D.W. Hartford currently resides in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, and is a lifelong educator with classical training in the Liberal Arts and a broad range of classroom experiences, traditional and online and much else in-between. With diverse creative talents and interests of his own (music, poetry, drama, “penformancing”), he is increasingly engaged in leading workshops, presentations, and other inspirational events that spark the creative talents of others and lead to the educational chuckles, joys, and insights of self-exploration and self-improvement.
He earned his Ph.D. in 1999 from Boston University and taught in both Philosophy and the Humanities for 13 years at the collegiate level. More recently, he has worked primarily from home, as an educational consultant for creative/educational organizations; as a writing coach and editor; as an ESL-teacher; as a writer of creative-educational-elevational books, stories, dialogues, and plays — with audiences (individuals, small groups, large groups) ranging from 6 to 60 years of age.
His primary outreach-aim is to share the (Nothing Less Than!) extraordinary wonders and insights that fill “ordinary life”, often without being seen or appreciated. He also unpacks the practical helpfulness of classical Philosophy (for example, How to Have Conversations Like Socrates!) for modern persons. He is dedicated to supporting creativity wherever he finds it and continues to involve himself in traditional artistic endeavors; for example, he has been an active participant in Gulf Coast “indie” film-making and, more recently, the Bay St. Louis Little Theatre.
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