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. She wrote her first poem at age six. Her poetry volumes were comprised of artfully written script—it was her love of typography which led her to calligraphy. She studied Creative Writing and Ceramics at Stephen F. Austin State University.
For more than a decade, she has facilitated art and poetry therapy 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. She is a contractor for adolescent residential centers facilitating art + poetry therapy. 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.