Lisa Sniderman, aka Aoede, is an award-winning, quirky, folk-pop artist, playwright, author, filmmaker, disabled artist advocate from San Francisco who obsessively creates to express, heal and empower others to grieve and thrive. She's been honored with more than 85 awards for songwriting, audiobooks, films, stage plays, voiceover and books since 2012 all while suffering from a rare autoimmune disease for 13 1/2 years: dermatomyositis, a progressive muscle weakness disease. Her memoir: A Light in the Darkness: Transcending Chronic Illness through the Power of Art and Attitude (Sep 2018), chronicles her 10-year journey living with chronic illness while creating to heal. In July 2020, she held a free two-week online summit to help others struggling with chronic illness thrive, attended by 1,800 participants. She released her ninth studio album, The Grieving Project, August 2020. She uses her arts and music to give a voice to, elevate and empower those with chronic illnesses and disabilities to improve their mental health and wellness, grieve and thrive.