My name is Lydia Armstrong.

I write poetry and fiction, and have been published in Voicemail PoemsThe Best Small Fictions 2017NeonThe Axe Factorypamplemousseapt, and others. In 2016, I helped to operate Slam Richmond, a local spoken word venue, and have facilitated writing workshops at open mics, in high schools, and for private groups. I’m still active in Richmond’s spoken word community, and am currently working on a novel.

In late 2017, I began a portrait photography project, Thicket of Trash, aimed at challenging societal expectations of self-image, self-love, and sexuality during a time when sharing or celebrating images of yourself is seen as shallow or vain (selfie-culture). A mix of photos of myself and other people, the project explores how we see ourselves, how we are seen by others, and how outside perceptions and judgments impact how we feel. Collections from the project and commentary can be found under the Photography page on this website, and some images have been published by Dark Ink Magazine and Porter House Review.

Thicket of Trash is named for the state of my hair after a shoot.