I brought the body poetik to vocational centers for the blind, senior centers, at-risk youth programs, libraries, disability service centers, and substance abase recovery centers. I've provided hundreds of individual sessions in my home. In addition, I do interactive performance art installations at art centers and universities, using my own disabled body as catalyst. This as a kind of body work that puts participants inside the art and encourages a sensate experience, not just an intellectual one. In the photo to the left, I am lying on the gallery floor of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Passers-by were directed to "interact" with my limbs, in response to a narrative that was being read aloud concerning young adults instutronalzied nursing homes.
Besides individual/couple/small group consults on body-image and sexuality, I am still available to teach embodied creative writing classes for any age. Creative writing can be a way to build positive body-image and become more attuned to the outside world. It can be a way to heal or live with illness. These writing-only classes would not be focused on sexuality.
University of California Santa Cruz’s “Emergent Communities” conference
San Francisco State University’s Poetry Center as guest speaker for public practices class
San Francisco Library for the Blind and Print Disabled as part of Litquake, an annual citywide literary festival
Fundraiser/performance for San Francisco's Center for Sex and Culture
Waveform, 2011: book of poetry/performance text, written with collaborator Denise Leto.
the body poetik as intimacy coaching: sessions with individuals to address erotic self-image, basic sensory awareness, and finding greater love pleasure in one's own body. Using creative writing, journaling, meditation and breathwork in conjunction with self-guided bodywork techniques.
San Francisco School of the Arts: taught a creative writing summer session for junior high students preparing to apply for the arts charter high school.
Runaway with Words: co-created a series of poetry workshops for teenagers in juvenile detention centers, a school for teen mothers, and a preschool program in the inner city.
Kelsey Street Press: an avant-garde feminist poetry press established in the 1970s; developmental editing for the publication of new books; blogging about new, experimental women's poetry; collaboration on sound project that collected the voices of women poets.
Our Whole Lives, Unitarian Universalist Association, K-6 Sex Educator, 2016
Institute for Advanced Study in Human Sexuality. Certified Sexological Bodyworker, 2014
California College of the Arts, Master of Fine Arts in Writing. 2004
New College of Florida, Bachelors of Arts in Literature. 2001