Lindsey Royal Wayland is a poet calligrapher 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. Letter-writing combines Wayland’s love of poetry and calligraphy; in February 2017, during a sabbatical from both the computer and phone, Wayland calligraphed more than 70 letters near and far.
She has facilitated art, poetry, and letter-writing workshops for adults and youth, primarily at-risk and inner city children. She is a member of the International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH), the oldest and largest penmanship organization, dedicated to practicing and preserving the beautiful arts of calligraphy and fine penmanship. Her love of teaching is born of her intuitive connection with people and her ability to reflect the highest potential of her students. Wayland is a faculty member at Port Townsend School of the Arts, and also teaches at Bainbridge Island Museum of Arts.
Wayland's work has appeared in Red River Review, Porter Gulch Literary Review, Design*Sponge, The MOON Magazine, The Local, Shelter Publications, and Cordella Magazine.
She is currently working on her second book of poems called Of the Pelvic Bone There is No Shrinking Back, about the Maiden and the Mother, their contrast and contempt, when the grave is a bed, the bone as a prayer, and the many directions of wingtip shoes.
Photograph by Melissa Jentzsch.