Will Richey says, “the power of our stories leave a great impact on one another.” I agree. His storytelling takes the form of poetry through which his spirit of leading shows.
In this episode of The Spirit of Leading, Will talks with me about his work helping us find voice in our creative expression. His life’s work is manifest through the DaVerse Lounge, a project that provides a forum for young voices to express original narratives through the spoken word.
The road to Deep Ellum in Dallas, TX involves Will’s quest to connect with the heart and soul of his mother’s Puerto Rican heritage. He wanted to hear her voice in a different way–through his own experiences. As he learned how to find that voice, and his own, through spoken word performances, he learned how to help others do the same.
Will shares credit with his partners, whose collaboration and support make his work possible. The DaVerse Lounge is housed within the Life in Deep Ellum Cultural Center, and his educational efforts are supported by Big Thought, an organization that brings creative programs to youth populations often left out.
The links below will give you more background into Will Richey’s story.
In this podcast, Will shares some of the lessons of leadership he learned in putting together a team of other artists who share the DaVerse Lounge stage with him. Combine his sense of INPowerment and his spirit of leading, and you can understand why his work is having such a profound impact.
See more about Will Richey and the DaVerse Lounge
Will’s website Journeyman Ink
DaVerse Lounge at TEDx SMU 2013 see the video
“Push the Envelope” featuring Will Richey, presents at Oral Fixation
Alejandro Perez, Jr. of Melody Memories, Facebook page
Live artist, David Rodriguez of Dr Gorilla Studio
Life in Deep Ellum, learn about it here
Big Thought, learn more