Introducing By & For Featured Writer: Caela Collins:

Caela Collins’ is a young writer and contributor to By & For. Her piece most recent piece, Tree Girl’s Budding Thoughts combines her love and appreciation of nature with the personal journey she has taken in young adulthood thus far. Collins uses this opportunity to discuss the views of a tree suddenly transformed into a human girl. Caela’s goal is straightforward – exposing the commonality between humans and trees.

For her, it’s important that we acknowledge that all beings are tethered to the earth and there’s a deeper connection that people overlook, “Our homes aren’t in apartment complexes or brick houses, it is the soil and the air, and everything that makes earth the natural home that it is.” 

Her writing, a constant shift between monologuing and poetic waxings, effectively showcases her boundless imagination and freeflowing style.

Caela says that taking part in By & For helped push her ideas further and dig deep when approaching her creative work, “The program inspires me and really makes me feel empowered. I would highly recommend this program to others because it’s given me an opportunity to experience other perspectives that have widened my own lens. I also have an opportunity to meet new interesting peers even in a pandemic!”


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2 Comments

  1. Valerie Collins on April 24, 2021 at 8:09 pm

    This young woman is a remarkable writer. I love her thought process and how she expresses herself through her writing.

  2. Marion Gauthier on April 25, 2021 at 5:40 am

    This is so beautiful, thank you for opening ones mind to the realization that there really is “a deeper connection that people overlook”.

    Trees truly are the lungs of our land, giving us hope, strength, and plenty of heart warming shade.

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