Lately, I’ve turned to the page. I’ve written two historical novels to retrieve lost women from History. Since the overturn of Roe vs. Wade, it is time to look back to see where we are now. I am encouraged by the great women in history, who changed history and stood up for freedom and our inalienable rights. When I’m not dancing, I am usually writing.
I have studied at The Writer’s Studio in NYC, with Ann Waldman and Alan Ginsberg, Ruth Danon and Edwin Torres, Chipmunk (Evan Pritchard) and have attended conferences: Backspace Writer’s Conference NYC, Woodstock Writer’s Conference, Philadelphia Writer’s Workshop, and San Miguel Allende Writer’s Conference, Poet’s and Writer’s Conference in Portland, Maine and Women in Publishing Conference on Zoom.
My poetry has been included in performance work and has been read aloud in various NY venues and open mics. A narrative poem, Dancing the Talk was recently included in the Body in Language, an anthology edited by poet Edwin Torres. I have a practice of writing haikus with my FB photos and of filling notebooks with pen and ink poems.
Voice of a Seer
I’ve finished a Historical novel “Voice of a Seer”, based on my dance theater piece by the same name, performed in NYC in 2001. I was drawn to Madame Blavatsky as a character who led an extraordinary life and I could not put her down when the play was finished. Madame Blavatsky was a 19th century Russian Clairvoyant who traveled the world, defied class systems and brought together the spiritual roots underlying diverse traditions. She was intriguing to me just because she made the impossible possible.
The Loves of Margaret Fuller
After the Women’s March (NYC) in 2016, I turned into an activist. I wrote my second novel on Margaret Fuller because I wanted to know how we got to this point. What has changed and what has not? Margaret Fuller was one of the first American feminists. She would have spoken with the Women’s Declaration of Rights in Seneca, NY had she not died in a shipwreck off Fire Island. She was on her way back with her family from Italy, where she was a journalist for Horace Greely’s New York Tribune on the Italian Revolution.
When asked what her epitaph might be she said: “She Loved Much”. As editor of The Dial, she was a friend of Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. She broke through the glass ceiling when women had no rights.