Leonore Tjia


Name pronounced LEE-oh-nor CHEE-ah. Last name (谢) has a Wikipedia page.

I’m a New York-born artist and entrepreneur who quit the city to find herself in the mountains. Half Chinese, half “Daughter of the American Revolution” kind of white, I lived in Scotland for four years and earned Master of Arts from the University of St Andrews. Now I live in central Vermont, in an apartment filled with animal pelts, axes, bows and arrows and books. And I spend a lot of the time on the road producing sexuality events and workshops for creative entrepreneurs all across the US.

Poetry has shaped my life since, at 15, I read Rilke’s Duino Elegies. Hafiz, Mary Oliver, Issa, Thomas Merton, Rumi, Anne Sexton, Adrienne Rich, Paul Celan, Sappho, T. S. Eliot, Wendell Berry, W.S. Merwin, Li Po, Audre Lorde, W.B. Yeats, Lao Tzu: I’ve carried your collections across oceans, thousands of miles, through many lifetimes contained in this one.

As a writer and visual artist, I’m interested in themes of: sexuality, intimacy, communication, identity, nature, the body as a repository of stories, and how we experience the Sacred.

Dream of the Huntress is a collection of poems, stories, photographs, music and art, to reconnect you to the importance of wildness within and without. Curated with love from endless reading, browsing and seeking.

Probably completely unsurprising…

  • I’m an introvert who experienced a sense of existential relief when Susan Cain’s Quiet made it acceptable to recover from social situations.
  • I was voted “Most Unique” in my high school yearbook, probably because I had knee-length hair and regularly skipped gym class to print in the darkroom.
  • As a kid I religiously watched Xena: Warrior Princess, thus spawning a lifelong adoration of women in leather.

Perhaps less expected…

  • As a Vermont dweller I know I’m supposed to be into the super dark organic specialty chocolate, but I kind of think that Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are the perfect dessert.
  • I deliberately keep my righthand nails long and lefthand nails short– because I play banjo, am a queer woman, and also like confusing manicurists.

5 Feelings for 2016

Creatively Expressed