Kimi Eisele is a dancer/choreographer, director, writer, and visual artist in Tucson, Arizona. Her work is grounded in explorations of place and environment, creating opportunities for community collaboration, civic participation, and deeper discovery of our connection to nature. She has directed multiple dance projects for New ARTiculations Dance Theatre, exploring issues such as endangered species (Rosemont Ours, 2013), water (FLOW, 2012), urban revitalization (The Invisible City,2008), and food systems (We Are What We Eat, 2008). Her current project is Standing with Saguaros, celebrating the saguaro cactus and the many stories it reveals about life in the Sonoran Desert, in partnership with Borderlands Theater and Saguaro National Park (StandingwithSaguaros.org). Her writing has been published in literary magazines, anthologies, and online news outlets. She received the 2012 Arizona Commission on the Arts’ Artist Project Grant for her novel-in-progress about America in the post-apocalypse. Also a visual artist, Kimi makes papercuttings and shadow puppet theater about community, wildlife, and the human body. She is the 2014 recipient of the “Lumie” Award for Established Artist from the Tucson Pima Arts Council and has been a resident artist at the Rasmuson Resident Artist Program in Sitka, AK; Djerassi; Blue Mountain Center; and the Mesa Refuge.