About your hosts:
Alanna Noel Ford
Alanna is an artist, dancer and designer based in Washington, DC. By day, she works in an innovation lab creating new products for old folks. By night, she hosts affirmation sessions with her friends, cooks an inordinate of vegetables, and create her own works of art. Claritas, her side hustle, came out of her commitment to create beauty, spend intentional time with dear ones, and leave the planet a little bit better than she found it.
Nicole created her side hustle, A Free Hand Co., because she believes in empowering the creative communities and emerging makers of Washington, DC. To that end, she’s endeavored to work with small, locally-owned business in the District as an admin, web manager, freelance photographer, decorative crafter and general cheerleader. She currently spends her days working as the Community Liaison for the upcoming The LINE DC in historic Adams Morgan, and her nights scheming, dreaming and creating magic.
Melissa Brennan is a storyteller through and through.
She’s followed the narrative thread through a degree in creative writing, a career as a stagehand, along the campaign trail, and currently as an archivist.
She believes stories are everywhere you just have to be willing to put in the time to uncover them.
Her writing workshops aim to provide a safe space to help you bring your ideas to the page.
Ashley is a Bronx-born writHER full of pictures and poems.
Daily, she attempts a balancing act as a DC educator and poet. Last year she began an Instagram page @thatiscolour in an effort to nourish her personal creativity. When you visit, @thatiscolour she hopes that you find a poem or a picture that resonates with you. One to remind you that you are not alone and that your story is worth sharing.
Kim is a DC-based writer, artist & creative coach. She is the creator of Beauty School — a series of workshops, retreats, and magical gatherings to help every woman uncover her juiciest, most creative life. A book-lover by day and a cat lady by night, Kim is passionate about all of life’s pleasures, big & little.
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