I am a poet. Over my lifetime I have been published as poet, playwright and journalist. I made a living, however, teaching high school students. In March 2013 I had a stroke and it has been challenging to recover. I have been to the Banff Centre 6 times as a poet: participating four times in Writing with Style workshops, and twice in the Feb. 2014 and the upcoming Feb. 2015 Writers' Guild of Alberta retreats. I am excited and intrigued by the tabula rasa aspect of the creative process involved in the Art Song Lab experience. Let the games begin.