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Lori Stott, writer


“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue.


Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them.


And the point is, to live everything.


Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”

― Rainer Maria Rilke



On writing:


I find meaning in Rilke's quote. All of my writing relates to it somehow. The point really is to live everything, isn't it? -- the ups, downs, the all-arounds. My everything includes recovery, yoga, world travel, activism, parenting and other life adventures. I've been living the questions for as long as I can remember, questioning and observing everything and everyone. Sometimes with grace and other times, not so much. I used to have a business called Rough Around the Edges Arts.


I've come to believe in living big. Originally from the Bronx, then Connecticut, the Rocky Mountain West has been home for 30 years. My husband, teen daughter and I live in Lyons, Colorado with rescue dogs (2) and cats (2) and the occasional fox. I love the mountains, but I'm an ocean person.


My writing has been called 'hilarious', 'brutally honest' and 'brave'. I'm interested in mining real life stories--sometimes painful--for the good stuff. It's taken me a long while to embrace the writing life. I'm happy to be here, and hope you resonate with some words I've put together.

On working with clay:

I find the textures, forms and endless creations that come from a block of clay just fascinating. I returned to the pottery studio after 20 years away, and I just love it. Better than therapy!

Please stay tuned for more.



Lori Stott is a member of AWP, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, Colorado Independent Publishers Association, Boulder Media Women, Boulder Writers Workshop (also a board member) and Writing it Real Community and Resource Center.

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