"When a woman tells the truth she is creating the possibility for more truth around her."
- Adrienne Rich
My name is Kerri Lowe - but you can call me KAYLO.
KAYLO stands for Keep All Young Loves Open. It's my favorite childhood nickname, but more importantly, it's my reminder to be the brave, passionate, outspoken girl I was when I was young. The girl I was before the world taught me that you have to be perfect and tame to be loved. That you had to keep secrets. That you couldn't tell the truth.
Transformational Storytelling is my thing.
I'm a solo performer, spoken word poet & transformational storytelling facilitator. What this (mostly) means is that I create autobiographical works of art on stage and online - and help other people do the same.
When I was at New York University for acting school, I had an epiphany (okay, okay - an identity crisis)...I realized that I had fallen in love with acting because it was an escape, a glimpse into someone else's truth. But what I really needed and desired, was to start speaking my own truth.
Starting with songwriting, I began to tell stories using my own words instead of the words of a playwright. I wrote a couple of folky EPs and a full length record with songs about my family, searching for love and leaving a small town for the big city. Singing and playing my songs in Brooklyn bars and in the subway stations, I was hooked on honest expression.
Until a crisis happened - and I lost my voice. Following a sexual assault that I kept a secret, I became unable to sing without pain. I found healing in creating a one-woman show called The Only Thing You'll Lose about that experience. The process of telling the full truth about what happened to me - and the process of writing the show to overcome it - healed my voice. It felt like a miracle, but I knew it wasn't a fluke. It had to do with the transformational power of story.
Soon enough, I was hooked on story. I trained to become a StoryHealers International Transformational Monologue facilitator with the founder, Tanya Taylor Rubinstein. I learned more about applications for story work through completing the coursework for the Certificate in Narrative Practice from The Center for Narrative Practice. I became an Operation Conversation: Cops & Kids workshop facilitator, which uses the intersection of performance and honest conversation to forge new connections between NYPD and inner city teenagers.
My own storytelling work has continued with spoken word poetry videos, including my two favorites, "When I Have Gumption" and "For Girls Who Had Eating Disorders Not 'Bad Enough' for Treatment." I've also completed a video diary, "Portrait of a Highly-Sensitive Millennial Feminist on the Verge of Holy Matrimony" - which is a 12-part series leading up to my recent nuptials, to get to the real concerns and experience of a millennial bride.
On this website you'll find info about my upcoming projects, as well as opportunities to work with me to tell your story. I am in the process of creating bi-monthly writing workshops and a live transformational monologue experience towards the end of 2016.
To express my experience of life authentically and help others do the same. To speak up when I have been trained to be silent, to take risks when I have been told to play it safe, to build a solid foundation of discipline and systems that support the creative life my clients and I aspire to. To find the grain of sand in everything, that irritating itch that makes us pursue questions and projects that make the journey of being alive an worthwhile one. To come clean, cause the cleaner I get is the messiest yet.