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M.A., Literature and Writing, Union Institute and University, '11B.S., Organizational Management, Bluefield College, '06
Crystal White Kieloch has been with Bluefield College since 2000 and currently teaches literature and writing in the English Department. She is also the Director of the QEP (Quality Enhancement Plan) entitled The Confident Communicator which is a writing program designed to reinforce writing skills throughout the majors and curriculum of the College.
Kieloch’s thesis: Quest Divina: A Journey into the Feminine Spiritual Memoir explores five memoirs by women from diverse spiritual traditions and further solidified her journey toward completing her own memoir and encouraging women to share their stories. She is currently writing a personal memoir which tells the story of her Appalachian coming-of-age. When teaching memoir writing workshops she encourages women and senior citizens to write their stories. She says, “Your messy, beautiful story matters. Tell it!” Her poetry focuses on the complexity of relationships and the grandeur of the Appalachian region and has won several local and regional awards. She is also at work editing several unpublished novels written by her late husband.
She serves on the Board for the New Opportunity School for Appalachian Women (NOSW) which reaches out to underserved Appalachian women and is a part of the local board for NOSW at Bluefield College. When the New Opportunity School is in session, she teaches a workshop on creative writing and a workshop on personality styles. Additionally, she is an advocate for libraries and is a part of the Tazewell County Friends of the Library and has been a part of this group for many years.
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