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I’ve written most of my life and studied writing in college, earning a BFA with a double major in art and literature. Writing about creativity and photography (technically and conceptually) for over twenty-five years, I grew increasingly hungry to express myself in other ways.
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In 2019, during the first Youth Climate Strike, I saw a young poetess make a video presentation and have even more emotional impact than 45th vice-president Al Gore as he trained us to make effective presentations through his Climate Reality Leadership Corps. Her performance helped me understand that I didn’t need to change my social activism but rather intensify the ways my artworks are socially active.
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In 2020 Covid-19 shut down my in-person digital printing workshop and made it possible for me to attend Richard Blanco’s chapbook workshop offered online the same week. I had a thirty-year bucket list item to write a series of love poems to the earth and I saw this as an opportunity to complete it. It became much more than that. I hadn’t planned to write a poem a day for a year – or be trained as a voice actor – but that is what happened. Poetry helped me survive and thrive during the Great Pause.
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In 2021, after fifth inaugural poet Richard Blanco’s workshop, I learned the young woman who impressed me so much became the next inaugural poet Amanda Gorman.
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Poetry has become a daily part of my spiritual practice and an integral part of the ecosystem of my creativity.
For me, the visual and the verbal are inseparable.
Whether visual or verbal, my passion is ecopoetry (making art as a way of understanding earth) and ekphrasis (making art as a way of understanding art),
though it may only be language itself that separates art from e art h
or nature nature from human nature.
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View my TEDx and Google talks here.
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Poetry & Creative Nonfiction

 

Talk

Wild Roof Journal

March 2023

 

Haiku

snow drifts

Cold Moon Journal

January 2023

 

Haiku

hook cast through the air

Scarlet Dragonfly

January 2023

 

The Department Of The Interior

Tiger Moth Review

January 2023

 

Struck

Pass The Flame

Cathexis Northwest

December 2022

 

What I Do To The Earth I Do To Me

Little Blue Marble

Anthology 2022

December 2022

 

Eye
The Wild Word
December 2022
Listen

 

Waking To Antarctica

The Royal Photographic Society Journal

November 2022

 

Why I Photograph

Nature Photographers Network

November 2022

 

Test For Echo
The Dewdrop
November 2022

 

Echoes
Last Leaves
Fall 2022

 

Thumped

Mono

September 2022

 

Play A Little Longer

Narrow Road

August 2022

 

Haiku

wind in the grass

Blithe Spirit – 32.3

August 2022

 

Talking With Eliot Porter

Drifting Sands

July 2022

 

I’m At Home And Life’s At Home In Me

Wilderness House Literary Review  

July 2022

 

Hooked

Ruminate

Issue 62

June 2022

 

Horologion

Littoral Magazine

Summer Solstice

June 2022

 

Quoth
Germination
(Chris White Memorial Award Honorable Mention)

The Mountain Troubadour

75th Anniversary Issue

May 2022

 

An Unholy Alchemy Of Color
Four Ways of Seeing One Great Wave
Ekphrastic Responses To My Antarctica

The Ekphrastic Review

April 2022

 

My Antarctica

FRAMES

April 2022

 

Haiku

Lux

March 2022

 

End Days – Matter
(Contest Finalist)

Oprelle

2021

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This Our Blackened Land

The Farnsworth Art Museum

April 2021

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Readings

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Poems Of The Night Sky
The Poet’s Corner
Jan 8, 2023

 

Collaboration With Meg Weston
The Belfast Poetry Festival
Oct 15, 2022

 

Three Simple Lines With Natalie Goldberg

The Santa Fe Workshops

May 24, 2022

 

Ecopoetry – Voices For The Future

The Poet’s Corner

April 10, 2022

 

Eco-Poetry: Voices Of The Earth In Crisis

The Farnsworth Art Museum

April 10, 2021

 

Celebrating Earth Day 2021

Rockland Public Library

minute 6:50

April 10, 2021

 

Open Mic

The Poet’s Corner

minute 22:45

July 18, 2021

 

Love Unmasked

The Poet’s Corner

February 14, 2021

 

Fire & Ice

The Poet’s Corner

December 13, 2021