Emilie Rommel Shimkus,  photo by Lisa Squared PhotographingEmilie Rommel Shimkus is an actor, singer, and writer from the Pacific Northwest.

She plays Wren the Bard, a lead character in 3 seasons of the fantasy-comedy web-series, JourneyQuest and and acts onstage and in local independent film.

She created Tell Your Children, a short-film project based on her poetry and focusing on women in myth and fairy tale (now in festival submissions).

Emilie is a board member of The Northwest Renaissance Poets, Performers & Publishers and hosts a monthly poetry reading series in Auburn.

She lives in Tacoma, Washington with her actor husband, Matt Shimkus, and their 2 daughters.

What I have to tell you…
If I were a cartographer or a physicist, or even an accountant (but then again, no)… I would still spend my free hours studying the effects of words on humans. How the echoes and especially the absence of words drive us, set fire to tindered soul.
It’s the only question, really, the only discipline.
But instead of charts, I have poems and scribbles in every margin and seam. I have verses and refrains punctuated by tambourine.
I have scenes and silences that carry me through a camera frame and across a set, in accordance to the stride permitted by the shoes this person would have worn.
There are so many ways we can try to fill the empty space between you and me and all the versions of the people we might be in this room.
Bet on it—I will always start with the words.

Photo: Lisa Squared Photo-graphing