I have been selected as the February 2020 writer in residence at
Villa Sarkia in Finland and I am so excited! Villa Sarkia is a
house run by Finnish Cultural Institution, Nuoren Voiman Liitto,
which hosts a select number of writers every year, to work on their
craft for a month. This will be my first ever residency (which for
a poet is VERY exciting). I'll be at Villa Sarkia for all of
February working on my second collection of poetry.
How does it work?
I'll be living in the tiny, snow filled town of Sysmä, Finland,
at Villa Sarkia. I will be devoting some much needed time to my
second collection. I will also be performing my poetry around
Finland and running a writer's workshop. I am so thrilled about the
opportunity to devote myself to my writing, take my work overseas
and share skills with other writers!
What I will be creating:
I will be using this time (the first time I've ever had to work
ONLY on my writing!) to work on my second collection of poetry. My
debut collection was about my experiences as a survivor of sexual
abuse and living with C-PTSD. My second collection is about
experiences of healing, and what happens after we are deemed
"better". So many conversations around sexual violence and mental
illness contribute to harmful stigma. Nuanced conversations and art
about these topics are vital. We are told not to talk about them,
but we need to. To heal, not only on a personal level, but a
How can you be involved?
By donating to and sharing this campaign! I've come to boosted
because I need your help covering costs to get me to Finland and
keep me alive once I'm there! Your donation will mean I can cover
the essential costs to help me complete my first ever residency and
finish my second collection of poetry!
Please share with your friends and family, I truly appreciate it
Arohanui and a big big thank you!
Learn more about Villa Sarkia here: https://nuorenvoimanliitto.fi/residenssi
Find out about my poetry/me here:
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photo credits: Jessica Thompson-Carr