As Poet Laureate, Keiko is responsible for promoting the literary arts and inspiring creativity in Cupertino. She will be hosting in-person and online live events including workshops and community-focused poetry gatherings. Keiko’s two-year term began January 1, 2023 and will continue through December 31, 2024.
To connect with Keiko at Thinking Ink Press, consider submitting short stories or poetry to Keiko’s Calls. You can also reach her through her website at KeikoOLeary.com.
In this engaging book of short essays for writers, Keiko O’Leary explores what it means to live life as a writer, offers encouragement and inspiration, and suggests practical techniques to cultivate your writing life. Whether you have years of experience or are just starting out, these essays will support you on your writing journey.
What readers are saying:
This is a book of welcome—which means that it’s a book of openings, the kind of openings that every writer needs to be inspired and connected—to the world, to themselves, to their fellow writers, to their stories … and to all of the mysteries that touch us as creators.
‘You deserve to create what’s in you to create,’ writes Keiko O’Leary. Yes. This book radiates yes. It radiates awakening.
—Grant Faulkner, Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month
A beautifully written meditation on the writer’s life. The minute I started reading this, I thought, ‘Oh, I’m home!’ This book speaks to the writer in me, not the published person in me. I can’t speak highly enough about this book.
—Julie A. Fast, bestselling author of Getting it Done When You’re Depressed
If you want to write but feel intimidated, or you start writing but get discouraged, or even if you already write a lot but would like some encouragement and celebration—this book is for you.
—C. Borst, author of Soldiers in Grey
Keiko’s book inspired me to start working on a novel that I had been wanting to write.
We are pleased to announce we’re publishing the book Your Writing Matters: 34 Quick Essays to Get Unstuck and Stay Inspired by creativity expert Keiko O’Leary.
What you write can change someone’s life.
In this engaging collection of short essays for writers, Keiko O’Leary explores what it means to live life as a writer, offers encouragement and inspiration, and suggests practical techniques to cultivate your writing life. Drawing on her experience as a writer, writing group leader, and workshop instructor, Keiko writes about topics such as:
MOTIVATION:“You deserve to create what’s in you to create.” CREATIVITY:“Your personal geography is a wellspring of memoir and poetry, and a source of authentic detail for fiction.” LEGACY:“Through your writing, you help people experience meaning, not only in what you write, but also in their own lives.”
Whether you have years of experience or are just starting out, these essays will support you on your writing journey.
Keiko O’Learyhelps writers see the big picture while taking meaningful action today. She is a writer, editor, artist, and speaker. A leader in San José, California’s literary community, Keiko teaches workshops and organizes the long-standing writing group Write to the End. She writes short pieces, including poetry, flash fiction, and essays.
Your Writing Matters will be available in paperback and ebook editions on August 9, 2022.