About Me

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Photo by Hope Kim

Hi, I’m Mallory! Thank you for visiting my little space here!

I’m a writer/editor, performer, visual artist/photographer, and tarot reader. I grew up on Potawatomi land, now called central Michigan. I studied creative writing and social work before uprooting my life and moving abroad. In 2013, my husband and I relocated to South Korea, where we currently reside.

I have worked for years as an EFL instructor and as a social worker before that. For a number of years, I was counselor and advocate for survivors of domestic and sexual violence and later with youth in the child welfare system. I have always been most comfortable working in service to others, but I grew weary and burnt out working in systems both underfunded and fraught with politics and red tape.

Nowadays, I am grateful to have the privilege to pursue both creative and healing arts, from writing and editing (updates on my current projects coming soon) to preparing and sharing small batch herbal medicines with my local community, to photography and tarot readings. I have begun to actively incorporate magic into my life. By magic, I mean mindfulness, alignment with the natural world and energies around and within us, and learning and practicing ritual and spell work. I believe that magic and witchcraft must incorporate the needs of all. Especially at such a powerful moment in human history, we cannot afford to only look within. Therefore, I am always thinking of how to better bring my personal spiritual practice – which centers primarily on healing from trauma and on tenets of my ancestral Celtic spiritual traditions such as courage and generosity of spirit  – into the wider world and the realm of social justice. This is a work in progress. I am a work in progress. Let’s do this work together.

In terms of performing, since moving to Seoul in 2017, I’ve had the chance to perform in a number of stage productions, including a role as Beline in Moliere’s The Imaginary Invalid. In June 2018, I was honored to win the Best Actor (Comedy) award at the Gwangju Performance Project’s Pen In Ten 10-Minute Play Festival. I have a leading role in an upcoming radio play about superheroes (more info to come!). When I perform on stage, I am at my most embodied and joyful.

From 2010-2017, I blogged here.  At that time, I mostly shared my photographs and wrote about travel and food.

If you are interested in collaborating on a creative project, please contact me. If you would like a tarot reading, please see my Tarot page for more information!

You can find me on instagram, twitter, or by email at mallorydowd (at) gmail.com.

Check out my recent adventure zine, Talking Cats & Dryads!