Lisa Hase Jackson is a passionate teacher who is dedicated to (and fascinated with) the writing process, she has been teaching and coaching writers since 2004 when she was granted a fellowship in the Washburn Writing Fellowship program at Washburn University in Topeka, KS. Since then she has facilitated writing circles, workshops, and seminars in such places as Albuquerque, NM, Anyang, South Korea, Kansas City, MO, Toronto, Canada, Allentown, PA, and Charleston, SC. She holds an MA in English with an emphasis in poetry from Kansas State University and an MFA in poetry from Converse College in Spartanburg, SC. Her poems have been published in numerous literary journals and magazines as have her articles on writing and the writing life. A few of them have won awards.
Her development and management of the 200 New Mexico Poems project for the state’s centennial in 2012, which received endorsement form the Centennial Committee, earned her the Red Shoes award for her contribution to Albuquerque’s poetry community. The blog also went on to receive second place in that years New Mexico Press Women’s Communications/Blog category.
A recent transplant to Charleston, Lisa teaches Poetry and Honors English at the College of Charleston and particularly enjoys spending time at the beach or going on bird walks at Caw Caw Interpretive Center. She continues work on her poetry blog, ZingaraPoet.net, and is actively (and hopefully) submitting her poetry manuscript to suitable markets. She is an avid journal writer and has a shelf of journals to show for it. When not writing, teaching, working, or exploring, Lisa enjoys spending time assembling scrap quilts and doing simple knitting projects.
Kennae Miller Yoga Alliance RYT-200 Kennae Miller is the founder of transformation Yoga, LLC of Summerville, SC. She has embarked on her personal yoga journey for the last 13 years and through her personal experience felt led to become a yoga instructor. With her passion for serving others and encouraging others to grow and heal, Kennae obtained her certification from Hawaii Yoga Institute on the island of O’ahu, Hawaii.
It is her desire to live, encourage, and lead others to live their yoga lifestyle both on and off their mat and share their light with the world. Through the use of modern music, essential oils, and the sister science of Ayurveda she hopes to provide a trusted and sacred space to her students to transform their lives by relaxing and restoring their minds. She also delights in the opportunity to share yoga with the members of society that have been exiled or left out of the traditional yoga community as well as use her platform as a yoga instructor to lead the way in social injustices within the community.
Ciara – Belly Dance / Shimmydown Bellydance instructor Ciara has over 8 years experience as a bellydance student, performer, and instructor. Her interest sparked at the age of 12 walking through a flee market when she saw a booth advertising a local class, she was lured in by the beautiful colors and coins but quickly fell in love with the rich culture of Raks Sharki. Ciara uses bellydance to empower other women and maintain a healthy lifestyle, which she is passionate about sharing with each of her students along with the powerful history of bellydance