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Caley O’Dwyer, MFA, MA, MFT

Antioch University Los Angeles

Caley O’Dwyer, MA, MFT, MFA specializes in both Psychology and Creative Writing and is an Affiliate faculty member in the Division of Undergraduate Studies at AULA. He also teaches as an adjunct instructor in AULA’s Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology Program and has taught extensively at University of California at Irvine, where he earned his MFA, and at the University of Southern California, where he taught writing for ten years. Caley’s course offerings in undergraduate psychology have included The Psychology of Happiness, Sources of Creativity: Theory and Practice, The Psychology of Consumer Behavior, Applications of Psychology in the 21st Century, and Human Sexualities. His undergraduate creative writing courses at AULA have included Writing as Seeing: Understanding the Poetic Self, Advanced Multi-genre Creative Writing Workshop, Two Hawks Quarterly, and The Art of Humor. He’s also taught Clinical Practicum, Personality Theory II: Comparative Contemporary Theories, and Process of Interpersonal Therapy II in AULA’s graduate psychology program and primers in Narrative and Solution Focused therapies at Philips Graduate Institute.

Caley is a poet and a painter. Caley’s poetry collection, Full Nova, was published in 2001 by Orchises Press and poetry on the paintings of Mark Rothko has been on display at the Tate Modern Museum in London and published in numerous literary journals, including Alaska Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, Cream City Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Ekphrasis, and others.  His paintings have been on display at a number of spaces in Los Angles, including at Bergamot Station, ArtShare LA, and other venues.

Alongside his teaching and writing, Caley provides strength-based therapy in his private practice in downtown Los Angeles, where he helps people draw upon their hopes, skills, interests and values to renegotiate relationships with problems and create new, preferred life possibilities. Caley is particularly interested in helping people whose lives don’t seem to and/or don’t want to match up with dominant cultural expectations. Culture, wonderful as it is, often plays a significant part in sustaining relationships with problems. Caley is interested in helping people renegotiate these relationships. His private practice is next door to his art studio and on the days that he’s not teaching or biking down the LA River, he quite happily goes back and forth between painting and conversations with clients. He works with creative people of all kinds and especially loves working with young adults.


Educational History

BA, Sarah Lawrence College (1992)
MFA in Creative Writing, University of California, Irvine (1999)
MA in Counseling Psychology, Phillips Graduate Institute (2008)

Full Nova. Washington, D.C., Orchises Press, 2001. Poetry.

Levure Littéraire. 2017. “Dark Greens on Blue with Green Band,” “Slate Blue on Brown and Plum,” “Rust and Blue.”
Live Encounters. 2017. “The Groves,” “Le Caverne Maudite,” “Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome,” “Green Light.”
Levure Littéraire. 2016. “Light, Earth and Blue,” “White and Greens in Blue,” “Orange and Brown,” “American Proverb,” “Derby in Polymer,” and  “A Desperate Situation.”
Two Hawks Quarterly. 2014. “Mauve,” and “White Cloud.”
Warwick Review. 2013. “Blue Penumbra.”
Curator Magazine. 2013. “Separation and Packaging.”
Cream City Review. 2012. “Reds.”
Zocalo Public Square. 2012. “Bikini Factory.”
The Spoon River Poetry Review. 2011. “Field Design.”
Zocalo Public Square. 2010. “Green and Blue, 1957.”
Ekphrasis. 2009. “Yellow Greens, 1953,” “Black on Maroon, 1959,” “Violet, Black, Orange, Yellow on White and Red, 1949.”
Burnside Review. 2008. “Blue, Green, and Brown, 1952.”
Tuesday. 2007. “White Center, 1957.”
Orange Coast Review. 2007. “Moving On” and “Untitled, 1949.”
Pearl. Spring 2007. “Help.”
Faultline. 2005. “Untitled, 1969,” “Full Nova,” and “Black on Maroon, 1959.”
Alaska Quarterly Review. 2003. “Untitled, 1968” and “Four Darks in Red.”
Prairie Schooner. 2003. “Brown and Gray, 1970” and “Black and Blue.”
Many Mountains Moving. 2003. “Snake” and “He Clicks and Waits.”
Web Del Sol. 2001. “Untitled, 1969,” “Green and Tangerine on Red,” and “Magenta, Black, Green on Orange, 1949.”
UCI Journal. 2001. “Today is a Good Day for Beating up Roger.
Hayden’s Ferry Review. 2000. “In the Cool House.”
Poet Lore. 2000. “Walk Home.”
Texas Review. 2000. “Chillicothe.”
Tex!  (appeared as a supplement in The Dallas Morning News). 2000. “Texas” (an “Images of Texas” contest winner, selected by Pulitzer Prize Winner Yusef Komunyakaa).
Faultline. 2000. “Don’t Look in the Lake Boat,” “Scully’s Father in Space,” and “Plastic Lilies.”
Washington Square. 1999. “Afterward.”
Santa Barbara Review. 1998. “Ice Victim at Lake Winnipeg” and “Yellow Coreopsis.”
Spelunker Flophouse. 1997. “Yellow Coreopsis.”
The Quarterly. 1995. “The Color Birds.”
Sarah Lawrence Review. 1992. “Goldfish.”

Monster Verse: Poems Human and Inhuman. Fall 2015. Everyman’s Library /Penguin Books.  “My Parents Were Monsters.” Eds. Tony Barnstone and Michelle Mitchell-Foust.
Dustup: New California Writers. 2004. “Betty” and “Nearly There.” Ed. Phil Hay.
Texas in Poetry: A 150-Year Anthology. 2002. Texan Christian University Press.
“Texas.” Ed.   Billy Bob Hill.
Anteater Reader: 2002. Pearson Publishing. “Scully’s Father in Space.” Ed. Ray Zimmerman.

Recipient of a Helene Wurlitzer Grant for poetry (1993)
Recipient of an Academy of American Poets University and College prize (1998)
Winner of the The Dallas Morning News “Images of Texas” poetry contest, judged by 
Yusef Komunyakaa (2000)
Three-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize for Poetry
Recipient of Humanities UCI Faculty Career Development Award (2002)
Humanities Lecturer of the Year Award, University of California, Irvine, (2001)
Recipient of University of California, Irvine’s Instructional Technology Mini-Grant Program award for development of the WR 39C Student “Essentials” website (2002)
USC Parents Association Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring Award (2009)
USC’s Advanced Writing Teaching Award (2010)

Affiliate Faculty,

BA in Liberal Studies


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