Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Edna Kovacs received her B.A. in Anthropology from Northwestern University. As the recipient of the Bliss Carmen Poetry Award she was awarded a scholarship to attend the Banff Arts Centre. She holds a Masters in Education with specific endorsement in learning disabilities from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Ph.D. in Expressive Arts with a specialization in Multicultural Education from the Union Institute and University. She has been a certified journal instructor since 2000 and has worked at Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Oregon with a Regional Arts and Culture Council Arts in Healthcare Consortium Grant as well as with at-risk youth in the Portland Public Schools. She is a member of the National Association For Poetry Therapy and ORTESOL.
Edna is the author of three books on writing including the groundbreaking Writing Across Cultures: A Handbook on Writing Poetry and Lyrical Prose, Writing With Multiple Intelligences and In A Place Called Sanctuary. Her haiku chapbook, Mandalas, won the Cicada Chapbook Award.
An extraordinary teacher who has a gift for providing writers with new insights into their craft as well as new understandings of themselves, Edna has taught students of all ages through the National Endowment for the Arts' Artists-in-Education Programs, the Oregon Council For The Humanities' Chautauqua in the Schools Program, Portland Public Schools, Young Audiences of Oregon, Community Centers, Special Education Projects and in Elder Hostel Programs. She has had a full career of teaching in the Portland Public Schools and at Linfield College and currently facilitates community writing projects in Portland, Oregon.
World Poetry Readings based in Vancouver, British Columbia, featured poet Edna Kovacs in their January 21,2012 website post. More