Denny Kolsh, TWLOHA Campus Tour Speaker
Over the next few weeks, To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA) will embark on a tour of college campuses to talk about their vision, their goals, and of course, to provide an open forum to share one’s stories.
We recently had the chance to chat with Denny Kolsh, one of the tour’s speakers. Denny provided some invaluable insights to TWLOHA’s mission, and how his involvement with them began.
You can see Denny in-person on February 5th at Eastern Connecticut State University.
How did you become involved with TWLOHA? And why?
I attribute my involvement with TWLOHA to a combination of “being in the right place at the right time” and the natural connection TWLOHA’s story has with my own. I grew up near the location TWLOHA began, in Central Florida. Jamie Tworkowski (TWLOHA’s founder) I and were friends before TWLOHA’s conception, so once this thing gained momentum I think he instinctively invited me onto the team. Specifically, it was after I graduated from Florida State University that I was offered a position in the area of festivals and events. I was a humanities and philosophy major, which doesn’t really translate into booking festivals. But, I was inspired by TWLOHA’s mission, so it didn’t really matter how my gifts were used. All things TWLOHA seem to find their way back to helping others, which is what mattered to me.
What is something that inspires you about TWLOHA’s work? Something that no other organization does…
It’s pretty hard to do anything new in this world but if there is something I would pride TWLOHA on its the way they have used artistic platforms to change society. My experience as a therapist has given me greater respect for the unique work TWLOHA does in the mental health world.
If money were no object, how would you like to see TWLOHA expand? This year and beyond…
Good question. I would like to see TWLOHA become more in involved obtaining grants and supporting psychological research.
What can people expect to see/hear at this event?
People can expect to hear about TWLOHA’s story and how my story intersects with TWLOHA’s. So, a lot of stories. People can also expect to hear about specific mental health issues and ways we can live that will help change our lives and society.
Do you feel that these kind of events are important? Not just as part of TWLOHA’s mission, but for the general public as well?
These events often begin conversations about mental health that would remain untouched. So yes, I believe these events can be critical to the health of communities.