I’ve always loved words. I started reading at age 3, memorizing the sounds of my favorite books long before I knew what they meant. Writing soon followed, first stories and then poems, along with gymnastics, ballet and the bane of every Catholic child’s existence, CCD. As I grew, I recognized that I’m drawn to structure, ritual and pageantry, but I never felt like I had a focus; I loved too many different things! When I took my first yoga class in my early 20s, I found a way to connect these loves into one continuous practice of writing, yoga and music that by showing me that, as Thich Nhat Hahn explains in Old Path White Clouds,” the raft is not the shore.”
I am grateful able to share these loves with the world as a writer, editor, and educator. I want my readers and clients to know freedom, in all its myriad definitions. Whether that means removing old obstacles or embracing the part of yourself that the world says is ugly or shameful, freedom means we can find something beautiful to create together.
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H.V. CRAMOND (she/her/hers) holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and teaches writing at Loyola University Chicago and Columbia College Chicago. She is an RYT-500 yoga teacher who has taught classes from her Upward Facing Writer Series, which combine yoga, meditation, and writing, at StoryStudio Chicago, The Voice Lab, Chicago Trust and Yoga Tree. She was the founding Poetry Editor of Requited Journal for 10 years. Tenure Track, the musical she co-wrote with Cayenne Sullivan was featured in the Premier Premieres festival of new musicals in June 2016. In 2018, she helped pass the Survivor’s Bill of Rights as the Illinois organizer for Rise. Some recent and forthcoming work can be found in Soundless Poetry, Ignavia, death hums, Crack the Spine, BlazeVOX, Menacing Hedge, Adanna, So to Speak, Thank You for Swallowing, Dusie, Masque & Spectacle, Matter, and elsewhere. Here’s a link to my May 2021 CV.