Who We Are
Our Two Trees Mentors share an intuitive approach to writing. We believe a writer’s connection to their knowing can be found through association, divination, nature, and the body. We are also experienced MFA teachers, and award-winning writers. You can work with us together in workshops or individually. Find out more about us below.
Elena leads writing workshops and intensives, and is available for coaching and manuscript consultations.
Rahna Reiko Rizzuto
Reiko is the award-winning author of two novels and a memoir. She writes about family, motherhood, race, war, trauma, and is keenly interested in history and secrets and how they affect the ultimate story: The one we tell ourselves so we can know who we are. She has taught in retreat settings and an MFA in Creative Writing program for over 16 years. Her approach combines intuition and logic; planning and divination; impulse and revision.
Reiko leads writing workshops and intensives, and is available for coaching and manuscript consultations. She also does tarot readings for books and writers.
Bhanu is the author of six full-length collections which move between poetry and prose. In 2020, she won the Windham-Campbell Prize for Poetry, as well as a Chomondeley Award. Her work explores themes of belonging and unbelonging through fables of human-animal experience, and the textures/sensations produced when genre collapses or sheds off. Is it possible to make new work from this detritus, or from the stories we told each other as were falling asleep? Bhanu has taught creative writing in university settings for twenty years, but also in retreat settings, museums, at human rights’ conferences, and on riverbanks. She works with writers of all genres and at all stages of their process, to make writing feel possible again.
Bhanu offers workshops that combine meditation practice and experimental prompts. She also offers a one hour palmistry session: a close study of images and lines that invites questions about writing but also, the life in which the writing is being made.
Sherri L. Smith
Sherri is the award-winning author of eight young adult and middle grade novels as well as nonfiction for younger readers. She writes about identity, family, history, and what it means to be human on this swiftly tilting planet. Sherri has taught in MFA and university extension programs, creative writing conferences and private writing schools for thirteen years. She is deeply interested in the liminal space between the imaginal and the “real” world. She’s also a story structure nut. Her approach is to understand the bones of a story, and to tap into its mythic marrow.
Sherri offers intensives.