Welcome to Collective Self

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

Our new books are now orderable from your local bookstore (yay local!) and available for quick purchase on Amazon.com. Year 2 Poet is our second in a 5-year series about the experience of reclaiming your artist self. The Grace of Dragons: Receiving the Gifts of Dementia Care Partnering was created as respite for too-busy caregivers and anyone else who has to befriend grief on a daily basis. Essays and poetry for “Why me?” days. And 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 and changed our lives in the process. Recommended for people reimagining empty or under-valued spaces, homes, and neighborhoods into thriving community spaces.

If you need writing or editorial help with your projects, check out our Services page. I’m happy to help or connect you with someone who can! Happy new year friends!

Recent Writings

Right Here

blades of green bend low and breathe in damp, the misted seaside glows, fog yellow gray among planked houses, sunlight slants across the field, racing tree shadows tumbling down and softly yield those dry spots are deer footprints strong and hesitant tenderly picking...

Artist Homes

First draft of a poem I’m working on. I noticed that I was deeply in love with the words “epoxy resin” and also my husband’s decision to become a full-time artist now too, and this poem showed up as a result… Artist Homes she kneels at...

Becoming Respite

I move in the world a changed being now being now today the yellow grass in the field up the hill is bowing to the rain the sea and the land and the sky cede their colors into fog becoming one passing waxwings eat red berries off the vine, laugh at the cat through the...

Well Rested

I am tired of this world I’m tired of violence rabid intolerance greed rewarded trodden humans hidden, outright thwarted young lives mangled, ended weapons preferred to soft human flesh I’m tired of being told what to think how to think why I’m wrong...

Expert Marketing Advice Is Wasted On Me

This weekend I received another “Do better at marketing!” email from yet another lovely author talking about why self promotion is hard and how to make it easier. This author is far more successful than me from a book-sales perspective: thousands of people...