Apple & Quill: Writing Workshop with Karen Lee Lewis

Led by regional educator, Karen Lee Lewis, this workshop focused on Alyson Shotz's "Forces of Nature" exhibition. Karen guided workshop participants through a series of exercises designed to connect language with the "forces of nature" present in Shotz's art.

Karen Lee Lewis’s poetry, short fiction, features, interviews and photography have been widely published. She teaches creative writing for various non-profit organizations and art galleries though out Western New York. She also teaches creative writing to children in a variety of settings, including public, private and parochial schools. Her “Picturing Poetry” project was the subject of a documentary film, and it was featured in Teachers & Writer’s magazine. She is a fellow of The Banff Centre, Canada’s creative leader in arts and culture. Karen participated in the first National Seminar on Teaching Artistry at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. For more information please visit her website at

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Kristin L. Strohmeyer

Reference and Outreach Librarian, Hamilton College

Kristin L. Strohmeyer is a Reference and Outreach Librarian at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. Kristin is the departmental liaison for many humanities departments and history, providing instruction and research assistance to those faculty and students. She is also a member of the HILLgroup, and is actively involved in New Faculty and New Student Orientation. She currently serves on the ALA Library Instruction Roundtable Steering Committee, and is past-president of the Eastern New York Chapter of ACRL. Kristin received her B.A. in English Literature and Medieval History from Potsdam College in New York, and her M.S. in Library Science from Simmons College in Boston.

Alex Rihm

Research & First Year Experience Librarian, Hamilton College

Alex Rihm serves Hamilton's first year students and the faculty who teach them in her work as Research and First Year Experience Librarian; she also provides support to the Hispanic Studies and Latin American Studies departments. Her professional interests include information literacy instruction and assessment.  Alex holds her MLIS from the University of Washington in Seattle and BA degrees in International Affairs and Hispanic Studies from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR.