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Hollyhock Presenters

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Our presenters are curated for their quality, depth, integrity, and alignment with our educational purpose. Since 1982, a distinguished faculty of authors, educators, activists, artists, performers, and practitioners have shared their work at our Cortes Island campus and in Vancouver.

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Leah Abramson

Leah Abramson is a singer, songwriter, and composer whose work explores vocal harmonies, soundscapes, and the intersection of humanity and the environment. Leah has released four albums of original music and has contributed to dozens of others as a songwriter and vocalist. After years spent touring and recording internationally as a lead singer and member of various ensembles, Leah now adds playwright, producer, and music director to her credits, with Songs For a Lost Pod, her large-scale interdisciplinary song cycle, which premiered in 2022.

As an instructor, Leah has lead songwriting workshops for people of all ages and abilities, notably as an Adjunct Professor in the UBC Creative Writing Program (Lyric Forms), and as a trauma-informed facilitator for music projects across the Lower Mainland.

Leah holds an MFA in Creative Writing (focus on lyrics), and currently lives and works on the traditional, unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, also known as Vancouver, BC.