Lindsey Wayland is a poet and facilitator. She wrote her first poem at age six. Lindsey co-founded the Confluence Women Poets and is an inherent advocate of poetry. She has worked with youth in workshops, facilitated writing groups, and judged youth poetry contests. The thrum of Lindsey's poetic and ceremony facilitation is in her nature guiding. Prior to becoming a mother seven years ago, Lindsey worked intensively with (primarily at-risk and inner city) youth in the wilderness of east Texas, central California, and Alaska.
Lindsey grew up on a rattlesnake path in rural hill country Texas. Nature has been her guide since she could walk, the woods were her respite and healing balm. Daily, from age six forward, she would take her notebook into the forest and write for hours.
It is in the forest where Lindsey is alive. Lindsey advocates for women to exist comfortably in nature. She dedicates her motherhood to creating for her children a connected, natural childhood. Lindsey is a poetic ceremony facilitator and an Ordained Minister.
Her writing has appeared in Red River Review, Porter Gulch Literary Review, Design*Sponge, The MOON Magazine, The Local, Shelter Publications, and Cordella Magazine.
Lindsey lives by the Salish Sea in a cedar-shake cabin in the forest of Port Townsend, Washington with her husband and their three young children. She is currently working on a book of poems called Bring Your Empty Hands about the space of emptiness and the shape of nature.