Lisa A. Kramer

Author, Speaker, Creativity Facilitator

Lisa A Kramer

I am an author, speaker, creativity facilitator, and theatre artist who believes that creativity is the secret ingredient to making a more just world.

As a writer, I write books that inspire me, and hopefully inspire others. I write the books I want to read. That said, while I may not stick to a specific genre--there are some common themes to my work. In my writing you will find:
  • stories and messages that empower women and girls (including trans) 
  • a belief in the power of creative action and collaboration
  • a touch of magic
  • an embrace of diversity
  • a worldview that advocates for social justice, collaboration, and hope

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Building Community vs. Finding Leads

Building Community vs. Finding Leads
by Lisa A Kramer
The book is published. The year has changed. Taxes are submitted (not really, but just go with it). Now what?

This is the question that starts my days a lot lately. Somehow the fantasy of publishing, for me and many others, includes a suddent radical change. A book publishes, people become interested, you get invited on talk shows, people ask you for your autograph, someone wants to take you to lunch, money roles in.

It's all fantasy, really. I learned that when publishing P.O.W.er. The excitement,pride, and energy of seeing my first novel in print, and actually on bookstore shelves, led to a feeling of deflation and emptiness and "now what"? 

Actually, I get this feeling after any stage production as well. It's not a feeling of defeat or frustration, it's more like the energy of a slowly deflating balloon. You've poured your energy into this thing, this product, this creation out of your imagination or (in the case of Re-Creating the World) out of years of exploration, practice, and experience.  And then, it launches, leaving a melancholy sense of accomplishment and emptiness.  


 

The Gift of Creativity and A Huge Thank You

The Gift of Creativity and A Huge Thank You
by Lisa A Kramer
Hello Friends!

It's been a long time hasn't it? I've been working on books, thinking about projects, and focusing a little on what I really want out of life. The truth is, that chosing a life that focuses on something so intangible as my belief in the power of creativity and how it can bring people together, is not an easy one. Making a living out of creative projects in the world of late-stage capitalism seems a ridiculous choice. And yet, it's who I am and who I want to be.  I am so grateful to the people who have helped me discover this path, and that includes so many different people, I want to celebrate you today!

But first, I am thrilled to announce that Re-Creating the World: The Power and Joy of Collaborative Creativity is now available. 

Yes, this book that I have been working on for years, is finally out in the universe. All of the links can be found on here. I hope that you will consider spreading the word, or giving yourself and people you love the gift of creativity!




 

Call for Submissions!

Call for Submissions!
by Lisa A Kramer

Hello Creative Collaborators!

Spark Collaborative Media is pleased to invite you to submit your work for our first anthology!

Reclaiming Goddesses: Bringing the World into Balance

We are looking for short stories, poetry, artwork, personal essays, creative non-fiction that explore a world where the goddesses of the past (from all cultures) reclaim their voices and their purposes.

This anthology will be compiled and edited by me, with contributions from a diverse group of voices.
Timeline:
  • Submission Deadline: December 31, 2023 at 11:59 pm.
  • Tentative Publication Date:  December 2024 
How to Submit
  • We are collecting submissions on Google Forms.
  • Prose pieces (including short stories, essays, reflections, etc.): 1000-5000 words
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Living Values in Creative Ways

Living Values in Creative Ways
by Lisa A Kramer
Have you ever thought about what you truly value, and how that relates to decisions you have made in your life? I recently was encouraged to take a values assessment and I was a little suprised by the results.  

Where is creativity? It was one of the options that I chose in comparison to other things. For a moment, I thought: Have I been fooling myself all this time?  Who am I to write a book about creativity and collaboration, if its not even one of my top values?

 Those doubts only sat with me for a few moments, however, as the list of values truly resonated. After reflecting on them for a while, I understood.

For you see, I do value creativity as a tool and as an innate ability (or superpower) that too many of us have forgotten we have. I value collaboration as a crucial aspect of solving problems in the world--if we do not learn how to work together, and recognize that we are all connected, then we become a world full of narcissistic assholes who focus only on money and power for themselves. Our current times reflect the danger of allowing that to happen.

However, creativity and collaboration are not the core of me, rather they are the foundation that supports my core. The things that I truly value. Allow me to explain.

So You Created Something: Now What???

by Lisa A Kramer

I posted this article on Substack yesterday. Different people find me in different ways, but I wanted to share here. Feel free to follow Sparks of Creative Rebellion on substack for interesting articles on creative journeys.