CREATIVE STORYTELLING IGNITES COMMUNITIES
Author, Playwright, Performer
Lori is a natural and accomplished author, educator, publisher and performer. Her premiere picture book, “aRHYTHMetic” came out with Gumboot Books in 2009 in both French and English. “Hungry for Math: Poems to Munch On”, co-authored with Kari-Lynn Winters and illustrated by Peggy Collins, was released with Fitzhenry and Whiteside in January 2015. It recently won the People’s Choice Award at the Rainforest of Reading Festival in St. Lucia. Spring 2018 heralds the release of “Hungry for Science: Poems to Crunch On” with the same team.
As Artist in Residence at West Point Grey Community Centre in Vancouver she wrote a book exploring the area’s living history and designed a photo and story mural. She collaborated on Portrait V2K, the City of Vancouver’s Millennium Project gathering and writing stories for “A Hurricane in the Basement”, a book celebrating life in Vancouver. The project also featured a series of story markers displayed permanently around the city. She coordinated Kitsilano 100 Memories another neighbourhood story marker project and contributed to “Reading Lights” with the Vancouver Public Library and CWILL BC to put literature for young readers in public spaces.
From a family of Seanchai (sean-a-hees or Irish storytellers), Lori derives much of her inspiration from stories hailing from an oral tradition, history or from personal experience.
Passionate about combining learning with the arts, Lori founded the Tickle Trunk Players in Vancouver and has been using theatre, storytelling and rhythm to encourage students to make active and creative connections to literature for over a decade with her own company, as a Mentor Artist with the Royal Conservatory’s Learning Through the Arts Program and as a Mentor Artist with the Creative Writing for Children Program.
Lori has performed at the Richmond, Surrey and Vancouver International Children’s Festivals as well as at hundreds of schools and community festivals.
Lori is a past president of CWILL BC, a member of the Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable, on the ArtStarts roster and is an artist educator with Vancouver Biennale and DAREarts. She loves working in schools and communities as an Artist in Residence. Some recent projects include: “The Story Fence” at Brighouse Elementary in Richmond, “Techno-poet-ology” at Star of the Sea Catholic School in White Rock and a full school residency focusing on the unit, “How We Express Ourselves” at Brockton Preparatory School in North Vancouver.