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nine {with leonie wise}

liz lamoreux

The Nine is an interview series with creative folks that began on my blog, Be Present, Be Here, in the Spring of 2009; the interviewees are asked to respond to nine questions in photographs (or video). All the interviews can be found here.

Today's Nine interview is with lovely, spirit-full woman who is Leonie Wise. I was lucky enough to meet Leonie in person at Squam last fall, where I learned that her laugh makes me very very happy. To me, her spirit is full of adventure and open-heartedness, and she seems to have such a quiet wisdom about her. A few weeks ago, I ordered Leonie's exquisite new book, all of a sudden, and when it arrived, I slowly savored each photo and poem. If you are a searcher, a person cracking open, a lover of poems plus photography, a person seeking your words, well, this book is one you need to hold in your hands. Yes. I recommend settling in for an afternoon spent with a cup of hot tea, some dark chocolate, and Leonie's book. You might want to have a little poetry reading and read her words aloud.  That sounds about perfect.

Here is a little glimpse into Leonie's world and some of her adventures through her answers to the Nine...


Question 1: Who are you?


Question 2: What do you love about where you live?



Question 3: What might your perfect afternoon look like?




Question 4: If you had an hour alone in your studio/creative space, what would you do?


Question 5: Right now, what are some of your favorite things?


 Question 6: What foods nourish your soul?


Question 7: When you need to simply take a breath and reground yourself, what do you do? 


Question 8: How do you nurture your creative dreams?


Question 9: Does your heart have a secret wish you want to share?



leonie is a poet, photographer, adventurer & life enthusiast. she lives creatively, dreams crazy dreams, laughs a lot and is often seen without any shoes.

she currently lives in london, england with her beloved, though will always call new zealand home.

when she’s not writing poetry (and sometimes, even when she is) you can usually find her at the nearest beach.

visit her at her blog.

(all photos copyright Leonie Wise.)