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Hello, my name is Valerie A. Szarek. I’m an award-winning performance poet and musician, energy healer, Shamanic Practitioner and ceremonialist. I teach soul-centered writing workshops in my home in Louisville, Colorado and online, and host poetry events around the region. I also own and operate Breezy Mountain Leather and have been a leather-working artisan since 1973. Spirit has handed me these gifts to share. My poetry is an invitation to go on a journey and to return a bit different. I see the moon different, shadows as friends. (Soar Ready). We are in this walk together.
I navigate this world as a Poet and find the doors open.
I swapped poems with the IRS agent during my audit, and recited a couple to the local cop on night patrol. He got out of his Ford SUV and put on his COVID mask. He asked if it was a trick and I said no, it’s a gift. He loved them and asked to purchase my book. I recited Soar Ready to the curmudgeonly washing-machine salesman at Home Depot, who sobbed in the aisle before writing up my sale. Edward Jones investment agents know my poems as does my personal trainer at the gym when I’m using the Leg Press Machine. The doctor, therapist, accountant, deli-clerk and veterinarian all know my poetry. Most of them cry, remembering what is important, knowing they have been seen, knowing we are walking this human life as family. Remembering ourselves, again. Remembering something beyond words, and ordinary life. See each other. My passion as a Poet is to help us see and remember each other as part of the integral web of all life. Empowered and hopeful. Heart-centered and returning to beauty and magic.