Retrospective: Liz Lamoreux

Photo by Vivienne McMaster

Photo by Vivienne McMaster

It felt like I would be able to say, ‘That title is not gonna work for me’ . . . I felt very seen throughout the process.
— Liz Lamoreux

In this episode of Retrospective, Jen and Liz take you behind the scenes of a creative collaboration. Click on the audio player to hear about:

  • the difference between being a guru and being a companion
  • offering supports to share instead of trying to "fix" people
  • invitations versus sales pitches
  • the journey from idea to tangible object, and
  • what it's like to be seen all along the way.

Liz Lamoreux is a retreat host, an artist, the author of Inner Excavation: Explore Your Self Through Photography, Poetry, and Mixed Media, and the creator of The Gift of This Moment Home Retreat Kit. She believes that beauty and truth are found when we share our stories through creativity and community, and she facilitates opportunities for women to shine a light on the stories just waiting inside them.

A trained yoga instructor, her experiences of community with other artists has encouraged her to see creativity as a form of yoga and she now honors creating and writing as part of her personal yoga practice. She lives in the Puget Sound Area with her husband, young daughter, and golden retriever. Most days you can find her in her studio surrounded by fabric, vintage lockets, and poetry as her daughter practices twirling beside her, or maybe she is practicing what she teaches and they are both taking a nap.

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Retrospective: Gearing Up with Maya Stein

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If all the people I know and love lived here in my neighborhood, I would host a party every Friday night so you could meet one another and hang out. You would be so inspired and happy to know each other, as I am every single day.

But we live near and far, and we will likely never be all together on a Friday night. So I'm creating this new podcast series as an attempt toward the next best thing.

It's called Retrospective, and it features in-depth conversations with artists, authors and visionaries about the places in which we find ourselves and the stories that brought us here. It's an inquiry into our experience of journey. But at the heart of it, it's an introduction between some of my favorite people in all the world.

My first interview is with poet Maya Stein who is gearing up for her latest community writing project/adventure, Type Rider, which has her riding her bicycle for 40 days (departing on her 40th birthday) with her typewriter in tow. She'll create movable writing stations along the way, and finish the journey in Milwaukee, the birthplace of the typewriter.

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Maya Stein is a poet, feral writing instructor and adventurer. She is the author of Spinning the Bottle and The Overture of an Apple. On her blog you can sign up to receive one of her original 10-line poems in your inbox every Tuesday.

Listen: Use the player below to hear the episode, or subscribe in iTunes. Individual files of each of the poems she reads will be added in the coming days.