The Written Compass

Hosted ByDr. Shana Hartman

A podcast for inspiration, education, and activation of powerful new narratives in the world of business and life from heart-centered folks just like you.

Episode 32: A Conversation with Dr. Kemeshia Swanson on Letters to Parents, Black Women in Literature, and the Freedom of Writing

In this episode, I am joined by my former colleague and current book editor, Dr. Kemeshia Swanson. Dr. Swanson is an amazing college professor of English, focusing on her love of literature. She and I discussed lots of different things from her early memory of writing a letter to her parents at a young age expressing her emotions after she was grounded all the way to her upcoming book that explores powerful Black female characters in literature and what their sexuality can tell us.

Dr. Swanson is a university English professor, homeschooling mom, and owner of KRS Studios, where she creates amazing treats for all to enjoy. You can follow her on Instagram at @mesh_4real or follow her creative business on Facebook.

If you want to learn more about how to keep the ideas flowing, head over to for more resources. Shana Hartman is a Ph.D. turned embodied writing coach. Her 15+ years of experience as an English professor informs her work now as the CEO of Synergy Wellness, a multifaceted company that serves her local community of Shelby, NC through massage and BodyMind Coaching, and Synergy supports others virtually through coaching programs focused on using the wisdom of the body as a guide for creating an abundant life. Her favorite way to listen and get embodied is through writing! She is most known for supporting heart-centered business owners in getting their amazing messages out into the world in a powerful book. When not coaching and working with her clients, she can be found hanging with her family of five in her 1924 home in Shelby or exploring a new city with her hubby, Jeff. Connect with Shana on Instagram @shanahartman_