~ Cassandra Lane, Writer
Cassandra worked as a reporter for The Times-Picayune in New Orleans before testing her faith and nerve to launch a freelance writing career. She has published essays in The Source, BET Magazine, Gambit, The Louisiana Weekly, Everything But the Burden (Broadway Books/Random House), The Bellingham Review and Daddy, Can I Tell You Something (Selah). In 2001, she left the bayous and mosquitoes of her beloved home state and moved to Los Angeles, where she earned an MFA from Antioch University. She taught English and journalism in east and south Los Angeles and served as an academic advisor and college essay editor for high school seniors across Los Angeles county and beyond. She is finishing a book-length manuscript, After the Tree, which explores the emotional, psychological and spiritual impact that her great-grandfather’s lynching has on four generations of marriages.
~Lydia Lane Jackson, Artist
Lydia is a visual artist, start-up business consultant, and has worked for a non-profit organization for the past several years. Her experience includes affiliate/Internet marketing, incorporating, graphic design and print media. She created and manages:
www.CreateWebIncome.com and other sites.
Lydia possesses a genuine love for people– a true and pure gift of service. She works tirelessly to help people pursue their dreams, putting them even before her own. In the visual artist arena, Lydia’s artwork has been featured in the Orlando Sentinel and other publications, and at festivals, exhibits and art galleries. Clients approach her work with awe and leave deeply inspired. Lydia feels privileged to be able to create that connection with people through something she fashioned with her own hands. Her artwork— webpage design, journals, original paintings or prints, greeting cards, wood carvings, textiles, home designs and more— will refresh your tired eyes, mend your broken spirit, and quench your thirst for beauty.
Lydia lives with her husband and son in Orlando, Florida.