Lishai is an award winning poet, creative consultant and community animator with roots in diasporic oral tradition. She develops and facilitates arts based programming in schools throughout Toronto and is the co-founder of Ink Veins: Young Women's Writing Collective. In 2013, she authored a graphic novel Why Birds and Wolves Don't Trade Stones which is available on Amazon. And her debut album, From Here On, in collaboration with Waleed Abdulhamid, is available on iTunes. She writes with a commitment to joy and integrity.
I chose to pursue a career as a storyteller because it is an extension of who I am and because I trust that some stories need to be told, some stories heal and forgive and there are some places you can only travel to by gathering with community, sharing stories, and trusting that people will catch your words and hold them.
Photography by Anthony Gebrehiwot