I am lucky enough to make my living being curious.

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

In 2014, I created The Cooler Minds, LLC, a business that empowers independent communicators from many backgrounds. Our current clients have included 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 a longtime fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and a Citizen Artist with the US Department of Arts and Culture.

I am an essayist and fiction writer. My grief memoir, “The Internet,” was 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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