Lucia's fire is contagious, her encouragement radical, her commitment to her students, to the community, to social change and justice inspiring.

--Alyssa Adkins




Lucia Pawlowski, PhD

Founder and Director

Lucia Pawlowski earned her PhD in English from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2012 with a specialty in writing theory.  Lucia offers over 15 years of experience in the teaching of all kinds of writing: basic writing, advanced writing, the history of writing, and the theory of writing.  She also has taught and published in the areas of literary theory and cultural studies, especially Marx and queer theory.  Lucia has worked as a writing professor at the University of St. Thomas, St. Catherine University, and Metropolitan State University.  She currently worked as a Professional Writing Consultant at Metropolitan State University.


Lucia offers not just over a decade of experience in the teaching of writing, but also a track record in political activism, labor organizing, and non-profit management.  In Minneapolis in 2007, she co-founded the University of Minnesota branch of the Experimental College, a free university with classes on everything from Nietzsche to bike repair; she served as the Managing Director for a non-profit puppet theater in the Twin Cities in 2004; she served as the Educational Workers Industrial Union 620 representative for the Industrial Workers of the World-Twin Cities in 2012; she worked for the graduate workers union drive at the University of Minnesota from 2010-2012; she organized for the adjunct union effort at the University of St. Thomas from 2013-2014.


Lucia has designed several writing curricula around the Twin Cities: a curriculum to teach the college admissions essay to Harding and Johnson High School students; a tutor-training curriculum for writing mentors in that program; a writing curriculum for a course offered to recipients of the Eddie Phillips Scholarship for African-American Men; and a week-long summer writing boot camp for high school students of color through the University of Minnesota. 


Besides her writing instruction, management, and organizing experience, Lucia also provides anti-racist consulting around the Twin Cities—including Anoka-Ramsey Community College, the University of Minnesota, and the University of St. Thomas—and publishes on anti-racist praxis.  Her chapter “Creating a Brave Space Classroom Through Writing” is in the book Teaching Race: How to Help Students Unmask and Challenge Racism (2018).


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