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A Wavelengths Interview With Ashley Olafsen

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I am thrilled to share our latest interview with writer, public speaker, and creator of self confidence workshops, Ashley Olafsen. Ashley is the co-founder of MOVE, a company designed to promote self confidence and positive body image, through self confidence workshops. Ashley is an advocate for self-confidence, positive body image, and media representation. She is currently a freshman at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Over this past summer, I had the pleasure of editing a version of Ashley’s upcoming book, tentatively titled Survival of the Prettiest. I enjoyed working with Ashley, and always admire her passionate spirit and relentless drive. Her book is not only well-written and well-researched, its quality is amplified with a powerful message and a desire to truly make a difference in teenagers’ lives. I am so looking forward to reading the finished product when it hits the shelves.

To learn more about Ashley and to follow her online, visit:

http://moveofficial.weebly.com/

https://www.facebook.com/officialMOVE

https://twitter.com/ashleyolafsen

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkZD…



A Wavelengths Interview with Andrew Johnson

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“I remember liking blocks as a kid…I think that’s a good way of trying to describe the pleasure I get from writing and building a sentence…when I’m enjoying [writing] the most and when it is the most engaging to me is when it feels like I have…this tower I want to build and these blocks available to me and I’m finding all these different ways of piecing them together.”

— Andrew Johnson

 

I am thrilled to post our first Wavelengths interview with my dear friend, Andrew Johnson.

Andrew and I met when we were both graduate students in the creative writing MFA program at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. I have always admired Andrew’s thoughtfulness and commitment to his writing, and I still enjoy the friendship we have developed through the years. I always learn from our conversations, whether we’re talking about writing, teaching, spirituality, current events, or Royals baseball. (You can’t really see it in the video, but Andrew wanted me to tell you he’s wearing a KC cap.  Go Royals!)

I had fun keeping it real and talking about writing, not writing, reacting to current events, using social media to respond to the world, and the best way to penetrate the human heart (hint: it’s not with a tank).

To learn more about Andrew and to read his work, check out the following links:

http://suchsmallhope.com/

https://www.guernicamag.com/daily/andrew-johnson-on-impunity/

http://kcur.org/post/core-values

 



Kinda Spunky: An Interview with Ava Leavell Haymon

I’m honored to share this interview I conducted with Louisiana Poet Laureate, Ava Leavell Haymon. I had such a great time talking to Ava that we ended up with a two-hour interview. We talked about Ava’s current role as Lousiana Poet Laureate, her writing and manuscript development processes, and each of her four books, including her latest, Eldest Daughter. I’ve broken the interview into six parts, all of which you can find below.  To read Ava’s work and to purchase her poetry, visit: http://avahaymon.com/books/

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