Mifanwy Kaiser Biography

Mifanwy Kaiser founder and CEO of Tebot Bach, Inc., retired after 32 years of teaching grades 7-college and in menís prisons.  Mifanwy was a nominee for the Kentucky Teacher of the Year, received The Kentucky Secretary of Corrections Award for Outstanding Service (her students set then broke the state record twice for the number of GEDís issued through the prison system.  They would have continued their run, but love got in the way and she married John Kaiser, not an inmate, in 1985 and moved to California).  She won the Cable in the Classroom Instructional Unit award (the English/Social Studies unit on the Vietnam War developed by Mifanwy and her teaching partner at Costa Mesa High School was sent to Russia for teachers to use), and was a language arts teacher trainer for the California Department of Education. Mifanwy has written poetry since she was in the first grade and  used poetry as a teaching tool since 1970.   The founding of Tebot Bach comes out of her Welsh background, her love for poetry and her proven belief in the power of poetry to transform life experiences, regardless of age or socio-economic standing.  Tebot Bach publishes and Spillway, the yearly California poetry anthology, Southern California Poetix,  and books by single poets.  She hosts the Five Penny Poet reading series, a Tebot Bach program, with Paul Suntup, Mindy Nettifee, Steve Ramirez, and Dima Hilal.