Honors Faculty/Staff Spotlight: Kathayrn Howd Machan!

Hello Honorites!

This is a new segment that we are starting on the Honors Blog called “Honors Faculty/Staff Spotlights”! If you have a faculty member or Honors professor that you want to nominate, please email TTaylor6@ithaca.edu with their name!

Our first Honors Faculty/Staff Spotlight goes to Kathayrn Howd Machan! Read below to find out more about her!


What Honors course(s) do you currently teach? 

KHM: Women and Fairy Tales & also Writing for Yourself


What sort of morning routine do you have to get jazzed for class? 

KHM: Hot ginger tea in a beautiful mug my husband Eric bought for me from an artist in Slovenia.


Do you have any hidden talents?

 KHM: Nothing hidden about my belly dancing nor my orange-oil brownie baking, but my work cultivating my faerie garden is seen by few.


Who/What is your spirit animal? Why? 

KHM: Both Raccoon and Fox: wild independent fierceness and intelligence. I’ve written many, many poems about both.


What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s happened to you in a class?

KHM: One day when my children were both very young–years and years ago–I was so exhausted I walked into the wrong classroom and, without looking up, began to teach to students who had never seen me before.


If you won the lottery and decided to give up teaching, what would you do instead?

KHM: I don’t want to give up teaching; it nourishes my writing. I would take lottery money and buy 431 East Seneca Street, where I lived in my earliest publishing days, and establish it as a small writers’ retreat for others.


If you could pass on any wisdom to your students, what would you share?

KHM: You can do ANYTHING you want to in your life–as long as you are willing to accept the consequences. Also, truly it IS better to be able to love than to be loved.