I am lucky enough to make my living being curious.

I think. I write. I edit. I teach. Mostly about cities.

During 2014, I was busy creating a new business to empower independent communicators of all kinds, The Cooler Minds, LLC. Our current clients include Applied Storytelling, The J. Max Bond Center on Design for the Just City, Root ChangeDetroit Collaborative Design Center, and Virginia Tech’s Metropolitan Institute + SPIANeighborWorks®/Success Measures®. I am also proud to serve on the Fellows Council of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and as a Citizen Artist with the US Department of Arts and Culture.

I am an essayist and fiction writer. My grief memoir, “The Internet,” is featured in the astonishing first issue of TOSKA Magazine. Other recent work online includes Stalking Samuel Pepys and  The Quantum Nature of the S&H Green Stamp.

I teach, too. Here is something I wrote a few years ago that sums up how I feel about language, about writing, and about the teaching of writing.

So leave me a comment, and tell me: How did you find your way with words? Are you still looking?

email me at lisaschamess@gmail.com

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