant to be a tomboy from the nineteenth century to the present-and at what the refusal to turn into a "young lady" has implied.
(In the Wake of Home is a volume of acute tenderness: for ...)
In the Wake of Home is a volume of acute tenderness: for a father’s drinking, a sister’s death by drowning, a brother’s suicide, a lover found and lost, and above all for the vulnerable child self that remains alive in the grown woman who seeks "a way to praise."
(World Enough and Time focuses on the positive effect of d...)
World Enough and Time focuses on the positive effect of deliberately simple living on creativity. McEwen juxtaposes religious traditions of both the East and West, and intertwines words of wisdom from writers ranging from Montaigne to Ralph Waldo Emerson and from Virginia Woolf to Jack Kerouac to Adrienne Rich, artists and musicians from John Ruskin to Meredith Monk, and myriad psychologists, linguists, philosophers, and scholars.
McEwen received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from the Kings College, in 1979 and 1984 respectively. She earned Master of Arts degree from the University of California in Berkeley in 1982.
McEwen served at the Ban Noi Leprosy Mission in Thailand as a paramedical assistant, from 1974 to 1975. She was a counselor at mental health service Casa La Vida, for a year from 1981. For 2 years from 1984, McEwen held the position of a creative writing teacher in London, England, including her work at Fulham and South Kensington Adult Education Institute and Goldsmith’s College at University of London. McEwen joined the Brooklyn Public Library as a writing teacher and adviser to Literacy Program, staying there for 2 years from 1986. After that period of time she moved to the Parsons School of Art and Design, working as an adjunct faculty member from 1992 to 1994. Simultaneously, from 1992 to 1993, McEwen served at the Eugene Lang College as an adjunct faculty member.
For 13 years from 1996, McEwen held the position of an adjunct faculty member and lecturer of Creative Arts in Learning Program at the Lesley College (now Lesley University).
Additionally, McEwen was a writer at the Roots and Branches Intergenerational Theater for three years from 1991. She was also a publisher of the magazines, including Undiagnosed, from 1981 till 1982, and Off the Cuff, from 1984 till 1986.
McEwen is currently a contributor of articles, stories, poems, and reviews to magazines and newspapers, including Granta, American Voice, and Teachers and Writers. She has also served at Williams College's Center for Environmental Studies since 1998. As a teacher of Winter Studies Program there, she helps students to develop “a mind of winter” through disciplined exercises in writing and drawing. McEwen conducts workshops in schools and senior centers, documenting their outcome through anthologies, public readings and radio programs.
(In the Wake of Home is a volume of acute tenderness: for ...)2004
(For Jo's Girls, editor Christian McEwen has assembled a c...)1997
(Sparks from the Anvil: The Smith College Poetry Interview...)2015
(World Enough and Time focuses on the positive effect of d...)2011
Quotations: "My primary motivation for writing is a desire to bridge past and present, Scottish childhood and North American adulthood; to tease out giant conundrums of class, gender, and homophobia to make something sturdy and beautiful."
McEwen is a member of Writers Union.
McEwen's influences include John Daniel, Mary Oliver, Adrienne Rich, Scott Russell Sanders, Charles Simic, Alastair Reid, and the landscape of Scotland and western Ireland.