Maybe it’s selfish (don't hold it against me) but... I collaborate on creative projects in order to have a front row seat to beautiful moments of discovery.
I’ve sat with elderly men and women as they've written their first poems. I’ve witnessed the light bulbs go off as writers and their readers connect on works in progress.
The literary arts have a powerful potential to awaken and connect ideas that reside within us all which is why, in addition to writing, I dedicate myself to organizing creative collaborations between writers, readers, and other artists.
While writing my second book, This Bright Darkness, I ached for an opportunity to receive feedback on my work in progress.
I saw a real need in my literary arts community so I partnered with public non-profit cultural organization, KANEKO to create a one-of-a-kind reading series called feedback. (Yes, it's lowercase. And yes, that's on purpose.)
This program invites established and emerging artists from all genres to read to a live audience from their works in progress and then get "real time" feedback.
In addition, feedback hosts writing workshops that allow people in the community to work alongside the program’s featured writers. I am the proud founder, curator, and host of this quarterly reading series.
Serving as a Peer Facilitator from 2014-2016 for Artist INC, a program hosted by the non-profit, arts organization Omaha Creative Institute, was a natural extension of my own philosophy as an artist. This eight week seminar selects artists from all disciplines to receive the tools, resources, and opportunities necessary to develop their entrepreneurial skills and strengthen their artistic practice.