"From your first words you knit together a community in
the classroom, including absolutely everyone in the marvelous enterprise
of reading and writing, and you were so funny and astonishingly
modest, given your achievements."
-- Marisha Chamberlain, teacher, poet, playwright
"Freya, you read magnificently. Your presence is so startling
and honest and frank and fresh that it should be bottled. Probably
not as a cologne, but as incense, to humble and waft memories to
us of when we were once in touch with basic things. The poems themselves,
of course, are wonderful."
-- Rick Hauser, TV producer
"Thank you again so much for agreeing to read and workshop
at both the Western American Literature Association and the University
of Nebraska at Omaha’s Women’s Studies program. Members
of both camps raved about your passion, your talent, and your commanding
performances. I was watching faces as people emerged from your plenary
session, and I could tell you had profoundly affected them. Come
-- Dr. Susan Maher, Professor of English at the University of Omaha,
"I’d like to thank you for a wonderful class. It was
truly one of the most productive and exhilarating I’ve yet
experienced. I only wish the class had gone on a few more weeks."
-- Susanna Styve, Advanced Poetry Writing, The University of Minnesota
"Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the arts panel
at the 35th Bunting Institute Reunion. We couldn’t decide
which aspect of your work was more impressive, the beauty of your
poems or the expressive quality of your presentation. Please come
back and read again."
-- Iris M. Fanger, The Bunting Institute, Radcliffe/Harvard
"Freya Manfred’s visit to Augustana College not only
helped my Creative Writing students understand the beauty and inspirational
power of the literary arts, but her public reading was also met
with uniform praise, especially from students who do not normally
come into contact with poetry. The two days that Freya spent on
campus were full of wisdom, keen observation, and in infectious
creative energy that lasted well beyond her departure."
-- Dr. Patrick Hicks, Augustana College
"This was a positive experience in every way. I always looked
forward to class, despite the sub-zero temps and icy roads. Freya’s
feedback was always perceptive and enlightening."
-- Marcia Dale, 16 week writing class at THE MARSH
"There appeared to be a huge variance in the students’
ability and experience in writing, and our ages ranged from 19 to
82, and yet you put an overabundance of personal energy into every
piece of our work. I truly appreciated your teaching, and you."
-- Jane Borochoff, THE MARSH
"Poet Freya Manfred, daughter of novelist Fred Manfred, continued
the “have faith in yourself” theme during her workshop
at St. John’s U. She is such a natural and gentle teacher,
she even drew four lines out of me and I’ve never written
poetry in my life."
-- Mary Ann Grossman, columnist, ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS
"To put it simply, this woman has soul. She is insightful,
articulate, inspiring. In relating to groups with varied backgrounds
and interests, including students ordinarily reserved, quiet and
unconcerned, she was able to hold their attention while bringing
to the surface thoughts and feelings which they then expressed in
amazingly honest and moving ways. Not just a performer, she focuses
on students’ own latent writing skills, helping them to overcome
old fears and mental roadblocks. Genuine individual expression is
her world, whether it be motivating, teaching, or coaxing out hidden
skills. People like Freya are rare, and having her here and watching
her share her talents was a real gift. She would be a natural assent
to any creative writing program."
-- Dr. Tom Matchie, Professor of English, NDSU
"We did so enjoy having you with us on our campus. It was a
real delight too the next day to have writing students bringing
up ideas which you had sparked in them. You will be amused to know
that our advisor to the student committee on cultural affairs has
a new headache -- a unanimous committee decision to cancel all the
rest of our foreign film series and to replace it with visiting
poets! Typical student reaction -- but neat all the same. Be assured,
we are looking for your return visit."
-- Sister Eileen Neville, Mount Marty College
"In deep appreciation for the warm, spontaneous workshop, Poetry
As Freedom, you conducted. We are still hearing from the students
about the lively interaction at your seminar."
-- M. A. McAllister, The Lindenwood Colleges, Santa Monica, CA
"Thank you for the wonderful craft talk and reading. I will
be telling students poets for the rest of the year to remember how
you performed your poems, and to do likewise -- that is, give the
language the same kind of love and respect you gave it."
-- Roger Sheffer, English Professor, Mankato State University
"What a wonderful lift for a sagging winter quarter. Freya’s
poems were grand, and her presentation just right. We will have
her visit the women writers class this spring."
-- Karen Gleeman, English Professor, Normandale Community College
"As comments filter back, it seems that in a few short weeks
you touched a thread in each member of your five classes at The
Blake School, at Herculean task! We hope you will return in the
-- Roxy Forbes, English Chair, The Blake School
"Kids are still talking about last week and enthusiasm has
carried over. Stop here anytime. You will be remembered by every
one of us."
-- Terry Hendrick, Director, Adolescent Treatment, Yankton State
"We are all more conscious of what poetry really is because
of the very human way you read and explained your poetry, and got
us to write our own."
-- Ellie Lindstrom, Co-ordinator, Gateway Learning Resources, Huntington,
"You captivated Joe Survant’s poetry class, and it was
clear that they wished it could have gone on longer. Your reading
the same day was compelling, deeply felt, and just plain beautiful.
Many have told me how much they enjoyed it. The way you connected
with our students was exactly right. The poems themselves were so
moving, so vivid, so excellently delivered...and many praised your
reading of the excerpt from your memoir, with its wonderful insights
about the life of the novelist, your father, and the formation of
you, the writer of the next generation."
-- Nancy Roberts, Professor, Western Kentucky University, Bowling
"As in previous years, Freya captured the imagination of students
with whom she worked for a week. Students have a feeling of warmth
and affection for her from the very beginning. This kind of response
does not often emerge so quickly and so sincerely, but it is very
evident in her classroom. We students and teachers who have been
in Freya’s workshops are especially privileged. We will ask
for her again next year."
-- Vera A. Sadler, Chairman English Dept. Washington Senior High
"Freya Manfred was in immediate hit with my classes this week.
She related to every student in her own unique way...no student
was left out of her evaluations or comments. Every student felt
a part of the learning process. She gave positive reinforcement
to the students as well as criticism, but she first established
the rapport she needed to do this. I cannot extol her presence enough.
Bring her back next year!"
-- Joyce Elaine Lauer, English Chairman, Lincoln Senior High School