Lindsey Royal Wayland is an artist, poet, educator, and therapeutic facilitator in Port Townsend, Washington.
Raised by wildly creative parents, she grew up in a family whose mission and highest regarded value was creativity. Any creative whim she had was nourished with great care. This foundation in creativity cultivated resiliency, self-actualization, and touches every aspect of Wayland’s life. She studied Creative Writing and Ceramics at Stephen F. Austin State University.
For more than a decade, she has facilitated therapeutic art and poetry for adults and youth, primarily at-risk and inner city children. Her love of teaching is born of her intuitive connection with people and her ability to see the highest potential of her clients and students. Wayland is a faculty member at Port Townsend School of the Arts, and also teaches at Bainbridge Island Museum of Arts. Wayland currently facilitates art and poetry therapy to adolescent males at a residential treatment facility. She is the founder of Legacy Letters, and partners with Northwind Arts Center to bring an ancient art form to a forgotten generation via Arts to Elders.
She is a member of the American Association of Art Therapy, Wilderness Guides Council, the National Association for Poetry Therapy, and the International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting.
She is currently working on a book of poems called Of the Pelvic Bone, about the Maiden and the Mother, their contrast and contempt, when the grave is a bed, the bone as a prayer, the laundry a warm peach, and the many directions of wingtip shoes.
Photograph of artist by Melina Kennedy.