Who We Are

Works in Progress is a blog created by Indigo Esmonde and Noah Kenneally, dedicated to figuring out how to write and create more freely.

Indigo…

Indigo

I am a white, queer, Canadian person who grew up middle class as one of five siblings. I use the pronoun ‘they’ for myself because I don’t know what my gender is and ‘they’ feels least like I’m lying. I have a chronic illness – sometimes I call myself disabled and sometimes I don’t.

I recently realized that my paid work and hobbies pretty much all relate to writing and art-making. I’ve published academic articles and books, and coached other academic writers through the Faculty Success Program. I’ve taught courses for grad students, to help ease their writing woes. (For some videos aimed at student writers, check out my academic website. You might want to start with the video about generative writing.) I was a drag king for about five years, during which I won some awards, performed at least 100 shows, and even co-wrote, co-directed, co-produced, co-starred in a feature-length drag theatre production called Hogwarts Express: The Musical. I’ve written novels during National Novel Writing Month, and maybe someday will write a novel that I’d like to publish. I’m currently (as of summer 2018) working on short stories, screenplays, and complicated art projects with friends and collaborators. For more specifics on what I’m working on, you can check out the tag ‘Indigo.’

I delight in experimenting because I’m always wondering ‘what if I…’. I am eager to make Works in Progress a space where we play by different rules, rules that allow us to be open and vulnerable, experimental and always revising, reworking. I love learning about how things work, and applying that understanding in new domains. And I love collaborating with Noah and other folks who are aiming to write freely. I started a business where I coach people who want to get better at daydreaming – check it out if you’re interested in working with me!

Noah…

Noah, smiling at the camera
Noah

I am a white settler, cis-gendered, able-bodied gay man, born to working-class hippie draft-dodging parents. I am presently living in Toronto, Canada. I spent a lot of my growing up in different places – in Newfoundland and the Maritimes, the suburbs of Montreal, and in a swamp in the country outside of Ottawa.

I’ve worked as an artist, community worker, scholar and activist. I’ve worn many hats (including circus acrobat, organic gardener, arts-based researcher, educator, nanny, hospital administrator, purveyor of organic pet-food), and am presently working hard to wrap up my doctoral dissertation in the sociology of childhood at OISE/University of Toronto. Having always worked in mixed media, my dissertation is half scholarly text and half comic, exploring children’s ideas about being kids. Here is an example of my work.

I’ve engaged in writing of many kinds. I’ve facilitated arts-based, exploratory workshops for people of all ages for over 25 years. My focus is on relationships, interconnectedness/interdependence, imagination and the generation of knowledge and culture. I loves working alongside Indigo – we have been connected and creating together for over two decades. One of my favorite things to do is to support people in exploring new ideas. For more specifics on what I’m is working on, you can check out the tag ‘Noah.’