About AV

I am an educator, an artist, a lover and a fighter, with a love for poetry, prose, and humanity. I take great pleasure in helping others fine-tune their own projects, and if you are interested in my Editing Services magic please do contact me for a free 20-minute consultation and we will see if we are a good fit for one another.

Why I Write:

The act of piecing words together has allowed me to discover, play, connect, evolve, empower, paint, and dance on a page. Exposed to oral traditions, songs that tell stories, charismatic story-tellers, legends, myths, I was always fed infinite texture and emotion, the stretch of imagination beyond what eyes can see. At a young age I learned to lean in and listen. While being captivated by the tale of another, I am close to their heart, and in turn, closer to myself. When we are tapped into a story, we are experiencing the interrelation of the human family, then in turn the connection within all of creation. This is the power language has: visuals in our minds invoke an emotional response, we are in the skin of another even ever so briefly, and we expand the depth of our compassion, empathy, understanding, where a simple and clinical explanation does not infuse itself as deeply.

As time passes I see more than ever how important it is for us to tell our stories, to share our human experiences with one another. I am a teacher through and through, and feel at ease in positions where I can encourage, connect, and offer what I know to help another person achieve their own human revolution(s). As we are all simultaneously both teacher and student, this exchange brings power, insight, and meaning to my inner world. Built with viewpoints and perspectives made up of ways of living that divert from many conventional or widely-recognized paths, I pull from a well of indigo–passion for truth and justice, for the freedom to be a playing child, a dancing woman, a sleeping sky.

As a teenager I once found a quotation in a magazine which I glued to a vision board I had created: “I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood” written by revered Audre Lorde, who at the time I had not dove into as a writer, so later when I did dive into her work that quote ringing in my memory had even more vibrato, more depth in meaning. It’s ringing whisper of let it out, ‘tell the story, encapsulate and sing it loud’ follows me and is spoken in my head when I feel doubtful, embarrassed or hesitant to share something. I will go through a mental process of asking myself “Is it safe to be this naked?”, “Is it harmful to somebody?”, and the only question that remains important is “Is it true?” An untold story that is finally told, a spirit finally outlined–that weight lifting up off of your chest once it is thoroughly elucidated–it is one of the most peaceful feelings of completion I have come to experience, even if just 1 person reads it–it is out, and that is enough.

Perlocutionary acts are seeds buried in the ground–the silent and thunderous effects of having ingested words. They are done through fiction and non-fiction, playful exposé, a 30-word children’s book, a single line heard in a speech, the image of a fox tail as sung in a song, the whispers within a dream..

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