As an educator over the last thirty years, Kirpal Gordon has taught creative writing, journalism, composition, critical thinking, literature, business and professional writing at Hofstra University, Fordham University at Lincoln Center, New York Institute of Technology, The College of New Rochelle at Rosa Parks Campus, Borough of Manhattan College (CUNY), College of Staten Island (CUNY), New York City Technical College (CUNY), Bronx Community College (CUNY), Mercy College, Schreiner University, Central Arizona College, Arizona State University and for many arts organizations, prisons, high schools and adult education centers.
Upon reading a scene from my novel at Kirpal's writing workshop, he gave me more insight than I'd ever all the time I had previously invested, including having paid an editor to do a 400 page-by-page reworkand that was just the first ten minutes of the first session! Using a Socratic method I much admire, he helped me develop a more critical and appreciative eye toward my own work.
Leah Klein, psychotherapist, author of Red Blood/White Snow
Interaction is the basis of any good writing workshop, and that's why I admire Kirpal Gordon's approach so much. Students report not only self discovery but of connecting to, rather than competing with, the discoveries their peers are making.
Morty Schiff, director of creative arts, College of Staten Island
Kirpal Gordon's eight year contribution to our education program speaks to his unique skills as a communicator. While teaching GED and pre-college Language Arts, he also taught CLEP Psychology, created a 4,000 book donation library, wrote press releases, developed a Prison AIDS Education Committee with a local doctor, designed performance projects with P.E.N., Poetry Society of America, Alternative Literary Programs and CAPS, trained group facilitators through the National Issues Forum, taught journalism by producing the national award winning Arthur Kill Alliance, a prison magazine with a circulation of 1,500, and taught creative writing by founding EMPIRE, an internationally acclaimed literary arts annual of NYS inmate writing with a circulation of 5,000. His citation for special recognition from Commissioner Thomas Coughlin was very well deserved.
Kathleen Gerbing, Education Director, Arthur Kill Correctional Facility
Kirpal Gordon has been an integral part of Rhythm, Rhyme & Rap, our literacy-based music-poetry program for high school students. He knows his subject incredibly well and he's got great rapport with our students.
Dr. Sherrie Maricle, Education Director, New York Pops