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 quick purchase on Amazon and Barnes&Noble. Year 2 Poet is our second in a 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. 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.

Happy winter friends!

Recent Writings

Two Sentences

Author Anaïs Nin said: “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” and “Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” Today I want to say this. This woman...

Artist Statement

Poetry isn’t what I was taught in middle school: rules and stilted contained lines written by long-dead rich old white dudes? Bleh. (I am not my friend Knox who makes old white guys so sexy.) Poetry is living your artist statement. Whether that means saying yes...


Security /səˈkyo͝orədē/ noun Weapons, walls, blame, and technology are not security. For me security is an open space within. Security is the freedom to be a gentle sprite at rest and moving among ever-shifting hearts. Cross-generational laughter. Borrowing others’...