Things are beginning to happen again, after a year of pandemic and global shutdown. But some things never had to stop, like creativity. In fact, I would venture to guess that many of us discovered innovations inside ourselves we didn't know we had. Here is what I'm up to these days.
THE RICHEST GIRL IN THE WORLD
On Christmas Day 2020, I released my first and only children's book, as a videobook, about the indwelling nature of friendship. When a sage old man arrives in an enchanting village, he changes the life of a little girl forever. Featuring over a hundred colorful illustrations, and underscored with a whimsical music score, THE RICHEST GIRL IN THE WORLD sets the stage for an idyllic and timeless story, where gratitude, compassion, and being present are everyday virtues. It's KidLit for a risen consciousness. For kids ages 8 to 108! WATCH HERE
DIGI-FEST TEMECULA 2021
And speaking of THE RICHEST GIRL IN THE WORLD, both she and a docu-short I made called SIX MURALS, about the Black Lives Matter street murals around Kansas City, were selected to be a part of DigiFest Temecula, an annual digital media festival happening April 16-18, 2021. CHECK IT OUT
CREATING FROM THE ASHES
I was recently one of eight writers invited to participate in, and contribute an essay and an interview to, the new vMuseum project from Echoes Media, on the challenges of being a creative during times of great upheaval, as 2020 gave us. The vMuseum is the brainchild of recent Harvard grad and mover/shaker Janelle Gray, and it is a beautiful offering. READ HERE
BRILLIANT CORNERS: A JOURNAL OF JAZZ & LITERATURE
In the next issue of this wonderful journal out of Pennsylvania, I am thrilled to have been interviewed by editor Sascha Feinstein. We had a grand time laughing and chatting on Zoom as if we'd known each other forever. And the incredible cherry on that cake is that one of my alcohol ink art pieces will be the issue's cover. Coming in May 2021.
POETRY AS SPIRITUAL PRACTICE
On Wednesday, March 17, 2021, I was privileged to have one of my poems, But There, from the BONES collection, as the featured poem for the Center for Spiritual Living Simi Valley's monthly Zoom Poetry Salon: "Poetry as Spiritual Practice." What a visionary concept, conceived of by Johanna Van Gelder. And what an amazing evening it was to hear my piece recited several times by different participants, each recitation prompting a meditational question for the room to journal on. The entire process was loving, giving, communal, and truly opening up the endless possibilities of how poetry can operate as transformation.
THE PRAYER WINGS PROJECT, A COMMUNITY MURAL AT UNITY VILLAGE
Presented by Unity Arts Ministry, I am incredibly tickled to have been a participant in this beautiful project, of contributing a painted paper feather as part of a global contribution to the new Prayer Wings mural which now hangs in the Unity Village Bookstore & Café in Lee's Summit, Missouri (in the Kansas City metropolitan area). I am a recent transplant from Los Angeles to KC, and this feels like my first tiny little stamp on my new Kansas City life. A small part of me is now a part of the city. And it's been lovely to finally see the prayer wings in their completion. The mural was revealed on April 5, 2021, at the bookstore's post-Covid re-opening. Check out FACEBOOK.COM/UNITYARTSMINISTRY for pics.
'SHORT STORIES" FROM THE METROPOLITAN MASTER CHORALE
I am so honored to have been invited to contribute five of my 100-word stories, from the ALEATORY ON THE RADIO collection, to be featured in an upcoming concert evening by the glorious Metropolitan Master Chorale called "Short Stories," a blending of music and storytelling. It will be a virtual concert, anticipated by late spring/early summer. Stay tuned!
AS FOR LIVE EVENTS
On the in-person front, thanks to the new vaccines, it won't be long before we can all come together again post-pandemic, to a new normal, a better version, Normal 2.0, when live music, art exhibits, and book events can once again connect us face to face, with a new appreciation for the fragility of this world.
Until then, be safe and stay safe. Keep others safe too.