Michelle Wiegers

life coach, poet, advocate for chronic pain sufferers, creative writer

I am a poet who found my creative voice after healing from decades of chronic pain. Healing and creativity are intrinsically linked in my story and they are what motivates all of my work. As a life coach, I help others heal through the gift of loving presence and sharing the truths behind mind body medicine. I believe Creating Space will do the same for all who participate in our workshops and events. I am passionate about coming alongside others who want to make a difference in their world through connecting more deeply with their true selves, purpose and creativity. Through my work in founding and directing the Creating Space, I hope to help others experience healing for their minds, bodies and spirits as they express themselves creatively. Email me: My website:

James Crews

poet, editor, and creative coach

As the author of four collections of poetry and editor of several anthologies, I’ve experienced firsthand the healing properties of a daily commitment to creative practice. My own explorations of mindfulness and meditation have transformed me over the years, and led me to offer workshops in writing as a spiritual practice in settings across the country. I’ve taught mindfulness and writing at grade schools, colleges, nursing homes, libraries and bookstores, and strongly believe in the power of creativity to heal us all, to unite body and mind, heart and spirit. I also trust in the necessity of a center like Creating Space, which allows us to step away from our busy, noisy lives into the restful and sacred space of renewal and creation as part of a larger community. Email me: My website:

Bob Wiegers

musician, photographer, writer

As a writer, photographer, and musician, I consider myself a creative “jack of all trades, master of some.” I am a teacher and speaker, and I also enjoy graphic design and new media. Over the years I’ve been a web developer, barista, and pastor, always with the same goal of serving others in my community. Since moving to Bennington I have made many connections and have seen first-hand the deep need we all have for community, connection and quiet for our souls. As my own creativity continues to expand, I am eager to discover and share the healing and wholeness available to us all in the creative process. I enjoy making music on various instruments, songwriting, and photography, and I am currently working on my first novel, titled Half-Blind. Email me: My website:

Genevieve Plunkett

fiction author, creative writing teacher, musician

Genevieve is the author of PREPARE HER, a forthcoming collection of stories (Catapult, 2021). Her stories can be found in New England ReviewSouthern ReviewCrazyhorseColorado Review, and elsewhere. In 2017, she was a recipient of the St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award in Literature. Her short story, “Something for a Young Woman,” was included in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2017 and her story, “The Buried Man,” appeared in The Best Small Fictions 2018, guest edited by Aimee Bender. She is at work on a novel. Email: Website:

Meridy Capella

fiber and textile artist, workshop teacher, small business owner

Fiber arts, sewing, and creating are my passion and I enjoy any opportunity to share them in my community. I have taught textile and fiber arts in area schools, community centers, for the organization Vermont Outdoors Woman, and in my small business, Evergreen Alterations. I have owned my business, in Bennington, Vermont, for over twenty years and am now excited to be offering workshops at Creating Space. I began teaching beginner crochet, knitting, sewing and felting in 2011. In 2016, I branched out into the world of manufacturing, which has taken my business into fun and interesting places. I continue to serve my local client base, as well as serving as a government contractor for the Department of Defense. 

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