I'm trying out a new visual format for my email list! Yay! Upgrades are goooood. Happy Fall everyone!
First -- You are receiving emails from me because either you know me personally, or you requested to be on my email list, or you have expressed an interest to be kept in the loop about my personal performances, news, lectures or adoption information.
Other reasons you may be on this list either you wanted to know about Third Root Art Collective events, artists we produce and those community people whom we simply love and support. If you do not want to be on this email list, please use the unsubscribe button and viola! I will take you off my list. But I hope you stay. I like you and we as a collective want to support you and your work as well.
Update on me:
This past summer was amazing addition to my year as I finished up my a cycle of self-employment (partial 'code for 'unemployment' -- heee!) as a full-time working artist.
With your donations, I was able to attend VONA writing workshop for writers of color at SFSU. The week with a community of writers allowed me the direct focus on my poetry and has introduced me to a local and national group of writers who continue to inspire me. Thank you to Ruth Foreman for pushing me to complete my poetry manuscript. THANK YOU to everyone who donated to the tuition fund so I could attend. You made it possible and I am continually reminded that, as a woman of color, my words DO have meaning for those who cannot speak and that my work is important. I'm happy to announce that 3 of my poems will be published in the forthcoming anthology, Other Tongues: Mixed-Race Women Speak Out in December 2010! Yay! I look forward to sharing where to get the book and reading with the other amazing writers in the volume.
I also had the opportunity this summer to attend a 7-day silent meditation retreat at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Yup, 7 days of SILENCE! No reading, no writing, just meditation, my body, mind and spirit. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life, and I am still feeling blessed and have energy reverberating through my body from the silent time there.
One unfortunate event -- on August 12, I came home from a lunch with a friend to find out my house had been burglarized. My laptop computer, my Canon Power Shot camera (over $400.00), and my IPod were all stolen. I was blessed that somehow, in the 'smash and grab' that my external hard drive dropped off, on to the ground and was obscured by the stacks of research on my floor. I have NO idea what I would have done if all of my years of writing (both creative and academic) would have been gone. I am thankful and have been working hard to get my home back to 'feeling right' and safe. So many folks reached out, came over to stay with me, sent me care packages and I'm currently working with a loaner computer until I can afford a new one. THANK YOU to everyone who has sent protective energy, prayers and love my way. I needed and still need it. There will be a fundraiser at some point to replace my computer as I have no $ to replace it, and for those of you who want to donate to the "new computer fund" or are able to help me in securing a new computer (anyone able to give a microloan?), please email me directly. Any amount will help.
I'm now back up at Cal, working hard to finish up my Ph.D. work and to move on to the next steps in my academic life. The end of the semester is almost here - thank goodness!
Lots of folks are asking when "Ungrateful Daughter" will be back in action, I hope that it will be doing some traveling this spring and will have at least two weekends in the Bay Area sometime also in the springtime or early summer. Look for details after January! Did I mention that "Ungrateful Daughter" got awarded a development grant from La Pena Cultural Center as part of its James Irvine Foundation New Works Fund for 2010-2011? Yeeee! So much good news.
BLOGGING 101 WORKSHOP - Dec 5th
I'm teaching the Blogging 101 Workshop again!
Full details and registration information HERE
Update on Third Root Art Collective:
As you know, Third Root has taken this Fall off for hiatus, while we go into development mode with our 2011 projects. While we are on hiatus, I'd like to bring your attention to a few artists I support and love, to keep your mind and heart fed with work that is meaningful and powerful! Please check the details BELOW!
I'd like to ask you to consider donating to a project close to my heart, AFAAD (Adopted and Fostered Adults of the African Diaspora). We are in a fund raising season and NEED YOUR HELP to continue our work providing space for Foster Care alumni and Adopted people to both heal from our losses and celebrate our communities, to advocate for ethical adoption practices and also educate the community at large! Most importantly, AFAAD is 5 years old, (holy cow!) and we are working on our first strategic planning retreat to focus our goals for the next 3-5 years. We CANNOT do this without support. Please check out our website for full details on the work we do supporting black adopted people and foster care alumni.
DONATE TO AFAAD HERE
Wow! Lots going on. Thank you so much for your continued support and love. For my local community, don’t forget to check out the events on my radar that I support and think you should go too this week! I hope to see many of you over the holiday season when work calms down!
One Love and Happy Fall!
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