Lisa Sniderman, aka Aoede, is an award-winning, folk-pop artist, playwright, author and filmmaker from San Francisco who obsessively creates to heal. She creates and records unique, original full-length fantasy musicals on audiobooks that she adapts to musical theater stage plays. She’s been honored with more than 85 awards for songwriting, audiobooks, films, stage plays and books since 2012, all while suffering from dermatomyositis, a rare autoimmune disease, for more than 12 years. In 2018, she published her memoir: A Light in the Darkness: Transcending Chronic Illness through the Power of Art and Attitude, that chronicles her 10-year journey living with chronic illness while creating to heal. In July 2020, she held a free two-week online summit sharing 60 videos she recorded with experts during the past year, to help others living with chronic illness thrive, attended by 1,800 participants. On August 31, 2020, Sniderman released her spoken word album/audiobook, The Grieving Project (published by Author’s Republic), which sets the stages of grief to music to move us from surviving to thriving.