Marlee Grace-How to Not Always Be Working

Marlee Grace


Marlee Grace is a dancer and writer whose work focuses on the self, distraction, and art making. Her practice is rooted in improvisation as a compositional form that takes shape in movement videos, books, and running an artist residency.


Radical Self Care, Sponsored by Gathered and Grounded

In a culture of social media, it’s easy to lose your sense of self and humanity to the images we project. Marlee Grace and Jennifer Pastiloff are two women who have forged new careers from the freedom of social media but have also learned how to foster genuine community within and outside of it. They ask and answer poignant questions we all have on and off our computer screens: How do we make life and work meaningful but not the same? How do we set boundaries? What does compassion look like in the age of the cyber troll? And how, in the midst of all we give to our brand, our work, our communities, do we manage to honor ourselves and grow authentically?

Moderator: Beth Waltemath

Beth Waltemath is a member of the Decatur Book Festival adult programming committee. She worked at Random House and Hearst Magazines in New York City before attending seminary. She currently serves as co-pastor of North Decatur Presbyterian Church. She continues to write book reviews and author interviews and teach classes on writing and publishing.

  • Marriott Conference Center B presented by Atlanta Pro AV
  • Sat 4:15-5:00 Marriott B

How to Not Always Be Working

Part workbook, part advice manual, part love letter, How to Not Always Be Working ventures into the space where phone meets life, helping readers to define their work—what they do out of sense of purpose; their job—what they do to make money; and their breaks—what they do to recharge, and to feel connected to themselves and the people who matter to them. Grace addresses complex issues such as what to do if your work and your job are connected, provides insights to help you figure out how much is too much, and offers suggestions for making the best use of your time.

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