I was born in the forties in New York City and am a world traveler. I have worked in several countries of the world and have several degrees from United States and Ireland. I enjoy teaching acting and directing plays, but spend most of time in the pursuit of poetry. In the past I have been an events coordinator for arts galleries. I have published several books including Irish Tinkers and I have also had several anthropological research articles published in Italian. In the past two years, I have published twelve books of poems.
Much of my life has been spent teaching at every age level including college. During my teaching career, I taught in the Peace Corps in North Africa, in Ireland where I taught Irish travelers, and in the United States where I taught on Native American reservations. Many of my multi-genre arts classes involved art, acting, and dance as well as creative writing.
I worked with in many non profits, some of which I founded or co-founded. My first non profit experience was at Anyart Art Gallery in Providence, Rhode Island. Here, I spent seven years as director of external events. I designed and produced programs (over two hundred events) that had the advantage of being synchronized with local art exhibitions. In other words, the external events I produced helped sell the artwork exhibited at the art gallery. To that end, I designed many events and hired artists groups geared for an audience of approximately one hundred people. I also designed fund raisers to help support the gallery and keep it going. I had supper/dinner performances that included music, art, drama, liturgical dance. etc. I also prepared individual artists for eventual hire by top management. In other words, I designed artist portfolios and helped artists market themselves in the world of work.Initially, I possessed a roster of about ten artists and helped launch their careers.
The next non-profit experience I had involved creative writing projects? as well as student counseling. While on the surface this might not appear arts centered, it was in this respect. I designed and initiated the founding of a writing center which assisted students with the preparation of their work for? feeder schools and colleges situated in the Window Rock district of the Navajo reservation. In addition, I put on local creative writing workshops for employees of the Navajo Nation. During this fourteen year period I was also engaged in teaching creative writing at three satellite campuses for the local colleges.
At that juncture, I went into retail in a bookstore in Boulder. At this location, I spent four years developing a non profit writing school open to members of the community who wanted to sell their book proposals and manuscripts to top publishing companies. This assignment also involved the skilled preparation of individual artist portfolios. Several of the writers I coached were subsequently able to successfully publish their work.
Through these past experiences, I have been able to refine and redefine my interest in creative writing. At present, I am applying my skills towards the publication of my own work. For the past ten years, I have been attending fairs and selling my manuscripts at various wholistically inclined commercial venues. It is only now that I have had time to be able to concentrate on my own work and bring it into the foreground of my life. At present, I have published approximately twelve manuscripts and have several more awaiting publication. I have also started to work in video production in order to develop new ways of integrating creative writing with visual arts. Using dance, music, poetry, and drama, I have produced two videos and am working on a third. Although I might like to consider myself a performance poet, I have never performed any of my improvisational work in public but only at small gatherings at CIIS. Currently, I am anticipating the development and promotion of future video productions and desire to continue working towards the integration of all the arts in my literary based ventures
I am artist and entrepreneur. In the past two years, I have penned twelve books of poetry. Thus, marketing is very important to me. Today, I spend most of my time in the pursuit of my art. The entrepreneur part of me is important as I have launched many careers and created individual portfolios for artists that include individualized text and photography. As a former director and events coordinator for the non-profit Anyart Gallery in Providence Rhode Island, a small gallery that seated one hundred people, I was responsible for initiating and producing over three hundred events during a seven year period. It was during that period I ran an arts playgroup in my home and became involved in working with arts with children aged two to pre-school. I had a staff of eighteen and used the arts to make an environment that was healthy for the children engaged in what might be called in contemporary terms a play shop.
The events were so successful, to the point audience engagement became popular because I put on mystery artist events. I also designed fund-raisers that included liturgical dance, country and western shows, dance, and a wide variety of musical performers. My interest was in meshing the arts events with the visual artists showcased in in the gallery.
Because of my previous experience with Anyart, I later created a non profit of my own which I supported with fund raising arts events and and grant writing projects. I also set up a writing school in Boulder that helped launched writers and produced portfolios for their media packages. My projects were showcased on Channel Five live in Arizona.
Today, I am an artist who is engaged in writing and disseminating my works at fairs and bookstores. I have another interest which affects the kind of work I produce, promote, and create. I am interested and involved in Bullyproof Projects initiated and co-produced by the late Paul Newman and Arthur Kanegis. I am interested in preventing gun violence and in promoting anti-bullying measures using the arts as a vehicle to accomplish a safe and better and more compassionate school environments. To support my interest in humanitarian projects, I have written plays and poems. Currently I am producing two videos that carry the message and am interested in producing more videos that will reach the public in due time.
I feel my strong point lies in the design of arts curriculae for use by schools and arts organizations. I am also a strong performance artist, something I did not know before I attended CIIS.My weakness lies in my lack of knowledge of computer technology. My last ten years spent in retail did not include exposure to any of the marvelous advances in computer technology.
I am an artiste in the strictest sense of the word. Words are my special forte. I write poems, blogs, plays, short stories. My strength lies in my voice. I make CD’s, videos, and also acting. For fifteen years I have taught acting to students of all ages. I am a raconteur and a dramatic performance poet. Words are used as vehicles to make changes in people’s lives. I stress the fantastic, the metaphysical, and the lyrical.
In all of my art forms, I stress the everyday experience as meat and marrow for my poems and stories. Everything that happens in life can be elevated into the realm of art. It all depends how you look at life and what you want to make out of life experiences. In order to access the realm of art, I have to be willing to accept life as it is and use every experience no matter how seemingly trivial. I also enjoy producing other’s work and discovering unknown artists. I have spent a life engaged in the world of arts and have put together many cabaret style performances.
In my performance art I have sought to blend my voice with musical performance including jazz, classical, and pop. Occasionally, I will break out into song when the occasion demands. I have an interest in English and French folk songs. In using chalk drawings to illuminate my art, I often have created masks of delight and fantasy and thus Utilize a variety of blended pastel colors to invite, to ignite, and to initiate blended portals representative of various states of consciousness.
My work is basically impressionistic and peppered with surreal overtones. To me, my work has music within it and the music is what drives the poetry. It is not totally sound poetry, but my work contains interpolated rhythms embedded within individual poems.
Because my first art was dance, it has definitely affected how I write. I imagine all the words are dancing down the page. I spent much of my youth in New York on Gansvoort Pier and at St. Marks in the Bowery. I listened to the Beat Poets of the Sixties and many of the jazz pianists. Early exposure to this music and poetry made a deep impression.
Being a magpie-type of poet is difficult act. The lack of cohesive style means I can imitate various poetical styles, but I need to reclaim my own voice. I did not wish to subvert, submerge, or sabotage my own voice. What this stance means is that I have to work a lot harder to focus on a unified and strong poetic voice. Being discursive or unfocused is often a problem for many poets.
At present, I find the dramatic monologue the easiest form to use as it expresses the voice of the many interesting and remarkable characters I have met during the course of my life.
Why not focus on being a novelist or a short story writer? I am not completely at home in prose unless the work is a prose poem derived from the French impressionist school. To me, prose adds too many words that often detract from audience participation. I feel poetry can summon forth or evoke a spiritual sensibility and an awareness which is uplifting and thereby healing. To identify with the characters I describe, it important to have compassion. I feel compassion can be best evoked through the mediumistic vehicle of poetry.
Most recently, I have started making recordings of my work. I find that kind of dramatic presentation amplifies, expands, and lends the performance poet aspect to my work. It is exciting for me to make these sound recordings.
I am not so interested in the process of making poems. I am interested in performing them and getting them out to the public. That seems more important. Not to get embedded in process but rather to remain inspired so creative output is high.