Welcome to Collective Self

I’m Lori Kane, Whidbey Island-based author, poet, editor, coworking space creator, and dementia care partner. If you need writing or editorial help with your projects, check out the Services page. I’m happy to help you or connect you with someone who can!

Our newest books are now orderable from your local bookstore (yay local!) and available for purchase on Amazon and Barnes&Noble. The Grace of Dragons: Receiving the Gifts of Dementia Care Partnering was created as respite for too-busy caregivers and anyone else befriending grief on a daily basis. Year 2 Poet is our second in a series about the experience of reclaiming your artist self. 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.

It is a difficult year, friends. Don’t forget to breathe, make art, gather, and rest as you resist.

Recent Writings

Life 101

i. see her there that wide open tree out my window the one with gray arm branches, no leaves, and peeling bark? holding divine moss in perfectly twisted hands? the one that all the flickers love? I am breaking, she says, just breaking. ii. Here in this valley between...


Since the inauguration two weeks ago, I've been having nightmares. I was too freaked out to share them, until I read Sherman Alexie's new poem Autopsy about his dream that his passport was bleeding. Thank you, master poet. For sharing your pain. I woke up the other...

And I Rise

Here in our world, which is cold and dark at the moment, January just became Write a Poem for Friends Month. So all my posts this month will be poems I write for friends. This one is for my friend Danyale Thomas Ross. I considered her a friend for many months before I...