Shaina Bailey, mentee
I am Shaina Rose Bailey. I consider myself a writer because it’s one of the only things I know for sure that I’m good at and I’m proud of it. I mostly write poetry but I’m beginning to branch out. I want to be an author and share my passion with the world. I want people to read my writing and be able to connect with it in some way. I’ve entered a few poetry contests and one poem ended up in a book called “Famous Poets of the Heartland.” Besides writing I enjoy singing, playing piano, and reading.
Sharon Glassburn, mentor
I’m Sharon (Jo) Glassburn. My favorite genres, memoir and journalism, fall under the creative nonfiction umbrella. I write for catharsis and social change. I’m interested in digital media because it permits awesome options for pairing words with audiovisuals. Blogging was the first way I learned to share my writing and digital photography with an audience. I recently obtained my Master’s in family counseling. As a grad student, I worked in writing services and found great potential for writing in the field of psychotherapy. My supervisor used to stress that writing is thought made visible, which makes it a powerful tool for psychological and spiritual growth. I read a lot of personal statements and enjoyed how drafting can solidify a person’s identity over time. I also saw the ways a person’s “plot points” can reveal a restricted sense of self. I love narrative therapy, using language to help others see themselves in new ways.
This piece was written in the moment. It's a very different piece than what I started out with. It started out as an almost incomplete thought and then we came up with the idea to break the piece up and to demonstrate disorder. Choosing to add the audio aspect of the project was my favorite part because it gives each line a specific tone. Breaking it up like we chose to give the piece a completely different feel than it did when it was all together. I think this piece shows my weakness to accept the fact that things are the way they are but also shows how I choose to see and adapt to things.