Valencia De’La Clay is a budding scholar-practitioner of art, mind, and reading. With the help of a community Patreon campaign and support from her 2019 National Geographic Society Fellowship, she recently established Baltimore’s Read Street Garden, a live-in library for artists and researchers. Currently, in her 12th year as an urban teacher, she meditates to stay grounded, writes to release, and collects classroom video content to reflect on how to continue strengthening her craft.