I am a writer, poet, postpartum and bereavement doula living in the mountains of North Carolina, on Cherokee ancestral land. I honor the indigenous roots of storytelling and their deep influence in my life and work and am committed to centering racial equity and justice to help heal and co-create communities of care.
I write what I call Poetic Narrative, allowing the everyday flow of life to fuse with symbology, ritual, folklore, and deep spiritual reverence in nature. The dreamlike prose that emerges holds yearnings of the spirit and prayers that capture the delicate details of this living, interweaving them into self and our shared collective journey. With predominant northern Ireland ancestry, I find myself in the ancient mythology and lore passed down through generations of writers, poets, and story weavers.
I write to remember. I write to call something forward from the shadows. I write to intertwine the seen and unseen, the past and present, the tangible and mythical, into words that serve as reminders of the veils of time and experience we dance within.
In 2020, I was awarded a grant from the N.C. Arts Council and Haywood County Arts Council to print, bind, and publish a book of my poetry, Soft With Me, which was printed in two small batches and hand-bound by Azalea Bindery in Asheville, N.C. In late 2021, I published Letters for Talullah, a collection of 35 poems, including a handful from Soft With Me, with new pieces found in journals and written in honor of my Tallulah who left the world sooner than expected in 2019.
Throughout 2022, I held monthly grief circles in my studio in Mars Hill –focused in allowing the stories of the body forward using poetry, breathwork, narrative medicine, somatic centering and integration techniques alongside creative arts healing modalities. I deeply believe that these tools should be accessible for all in community and recognize the ways that capitalism and racism have harmed and continue to harm indigenous, black, and brown people in Western North Carolina. I am always seeking ways to hold and offer these tools in right relationship to heal that harm– through sliding scale offerings, donations in support of teachers and organizations of color, learning from and with indigenous and black communities whenever possible. In addition to monthly grief circle offerings, I work with individuals one-on-one using writing and breath/somatic experiencing as a therapeutic tools to help explore the body, process experiences, and create a warm, nurturing space for witness and integration.
I prefer to be outside in relationship with the “greater than human” world as eco-psychologist Mary Jayne Rust says. I believe that learning and practicing body-centered communication in alignment with one’s truth and having a nurturing and safe (trauma / race / politically informed) space is a key element in our reweaving communities of care beginning with the self. The greater than human world guides us and holds us as the generative place to return, and feel our bodies in nature as a space for deep connection, healing, and reciprocity.