A Means of Living, Seeing, and Teaching through Haiku


  • Nathan G. Whitman Derby High School, WSU Tech, Hutchinson Community College
  • Beth Gulley Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas
  • Lori Muntz Southeastern Community College, Burlington, Iowa




book review, haiku, Natalie Goldberg, creative writing, ELA, English, education, poetry, curriculum, lesson plans, social-emotional learning, mindfulness


Natalie Goldberg's Three Simple Lines: A Writer's Pilgrimage Into the Heart and Homeland of Haiku was reviewed by several Kansas Association of Teachers of English members who participated in a book study. Goldberg's text is applicable not only for one's own creative pursuits, but it is also valuable for instruction of haiku in ELA classes and social-emotional activities. No matter where one is on their life or pedagogical journey, there's something for everyone to unpack from Goldberg's text.

Author Biographies

  • Nathan G. Whitman, Derby High School, WSU Tech, Hutchinson Community College

    Nathan G. Whitman (he/him), M.A. English, B.A. Secondary English Education & Creative Writing, is the current Kansas Association of Teachers of English President and the Editor in Chief of its Voices of Kansas journal. He has been a KATE and NCTE member since 2012. He teaches English at Derby High School USD 260 and is also an adjunct professor at Hutchinson Community College and WSU Tech. He is a recipient of the 2014 Kansas Cable Telecommunications Horizon Award and a member of the Kansas Exemplary Educators Network. He can be reached at nwhitman@usd260.com and on Twitter @writerwhitman.

  • Beth Gulley, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas

    Beth Gulley is a Professor of English at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas, where she has taught developmental writing, composition, and literature since 1998. She holds an MA in English Literature from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and she earned a PhD in Curriculum Theory from the University of Kansas in 2009. Her academic publications include Feedback on Developmental Writing Students' First Drafts in the Journal of Developmental Education, Kehinde Wiley's Paintings: Men As They Could Be in Kansas English, MLA 8: We Are Here, But Should We Have Come? in Literacy and NCTE. In addition to supporting adjunct faculty and mentoring new faculty at JCCC, Beth serves on the boards of Flying Ketchup Press, the Riverfront Reading Committee, the Writers Place, and the Kansas Association of Teachers of English. In 2016-2017 she took a sabbatical to teach at Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi'an, China.

  • Lori Muntz, Southeastern Community College, Burlington, Iowa

    Lori Muntz (she/her), Ph.D. English, has been a KATE member for two years and presented at the 2021 KATE Conference. She has been an English instructor at Seward County Community College in Liberal, KS, for three years, where she taught first year composition, creative writing, and American Literature. Muntz moved from Kansas to Iowa in summer of 2022 to teach at Southeastern Community College in Burlington. She is a reader for the Little Patuxent Review.






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