Kerri is a millennial feminist poet and teaching artist who writes and performs under the name KAYLO. More than just a nickname, KAYLO stands for Keep All Young Loves Open - and serves as a reminder to be the brave, outspoken girl she was when she was young. The girl she was before the stories of society led her to believe that her most important role was beauty object, rather than human being. KAYLO performs spoken word poetry and talks openly about her history of eating disorders and sexual assault, with the hope of giving a voice to all of those women who are silenced in their suffering. She leads workshops for women on Writing the Body and teaches performance to teens and adults.
Why did you choose the CNP's certificate program?
I chose the CNP Program because it was a more affordable choice than graduate school that would allow me to deepen my understanding of stories and their teaching applications while interfacing with professionals outside of the arts.
What has been your experience with low-residency education, e.g. August residency week, online sessions?
The low-residency setting works well for self-directed professionals who are open to being interrupted - by new ideas, by an experience, by the knowledge that this work does not just exist within the vaccuum of the classroom. You have to actively decide how you are going to use the tools and knowledge presented by the program in the world, which takes precedence over "achieving" a new credential.
What has the highlight of the program been for you so far?
The August residency week was an obvious highlight - and a great foundation for the online sessions. Coming away from that week feeling like you knew the cohort and full to bursting with ideas and methods and things to ponder over was wonderful.
How do you envision you will apply this intensive training in narrative in your life, professionally and/or personally?
As a feminist storyteller, I am particularly interested not just in telling my story and helping women tell their own stories for personal healing purposes, but in communicating how dominant narratives in our culture affect our perceptions of the world and the actions we take. We need more female writers, directors, performers, and producers who give women a voice. Not only to validate the female experience in the eyes of women, but to spread these stories on a larger scale to men, who for the most part are not currently forced in school of otherwise to learn how to empathize with female protagonists. My work is about revealing and uncovering the stories that shape women's lives negatively, bringing an awareness that to know the story as such is the first step to writing a new story, a better story, to live into.