The goal is to stay open. Be willing to change. Discipline oneself to listen. Conversations over dinner, in gardens, while painting or farming. Take naps in the third space. Be shameless. And writing is never a solitary act.

My resume looks something like this: Artist-Farmer-Poet with professional background in environmental work and a handful of writing prizes. Born and raised in the South; now wandering through other parts of the US. (lessons learned so far: Beauty is everywhere and injustice is too)

Other important things: social justice, rural design, practice over theory, womanism and feminism, poetry.

I’m an alum of Kenyon College and Hollins University with a degree in English/Creative Writing and Women’s & Gender Studies.

>> For professional inquiries, email
>> Follow me on Twitter!

Relevant Posts:

History of the Orchard

Ten Blogtastic Resolutions

Act III. The Departure.

Creative Commons License

The Orchard by Cole Wardell is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License.

Art adventures, literary hangovers, rural politics and other songs worth sharing.

Flickr Photos

More Photos

Recent Tweets

  • RT @rgay: There are clearly no circumstances under which black lives matter in the justice system. Each acquittal makes this clear. #Philan1 week ago
  • I use brackets a *lot* in early drafts. Also m-dashes, semicolons, and meta rants in the margins. 1 week ago
  • RT @nytimesbooks: Tracy K. Smith, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, is the new Poet Laureate, the Library of Congress announced… 1 week ago
  • I am making a cute art today and I can't show anyone because it's a prezzie 💗🖌 1 week ago

%d bloggers like this: