Tif (n.)

Witch with words, charcoal, dreams & possibly lightning storms.


Tif is a freelance writer & editor of whatever you please...


Only half wackadoodle, possesses art and design skills.


Definitely a sassafras.



Is it a strength or a weakness to wear many hats?


I possess many talents and passions, and I love to learn. So, why choose?

You can be both a specialist and generalist. How else do you gain knowledge? My creative path in life, personally and professionally, is constantly evolving, and it's my responsibility to honor that, as I help others along the way.


In middle school, keeping a journal and writing poetry connected me to myself and the world at large when I felt like a pearl stuck in a shell. I loved to draw but didn't think of myself as an artist until an art teacher saw more in my mark-making. So, I grew these passions and talents earning a B.A. at Salem College in both creative writing and art, naysaying those who claimed you cannot make a living from what you love.

When I accept a project or a job, on some level I must vibe with it, and a rapport must be established when I create, whether that's something witchy, wordy or artsy, personal or professional. I'm sassy, self-conscious and playful, an INFJ if you want to ask Dr. Google what that makes me — is it sugar, and spice and everything nice, like my Granny used to say? Check out the freelance writing, editorial services, literary works, fine art and sassafras thoughts — I also read tarot, by request more so these days.


I nerd out when reading archaeology articles. I spy symbols in nature and have been an herbal apprentice, with a focus on TCM and western herbalism. I honor the cycles and seasons of nature by heart whim. My poetry is evident in my content writing, as called for, and art is visible in my word choices. For ten years, I've been passionate about salsa and bachata dancing and the way it makes me feel connected to myself and all beyond. 

It has taken a long, hard road to find myself, to nurture and honor my voice — that journey continues. I shy away less these days and finally have become the "wild horse" my poetry professor wryly named my written lines at Salem. 

Wild horse. Sassafras. Witch. Mark-maker. Soothesayer. They're all words with power. Let me help you find your evolving definitions and shed the ones that no longer fit.


The Last Word

I'm curating this new event as a part of Winston-Salem Writers!

Thursday, March 15: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Open Mic Sign-ups (5-minute limit) and Social Time: 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Free and open to the public.

Where: Liberty Arts Coffee House

526 N. Liberty St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101

The Last Word is a shiny, new open-genre open mic and curated reading series, coordinated as a Winston-Salem Writers reoccurring event, focused on cultivating a safe and experimental environment of sharing and risk-taking. Writers and creators, from poets to comedians and singer-songwriters, will gather every Third Thursday, every other month until the holidays at Liberty Arts Coffee House. Each event ends with a prompt and encouragement to continue the night in downtown Winston-Salem.



Come out to support this new event!

For more information, check out the Facebook Page @thelastwordws.


Features Announcement: March 15, 2018 TLW Welcomes WSW Poet Arnetta Freeman and Musician Will Jones

On Thursday, March 15, 2018, The Last Word (TLW) welcomes Winston-Salem Writers poet Arnetta Freeman and musician Will Jones for its first ever curated performance and open mic event at Liberty Arts Coffee House, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public.
Open mic sign-ups: 6:30-7:00 p.m. 5-min limit.
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