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LINDA TRICHTER METCALF, Ph.D., author and educator, has been hailed as “an original thinker in the field of creativity.” A native New Yorker, she graduated from the High School of Performing Arts in Manhattan and the City College of New York, and received her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in literature from New York University. In the mid- 1970s, Linda created the practice now known as Proprioceptive Writing® (PW), while a professor at Pratt Institute, where she was regarded as an inspiring and innovative teacher. Since then she has taught PW at such varied institutions as the New School University, Esalen Institute, Omega, and the New York Open Center.
In 1978, she and her partner, Tobin Simon, moved to Maine, where, in l982, they founded the PW Center, and she began to teach PW as a method of therapy. In 1996 she and Toby moved the center to New York City where she taught group and online classes in PW; conducted PW therapy; and directed the PW Teacher Certification Program. In 2006, in a new expanded PW Center in the San Francisco Bay area, she continues to teach individuals and groups and is a consultant to writers and other artists. She is the author (with Tobin Simon) of Writing the Mind Alive: The Proprioceptive Method for Finding Your Authentic Voice, Ballantine Books, 2002.
TOBIN SIMON, Ph.D., poet and educator, received his B.A. from Washington and Jefferson College, his M.A. from Stanford, and his Ph.D. from New York University. While a professor of English and Humanities at Pratt Institute, he began teaching PW with Linda Trichter Metcalf in 1977. He is co-founder and co-director of the PW Center, now in Emeryville, California, formerly in New York City. A poet and teacher of poetry for over thirty years, he is expert at guiding students through the difficulties of the creative process and on to the satisfactions of completed work. A devoted coach, he has long used PW to teach poetry as well as to help people, individually and in groups, articulate their deepest feelings. He is co-author with Linda Trichter Metcalf of Writing The Mind Alive: The Proprioceptive Method for Finding Your Authentic Voice.