Welcome to Collective Self

I’m Lori Kane, Whidbey Island-based author, poet, coworking space creator, and dementia care partner.

Our brand new book The Grace of Dragons: Receiving the Gifts of Dementia Care Partnering is now orderable from your local bookstore and available on Amazon! Contains essays and poetry collected as respite for busy caregivers and anyone else who has to befriend grief on a daily basis.

Our other new book this year, Reimagination Station: Creating a Game-Changing In-Home Coworking Space, tells the story of how we turned our home into a free community coworking space. Recommended for people reimagining under-used or abandoned spaces, homes, and neighborhoods into thriving community spaces.

Lastly, coming in December, Year 2 Poet, our second in a 5-year series documenting the experience of becoming a poet. Happy winter friends!

Recent Writings

What Althea Hears

From across a great distance Althea said op3398££$&00!!! 940ttti %$%^&*mmm …….!! ¬¬¬¬¬ BB jhut mkopi D74 Se Se Se ! ”£$$%^& Wait. How did she know? How could she see my life so clearly from the other side of the world? Yesterday was terrible. I failed....

This Stone

This stone was a gift from Wyoming she longed to travel so a friend pulled her from her field brought her here to me to live beside the sea she found herself in a house of rocks here from every nation imagined herself at first in train station here she was appreciated...


a flash poem inspired by my We Shall Dance With Mountains friends. Amazing photo by Joe Milmoe…   Together distant galaxies being born an opening hand stretching across the womb of space touch the darkness with spinning fingers new fingertips encountering...

Days to Release of New Book on Caregiving