My Work

Photo taken Summer 2022 by Photographer Micah Mackenzie for the Art in the Heart poetic grief circle project being funded by the City of Asheville. The mask was hand-made by Artist Lydia Nichole.

Education

Honorary Degree in Mass Communications, University of North Carolina at Asheville

Narrative Medicine Graduate Certificate in progress at Lenoir Rhyne University


Notable Publications

My work has been published in the following:

  • Franklin County Arts County Lines Literary Journal
  • The Porch Magazine
  • Mountain Xpress
  • The Laurel of Asheville
  • Hot Springs Tourism & Welcome Center
  • Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine
  • Food Life Magazine
  • Asheville Grit

My Work Through The Years

Between the years 2012 and 2018, much of my writing took place within a start-up supporting small businesses and nonprofits and later as part of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County. Much of my early freelance work was focused in community-oriented stories and published in Western North Carolina publications that centered them. What I consider my work didn’t deepen and take shape until 2019 as I came into right-relationship with my ancestry and truly learning to wield writing as a therapeutic tool for self and in community.


NC Artist Support Grant Funds Release of Chap Book ‘Soft With Me’Fall 2020

A North Carolina Artist Support Grant funded the small batch creation and release of a collection of poetry titled Soft With Me. A local printer printed 50 copies which were then hand-stitched bound by local book binder Azalea Bindery and sold in indie bookstores across Western North Carolina.


Hominy Rising Arts & Awareness — June, 2021

In celebration of Hominy Creek Greenway and the Friends of the Hominy Creek Greenway volunteer nonprofit group helping sustain this treasured local resource, a selection of artists were chosen to create work and share in a two day celebration. My piece, ‘Interweaving: Self, Story, Nature’ represents the feelings and words that find us in nature, the reciprocity of that feeling in return to her, and the hope that these words land and nurture and inspire you. It invites participants as they walk to allow the words to interweave into their experience and take note of the words that find them. It features an old medicine cabinet with healing words from a selection of poetry painted onto stones tucked within and around for participants to take in and interact with.


Publication of Collection of Poetry ‘Letters for Tallulah’- December 2021

In the fall of 2021, I launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the publication of a body of work titled Letters for Tallulah. Several of the poems had been published in the small chapbook publication of ‘Soft With me’ the year prior. After hitting my funding goal, I was able to print 100 copies, which were sold in indie bookstores throughout Western North Carolina. The Mountain Xpress featured my work and interviewed me about the process of self-publishing. The UNC Asheville Alumna Association also featured my work as part of their Alumni Spotlights.


Poetic Grief Circle Project selected for Art in the Heart by City of Asheville — August 2022

I am currently curating a body of work focused on using poetry as healing in a grant-funded project through Art in the Heart and the City of Asheville. For this project, I am curating a roaming public grief ceremony in which I’ll wear a grief ceremony mask created by a local artist and read a selection of my poems centered on grief and healing throughout the city October 1, 2022.


Teachers + Trainings That Have Been Deeply Educational & Impactful to Me + My Work

  • Sowing Post Capitalist Seeds: 14-week online course a foundational learning circle to explore the origins of capitalism and the possibilities for other systems as each person develops their unique practice to seed into their lives and communities. Collectively we explore body liberation, money, mutual aid, land ethics, collectivism, and spiritual practices among other topics and examine topics from socio-economic, historical, personal, and interpersonal lenses. 
  • Racial Equity Institute +  the Phase 1 REI Training: An alliance of trainers, organizers, and institutional leaders who have devoted themselves to the work of creating racially equitable organizations and systems. They help individuals and organizations develop tools to challenge patterns of power and grow equity.  I participated in their two-day Phase 1 training in 2020–  “designed to develop the capacity of participants to better understand racism in its institutional and structural forms. Moving away from a focus on personal bigotry and bias, this workshop presents a historical, cultural, and structural analysis of racism. With shared language and a clearer understanding of how institutions and systems are producing unjust and inequitable outcomes, participants should leave the training better equipped to begin to work for change.”
  • Inviting Abundance + the ‘Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss Training’: Inviting Abundance brings their backgrounds as researchers, teachers, and grieving parents to their work of teaching and holding creative grief + healing practices. In the perinatal loss training, we learned the devastating birth disparity and inequity for birthing persons of color. I’m looking forward to being a part of their ‘Grief Immersion for Death Workers’ course in the fall of 2022
  • SeekHealing + the Listening Training: SeekHealing’s mission is to make experiences of meaningful human connection universally available and accessible, thereby building communities that generate positive social health outcomes and reduce deaths of despair. I attended their Listener Training in the Fall of 2021. Listening Training is administered as a six-week online class teaching participants a new way of relating with each other in a world where authentic relationships are scarce. These skills are supportive to those in need of active support in recovery from trauma or addiction, as well as friends and family of such folks, or anyone seeking more meaningful connection in their life.