By: Hudson Carroll
Every year, Gilman welcomes a new Tickner writing fellow to teach a creative writing class and bring writers to various assemblies throughout the year to read excerpts from their work. This year, Gilman’s Tickner fellow is Mr. Ben Naka-Hasebe Kingsley. Having grown up in Indiana, Pennsylvania and gone to college in Los Angeles, Mr. Kingsley had not heard of Gilman until he applied for the Tickner fellowship.
Following college, Mr. Kingsley immediately began teaching in order to obtain his Masters of Arts (MA) and Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) from the University of Pennsylvania. After gaining some teaching experience at Penn, Mr. Kingsley travelled to Florida where he worked at the University of Miami and Miami Day College. While Mr. Kingsley doesn’t know many students yet, he said his, “impression is positive!” and he is, “excited” to begin working with students from Gilman, RPCS, and Bryn Mawr in his creative writing class.
In addition to his teaching exploits, Mr. Kingsley has had several poems and other works published in several journals. Also, Mr. Kingsley has two books which are currently under contract and are close to being published. Mr. Kingsley will be around for the following year as he continues to write while teaching at Gilman.