Originally from a small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains of north Georgia, I moved to Austin, Texas in early 2013, after completing my Master’s degree in Theology and the Arts at Regent College in Vancouver, Canada. For two years, I worked as the Art Program Director at a fine art studio and gallery for artists with disabilities. In the literary realm, I write poetry and journalistic freelance work, am an active member of a writers group, and have taught Creative Writing workshops since 2002. I have industry experience as an editor and literary agent in Nashville, Tennessee.

I’m also a singer and songwriter, playing mountain dulcimer and acoustic guitar. I’ve played in coffee shops and churches; retreats and camps; pubs and house concerts. My first solo album, Hanabi (the Japanese word for fireworks), debuted in 2005, and my second album, Small Seed of Hope, was released in 2012.

As an Arts Facilitator, I strategize logistically and creatively to design and lead events where people who are already self-identified as artists can flourish, and also where people who think they “aren’t creative” can discover that they do, in fact, have the capacity to engage imaginatively and respond creatively to the world around them. As such, I have organized numerous visual art exhibits and music concerts, taught Creative Writing workshops for high school students and adults, led a weekly artists’ group, helped supervise collaborative art projects, and been a retreat speaker. Simply put, as both artist and facilitator, my passion is to help create opportunities for people to grow artistically, and as whole persons.

 

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