Let's explore mindful creativity together!
Lara JK Wilson’s short fiction has been published in The Kenyon Review, StoryQuarterly, American Fiction, Printers Row, Hacks: 10 Years on Grub Street, and the Chicago Tribune Book Section, among others. She was awarded a 2010 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship and fiction scholarships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences, as well as recognition from the Nelson Algren Awards and the Mark Twain Award for Fiction. Lara continues to offer manuscript consultations through Grub Street, where she served on the board of directors for six years and taught master fiction workshops for many more. She has been a featured panelist at national literary conferences such as the Muse and the Marketplace and Associated Writing Programs (AWP). Lara currently serves on the board of the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library, where she co-curates the Concord Festival of Authors.
After a two-year cancer journey, Lara created a non-profit mindful wellness collaborative in Concord, MA, Be Well Be Here, where all are invited to explore how mindfulness and the creative process enhance overall well-being. As a mindfulness curriculum developer at public and private schools in the northeast and south, Lara has spoken to hundreds of young people. In addition to a master's degree in English Literature, she has earned a Graduate Certificate in Mindfulness Studies and certification in restorative/yoga nidra (RYT-200) and Reiki Level II. Mindfulness teachers whose work continues to inspire her are Sharon Salzberg, Tara Brach, Christina Feldman, Thich Nhat Hanh, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Joseph Goldstein, Jack Kornfield, Gregory Kramer, and Pema Chodron, among many others.
Lara’s experience as a storyteller, a writing teacher, a lifelong student of meditation, and a devotee of holistic health inspire her to share the power of mindful wellness practice and self-expression with a broad community. As the mother of four children who attend four schools, she’s also an organizational guru.
Photos by Sharona Jacobs