Politics & the Future of the World: A conversation with Hannah Zimmerman

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Hannah Zimmerman is a socialist activist. Politicized by the Bernie Sanders campaign at the age of 16, she became the youngest delegate at the DNC, and the youngest elected official in NYC. Now 18 and at Stanford she is continuing ‘the work of the activist’ - the daily reaching out person by person political education of grassroots organizing, under her evolving long range definition of socialist - “anti-capitalist, but what it will look like is different from what it did.”

Right now her eye is on the 2018 midterm elections, her heart and mind on the critical issue of income inequality.

Her vision for America: “Where no one is hungry and everyone who is working has the benefits they need to succeed in our society.”

Her world view: “To fight for the greater good of the common people.”

Her advice for Everywoman - “This is your time to take power and lead because when women lead great things happen.”

Hannah is a young woman who is engaged, who is committed to creating a better world; every day she hits the ground running, knowing she can make a difference. After all, she already has.


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Hannah Zimmerman

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Hannah Zimmerman is a socialist activist committed to action. Day after day, she gathers her confidence and drive, her passion and her view for a better America onto her college campus and into the world. She is raising her own voice, “yelling over a lot of men,” to fight for income equality and greater diversity in leadership.

 

Find out how you can get involved in social activism!

Socialist Artists Alliance: www.socialistarts.org

Our Revolution: www.ourrevolution.com

Gut Reaction: Getting to the Crux of Leaky Gut with Katrina Reeve

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Is Gut Health on your New Year’s resolution list? If not, after listening to our podcast with Taryn Kennedy (In the Balance Associate Producer and Director of Online Media) and Katrina Reeve, a Naturopath from Brisbane, Australia, it will be!

Naturopaths want to understand the cause of your illness/pain - where does the imbalance in the body come from? Leaky Gut Syndrome - aka intestinal permeability - can have numerous symptoms; including digestive issues, acne/eczema, asthma, hormone imbalance, mood disorders. The causes can range from chronic stress, bacteria, chemical additives in food, infections, and/or medications.

Katrina walks us through simple and immediate ways we can improve our gut health; being mindful of our lifestyle choices that reduce stress - exercise, breathing, relaxation - being mindful of choosing foods that help our gut - bone broth, fibre, fermented foods. And in closing she gives us three simple tips to increase our gut health today: “Chew your food!! Eat slowly!! Don’t multitask while eating!!!” How simple is that?


Meet This Episode's Guest

 

Katrina Reeve

MSc, BHSc (Naturopathy), BA, Dip Opera, LTCL

 

Katrina is a qualified Naturopath, Lecturer and Researcher practising in Brisbane. Her interest in Natural medicine was ignited many years ago whilst forging a career as an opera singer, actress and teacher. In addition to lecturing and student mentoring at two universities, she runs a busy clinic in inner city Brisbane where she specialises in gastrointestinal health, stress management and fertility. Katrina holds a Masters of Science (Research), Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy), Bachelor of Arts and Post Graduate Diploma in Opera. She has presented at a number of National scientific conferences and has submitted a number of journal articles for publication. 

 

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Taryn L. Kennedy

 

Taryn is the Associate Producer and Director for Online Media for In the Balance. She has been working with Susan in various capacities for 6 years and is honored and thrilled to be a part of the In the Balance team. 

In addition to her work at In the Balance, Taryn is currently studying for her Bachelor's of Science specializing in Nutritional Medicine in Brisbane, Australia. She is also part of a pilot program in primary schools that teaches kids about food. Her interest in nutrition, how food is produced, and how food affects the body started over 11 years ago after reading the book, The Food Revolution by John Robbins. 

Taryn also loves to travel and has lived in New York, Arizona, Chile, and Australia.

 

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A Note from Susan

 

Taryn Kennedy is now hosting her own mini-series as part of In the Balance: Connecting Mind, Body & Heart

I feel lucky and blessed to have such a brilliant and fantastic team for In the Balance which is comprised of Walker Vreeland, my producer, mentor, and an incredible podcast host himself; Taryn Kennedy, my Associate Producer and Director of Online Media; and Megan Rose, the beautiful writer, editor, blogger, and support.

Taryn and I started brainstorming awhile back: what would it be like if we started to develop a mini-series on In the Balance that Taryn herself might host? I confess, it was my idea at first, and it was my idea because I find Taryn to be thoughtful, imaginative, creative, and full of emotional intelligence that is moving and evolving every day. Taryn not only supports In the Balance but is a formidable force in everything that we strive to do with this podcast - which is to reach many diverse groups of people with the notion that everything we do is somehow connecting us with ourselves and other people. Taryn makes our newsletters ring and shine, she created a website that gives you not only information about our guests and what we do, but resonates with clarity and humanity, and heart. As a collaborator, Taryn is supportive, yet has her own point of view. Taryn is resourceful, always thinking about what is going to work for people both creatively and logistically, and she is curious and a high level thinker in every way.

So I am thrilled to say that “Gut Reaction” is the first of many mini-episodes that Taryn will be hosting on In the Balance. Keep a look out and have a listen whenever you see her name.” ~ Susan 

Creating a Healing Path: Changing How We Think About Pain with Evelyn Hecht

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Evelyn Hecht sheds light on pain: What is it and what can we do about it? She explains the difference between initial pain and chronic pain, and how we can retrain our brain to develop different patterns of response, thereby creating a path toward pain healing, a big step beyond pain management.

In her book "re.lieve: Solutions for Chronic Pain," Evelyn lays out simple tools, such as sleep, diaphragmatic breathing, and stretching exercises to help you take charge of your pain healing. “Listen to your symptoms, don’t fight them, have positive thoughts!”

Evelyn believes each person has the inner skills to create a healing path. “What are you saying to yourself about your pain?” she asks. How we answer that question can tell us much about how we relate to our pain and what we can do to change it.


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Evelyn Hecht

Evelyn Hecht, PT ATC, is the owner of EMH Physical Therapy, specializing in pelvic floor & spine and all chronic pain for over 25 years.  She designed the pelvic health course for both NYU and Stony Brook University’s Department of Physical Therapy and taught  for 7 years.  

In 2014 she designed and launched an app, PelvicTrack, currently free on iTunes store, to help anyone suffering with pelvic floor dysfunction learn some basic exercises and track symptoms.

In 2017 she authored an e-book: “re.lieve: solution for chronic pain, self-help program” based on the modern science of pain with a guided self-help program to guide people suffering with chronic pain on their healing journey.

She earned her BS in Physical Education with a minor in Athletic Training from Brooklyn College and received her BS in Physical Therapy from Hunter College).

Check out EMH's website, Facebook, and YouTube channel for more information or to work with her in New York City!

Download PelvicTrack here!

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Fit Mind, Fit Body, Fit Spirit: With Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor Lou Ritter

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Lou Ritter is a group fitness instructor and personal trainer in NYC. She was initially drawn to fitness in childhood, where she was “overweight and nerdy” and therefore ostracized at those sensitive crucial ages when kids can be especially mean. In wanting to feel better about herself, to feel lighter, she took up dancing and singing and discovered she loved the feeling of creating art with her body. And she discovered she loved being able to help other people get fit and strong so they could have the energy and the body to do whatever they wanted in their life. An enthusiastic natural teacher was born!

Lou shares her perspective on fitness, injury prevention, self care, the class vs. the private experience; she has a wealth of knowledge and wisdom gained from working with all kinds of people and all kinds of bodies. “The body is the fundamental springboard for everything we do,” Lou tells us, “Fitness is holistic - mind, body and spirit - the Whole Being comes together so you can experience life in the fullest way possible.” And Lou is here to help us get on track to do that!


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Lou Ritter

 Lou Ritter is a group fitness instructor and personal trainer in New York City. Her perspective on fitness:  "Working out is one of the fundamental things we do to take care of ourselves. You can create a body you feel good in. A strong, healthy body enhances your connection to yourself and gives you the energy to pursue your passions and everything you want to do.

     I spend a lot of time in gyms, and I see all these people spending considerable time and effort to try to get in shape, but so often they're using exercises or training strategies that are not that effective, sometimes not even safe. One of my biggest goals as a trainer and instructor is to design workouts that are going to be tough, but extremely productive, balanced, and ergonomically sound.

And fun!! It's so exciting that we can do this; we can get ourselves in shape.

   Then ideally, you take what's healthy - physically and emotionally, make it a habit, and you're primed to experience life with all systems go!"

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Activated & Present: A Fresh Perspective on Mindfulness Training with Paul Pitsaras

Our guest Paul Pitsaras (right), and Mitesh Raniga (left): cofounders of The Open Mind Institute

Our guest Paul Pitsaras (right), and Mitesh Raniga (left): cofounders of The Open Mind Institute

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Coming to us from Brisbane Australia with good news about mindfulness is Paul Pitsaras of TOMI (The Open Mind Institute). "ACTIVATE YOUR POTENTIAL" is the slogan and a passion for self-development and helping others is the fuel that set Paul and his partner Mitesh Raniga on the road to create TOMI.

A lot of people are entrapped, stressed out, bombarded by technology and a world of instant gratification, their potential out of reach, or simply forgotten. TOMI wants to bring people the mental tools to help! Using core techniques such as critical thinking, mindfulness practice, resilience, emotional intelligence, metacognition and attention control, TOMI offers workshops, one-on-ones and Skype sessions.

Paul reminds us that mindfulness has now been scientifically proven to be effective, and it’s been in use for thousands of years. So between science and ancient history how can you not give it a try?


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Paul Pitsaras

Paul completed double Bachelor degrees in Law and International Business in Brisbane before moving to London where he completed a legal practice diploma at the College of Law. Whilst in the UK, Paul was employed by a leading Chambers UK law firm where he was assigned to a number of high profile/ cost cases at trial across various jurisdictions.

Paul was admitted to practice in NSW in 2006 and has since held posts at the DPP, a number of reputable private practice firms in Melbourne and Brisbane (specialising in criminal & civil litigation) and a further 7 year post as a senior lawyer at the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, where he recurrently appeared across all Courts advocating on behalf of his clients.

In early 2014 Paul moved back to Brisbane returning to private practice as a senior civil litigation lawyer where he appeared in the Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts on a frequent basis. In his tenure as a lawyer Paul has managed and mentored junior lawyers and run training seminars and workshops to members of the profession, university students and bail justices.

In 2016 Paul co-founded The Open Mind Institute (TOMI) with a colleague from law school in light of their passion for bringing out the best in others. TOMI delivers presentations, workshops, one-on-one coaching and cutting-edge mental training (i.e. critical thinking, resilience, mindfulness, leadership & management training) to non-for-profits, educational institutions and professional services firms.

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Journey to Gratitude with Walker Vreeland

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Walker Vreeland is an award-winning monologist and radio personality, actor, singer, voice over artist and producer of In the Balance. In this final episode of the year, Susan invites Walker to sit in the interview chair for a conversation about gratitude. Starting with his ‘out of the blue’ cancer diagnosis last year, subsequent surgery, and recovery he takes us backward in time - through a  major breakup and mental breakdown in his 20’s - all of which gave him the opportunity to create a grateful spirit. With humor and open-heartedness, he shares the gifts of a journey that taught him to make peace with what life hands him, to practice gratitude for what’s inside, to cultivate self-compassion. His parting insight for us as 2017 comes to a close:  “We are all flailing through the universe - no one is in control of anything - look at your own life and use it as a template because everything you need to know you’ve already lived, and if haven’t, you will.” 


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“I think in order to practice gratitude in the world, one of the first steps is to make your peace…with yourself and what life has handed you.”

Walker Vreeland

Walker Vreeland is an award-winning monologist and radio personality, producer, writer, actor, singer and voice over artist. As a radio personality, he is best known for having hosted The Afternoon Show on 102.5 WBAZ-FM on Long Island, and as the creator and host of the successful podcast Interview with the Artist where he has interviewed such stars as Cyndi Lauper, Joy Behar, Betty Buckley, David Brenner, Sally Struthers, James Frey, Paula Poundstone, Cheech Marin, Sandra Bernhard and Jane Krakowski. He’s also been heard on 92.9 & 96.9 WEHM on Long Island, 103.9 WFAS in Westchester, NY, 96.7 ‘The Coast’ in Norwalk, CT and WEBE 108 in Bridgeport, CT.

As an actor and singer, Walker has worked extensively in theater, film and television. Off-Broadway credits include: FROM SHIP TO SHAPE (2017 United Solo Awards for Best One-Man Musical and Best Direction of a Musical for Milton Justice). Other New York theater credits include: Little Women (with Deborah Gibson & Elaine Stritch), ErostratusJust So Stories (Theaterworks USA), and the award-winning musical revue Our Life & Times (Winner of 1999 MAC and Bistro Awards). Regional Theater Credits: FROM SHIP TO SHAPE (Bay Street Theatre), Arthur in Arthur’s Christmas (The Vineyard Playhouse), Have a Nice Day (Theater Barn), Zombie Prom (Theater Barn). Touring: Just So StoriesPhantom of the OperaA Christmas Carol. 

He’s been seen on MTV, VH1, CBS Daytime (Guiding Light) and his films include: Sex Farce, Thinking Out Loud, and A Beautiful Mind. He is a graduate of Walnut Hill School for the Arts, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and Connecticut School of Broadcasting. Walker was voted #1 Personality in the Hamptons of 2013, 2014 and 2015 (Platinum Award) by Dan's Papers.

"Claim Your Calm": Francine Steadman & BuddhaBooth

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Francine Steadman, founder and CEO of BuddhaBooth, has been an entrepreneur ever since she was 14 and her parents stopped giving her an allowance. She immediately took action and a “little” office and house cleaning business was born - her first! She has never looked back. Her latest business, BuddhaBooth, is an actual booth that is portable, soundproof and upholstered; it stops vibrations, which alleviates the senses, providing a sensory safe quiet space to have a moment, take a breath, and just be. The tag line is ‘claim your calm’ and business is booming! Francine has wonderful practical advice for women already in business ventures and for those dreaming of it but afraid to take the first step. “Use guided visualizations and your imagination - actually see yourself step into the role of Founder/CEO,” she tells us. “Have courage and conviction to pursue your soul’s work.”


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Francine Steadman 

Francine is an innovative lifestyle guru. As a serial entrepreneur, prior to founding BuddhaBooth, she spent her time consulting and developing business for international companies such as La Playa Insurance and Source-Lifestyle, as well as nurturing her line of eco-friendly artisan packaging, Fabrilopes. She is perpetually inspired by her diverse clients and loves navigating the ins and outs of the art world.

  She is currently thrilled to be a founding member of the Centre for Social Innovation's Women's Lab "Founding 40" as she combines her mission of bringing quiet spaces to noisy places with a focus on helping survivors of domestic violence and sexual crimes find peace and quiet through meditation. She is committed to growing her company by offering opportunities to those who have been previously incarcerated and have shown an effort in building careers in furniture making or other areas that support the production and social mission of BuddhaBooth.

Francine’s soul work is embedded in her not-for-profit organization, Art and Soul New York, which provides a platform for individuals to heal their spirit by way of painting, drawing, writing, meditation, yoga, reiki, and other holistic healing modalities.

Originally from Los Angeles, she's lived in Olympia, WA, Cleveland, OH, and has been living in New York since 2005. Her greatest joy is being a Mom to three amazing children and sharing a rich, meaningful and loving life with them.

Learn more about Buddha Booth on their website!

Teaching from Heart & Soul Episode 2: Karen Oster & David McCarty

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Meet Karen and David, teachers who know how to play, and believe teaching begins by creating the space for exploration and deep enquiry through kindness and nurturing support.   

From the very beginning ‘Teacher’ was written in Karen’s future - she always felt a strong connection to other people, wanting to bring the best out of them. It was 9/11 that caused her to question her focus as a performer and ultimately shifted her into the rich and rewarding world of teaching. She is a hands on co-collaborator with her students: “We’re all playing in the same sand box!” Her tools of creativity and curiosity help bring a student’s voice front and center by giving room to explore the undiscovered aspects of themselves - the results can be surprising and joyous, challenging and life changing.  

David really enjoys teaching! He realized long ago the value of remaining open to receive the learning inherent in the act of teaching. “To teach is to learn twice” was the mantra of his mentor, and he has come to know this as a deep truth. He offers kindness and love of the art form, creating a bridge which opens up and expands to help others fulfil their dreams of becoming an artist. He knows from his creative endeavors that liberating your own voice can be an awesome thing - bringing exhilaration and joy - and he knows the courage it takes to find the deep well of who you really are, and go for it.


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Karen Oster

KAREN OSTER, has a BFA from The Boston Conservatory in Musical Theatre and Directing and an M.Ed from Cambridge College. She has facilitated, directed and coordinated the performances and involvement of young cast members in numerous productions including the Broadway/ National tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Paul Simon’s The Capeman on Broadway with Marc Anthony. Karen is a professional musician and actress as well, having performed throughout the country in various productions and studied with well known cabaret artists. Karen’s adaptation of The King and I is currently licensed for performance throughout the country as Getting to know… The King and I. She has also directed and produced the revival of The Baker’s Wife with composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz Karen is currently the Chair of Performing Arts at Middlesex Community College in Massachusetts and is pursuing her PH.D at Lesley University in Education and Theatre.


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David McCarty

David McCarty has directed and choreographed in the fields of Musical Theater , Opera and Dance for over 30 years and is currently a principal teacher and the Director of School Productions at the Academy of Performing Arts in Orleans, Ma.

As stage director in Opera, past productions include Faust with Cleveland Opera, Madame Butterfly with Syracuse Opera, The Elixer of Love with Indianapolis Opera, and The Merry Widow with Opera Providence. As Producing Artistic Director of Cape Cod Opera his productions include Cav/Pag, Carmen, Tosca, Cosi fan tutte, The Merry Widow, Die Fledermaus, and Don Pasquale.

 

 

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Teaching from Heart & Soul, Episode 1: Bill Fennelly & Sue Ellen Kuzma

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Bill teaches in the world of acting and Sue Ellen teaches in the world of singing: Both teach voice.

Bill came to teaching as a way to positively impact the world while continuing to do his own creative work in the theatre. He found he could bring the creative and the scientific together through open-hearted teaching. He encourages his students to bring all their senses into the study of craft and technique by creating a safe, challenging, and nurturing environment where everyone grows as an artist, himself included!

Sue Ellen came to teaching initially as an economic necessity, that necessity quickly giving way to become the “essential river that I walk in.” The epic journey of finding one’s musical voice, the bravery of continuing to show up and commit to the work of the lessons, the centered focus on the breath and the sound that comes out, the joy of watching the engagement of love when people come into song - all this and more make up the flowing river that Sue Ellen calls teaching.  “It’s all in how you love it,” she says. “It can change your life.”


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Bill Fennelly

Bill Fennelly’s work has been seen on Broadway, Off Broadway and regionally. Director Fly By Night (Bay Area Critics Circle Award nomination for Best Direction), Frankenstein the musical Off Broadway, A Christmas Carolfeaturing F. Murray Abraham and Lynn Redgrave, Original Assistant Director Jersey Boys, Resident Director The Lion King, staff director with New York City Opera at Lincoln Center, Phil Killian Directing Fellow at Oregon Shakespeare Festival as well as projects at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Syracuse Stage Company, Dallas Theater Center, TheatreWorks Palo Alto, Playwrights Horizons, Hartford Stage Company, Goodspeed Opera House, Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout Theatre Company, Portland Center Stage Company, Arizona Theatre Company, Fords Theatre, The Alliance Theatre, Glimmerglass Opera, American Musical Theatre Project, National Alliance of Musical Theatre, and Walnut Street Theatre among others. Associate Producing Artistic Director of The Acting Company and Assistant Artistic Director at Cirque du Soleil. B.M. from the Hartt School and an M.F.A. in Directing from U.C.S.D. Bill is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Drexel University in Philadelphia.


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Sue Ellen Kuzma

SUE ELLEN KUZMA grew up in upstate New York. Her professional life as an actress and singer - opera, recitals, directing - took her to Europe, where she sang in Mozart's Da Ponte operas with director Peter Sellars, as well as leading roles in US opera companies (Miami, Boston, Portland). She was a
member of the Proposition Theater and taught for many years at Trinity-Brown Conservatory. She resides in Natick, where she maintains a voice studio. Her first book of poems "Aroused Angel" has just been published.

 

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The Reverberation of Loss: Dr. Pilar Jennings on How to deal with loss during the holidays

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This conversation with Dr. Pilar Jennings, a long time Buddhist practitioner and psychoanalyst, arrives just in time for the holidays. During this season of giving and receiving, connection and celebration, it is entirely normal that current and prior losses are bubbling up. For some this can be an extremely difficult time because our fantasies are not jiving with our reality - making us particularly vulnerable to feeling isolated and lonely. “Be tender with yourself and find the people, the places where you feel well received, where you feel cared for and seen.” She reminds us that the psyche pushes for wellness, wanting to find some deep resource internally that can facilitate the healing we all want and need. From her Buddhist practice she offers this perspective - healing from loss can be helped through mindfulness and a spiritual practice that allows for what we find.


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Dr. Pilar Jennings

 

Pilar Jennings, PhD, is a psychoanalyst in private practice with a focus on the clinical applications of Buddhist meditation.  She has been working with patients and their families through the Harlem Family Institute since 2004. A visiting lecturer at Union Theological Seminary, and a guest lecturer at Columbia University, she is the author of Mixing Minds: The Power of Relationship in Psychoanalysis and Buddhism.

 

Find out more about Pilar and her work on her website

 

Deb Flashenberg on Becoming Alive: Being Seen, Heard, Understood & Supported During the Birthing Process

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For all expectant women, for partners, friends, families and co-workers of expectant women, and for those who will be expecting in the future, you need to listen to Debra Flashenberg and Susan’s conversation on birthing. Debra founded and runs the Prenatal Yoga Center on the core belief that “we need to empower women to take an active role in their birth so they can emerge feeling heard, seen, understood and supported.” The common fears surrounding childbirth range from being out of control and vulnerable to - Is my baby going to be okay? Am I doing this birthing thing right? The antidote to allay the myriad fears surrounding childbirth is getting evidence based information from accredited hospitals and centers like Debra’s. With this information you now have a solid foundation and can begin to build the right team (your “birth posse”) for the birth you want - so when the time comes you can have a birth experience where you trust your own body and have confidence in your health care provider and birthing partners to give you the nurturing and support you need.


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Deb Flashenberg

CD(DONA), LCCE, E-RYT 500, RPYT & Director of the Prenatal Yoga Center 

Deb is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music with a degree in Musical Theater. She has spent most of her life performing and was introduced to yoga through a choreographer in 1997. After several years as a yoga student, she decided to continue her education and became certified as a Bikram Yoga instructor. In 2001 Deb headed out to Seattle to study with renowned prenatal yoga teacher Colette Crawford, R.N., at the Seattle Holistic Center. Deb has received certification for Vinyasa Yoga from Shiva Rea as well as completed the OM Yoga advanced teacher training with Cyndi Lee in 2004. Deb has also studied the Maternal Fitness Method with Julie Tupler. Deb currently studies with Cyndi Lee, Genevieve Kapular, and Carrie Owerko.

After being witness to several “typical” hospital births, Deb felt it was important to move beyond the yoga room and be present in the birthing room. In 2003, Debattended her first birth as a DONA certified labor support doula. In that short period of time, Deb has attended about 100 births. She is continuously in awe of the beauty and brilliance of birth.

In 2006, Deb received her certification as a Lamaze® Certified Childbirth Educator. In September of 2007, Deb completed a Midwife Assistant Program with Ina May Gaskin, Pamela Hunt and many of the other Farm Midwives at The Farm Midwifery Center in Tennessee.

 

Deb is a regular contributor to New York Family Magazine and Mommybites as Birth and Prenatal Yoga Expert and has been published in the book, Doulas (chapter 7!) Midwifery Today, Doula International, The Lamaze International Blog, Birthing With Confidence among many others.  In April 2016, Deb had the honor of being a presenter at the Yoga Journal Live New York Conference.

 

Deb’s most recent undertaking is her podcast, Yoga| Birth | Babies.  Deb has had the incredible pleasure speaking with and learning from some of the birth business’s most influential and respected speakers, Deborah Pascalli-Bonero, Dr Sarah Buckley and Farm Midwife, Deborah Flowers.


Drawing on her experience as a prenatal yoga teacher, labor support doula, childbirth educator and mother, Deb looks to establish a safe, effective and empowering class for pregnancy and beyond. Deb is the proud (and tired!) mother of her son Shay and daughter Sage.

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Love is Everyone's Thread with Paul Weinfield

Photo credit: Syrie Moskowitz

Photo credit: Syrie Moskowitz

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The Beatles sang "All You Need Is Love" and Tina Turner responded with "What’s Love Got To Do With It?" And before and after and in between a myriad of others have written, preached and sung about love. Love. The hardest word in the world to define, pin down, unpack, or explain. Yet somehow Paul Weinfield manages to help us think about love in a fresh way ~ A call. An action. Love is what we do. Try this. Walk into a building with love. Even thinking about that might make you smile. Feel the word love, say it softly to yourself. What you say to yourself matters. Try it!  


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Photo credit: Syrie Moskowitz

Photo credit: Syrie Moskowitz

 

Paul Weinfeld

 

Paul Weinfield is a musician, poet, and meditation teacher. No Depression Magazine has hailed his unique fusion of words and melodies as being "unafraid of music boundaries." Paul recently finished a book about meditation in daily life called "The Magpie Art: Gathering the Brightness of Every Day" (Green Writer's Press, forthcoming) and a rock opera about childhood and impermanence called Fairytales For the Fatherless. He lives, performs, and teaches in New York City.


The Core of Love and Joy with Jett Psaris

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Jett Psaris describes "Undefended Love" as knowing oneself and another simultaneously without obstruction. When we fall in love we glimpse the essence of ourself and experience the inner core of our being as goodness, joy, love and peace. “Intimacy is a spiritual practice,” she tells us, “love is one of the most potent ways for our journey to be initiated.” Life gives us a choice. Do we defend against and reject our experience - or - do we accept our vulnerability and let it be the source of guidance? She believes sustained and evolving intimacy is possible. We can recognize that love is the universal solvent to growing who we are: in our ability to care for one another, and our ability to be who we glimpsed when we fell in love.


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Jett Psaris

Jett Psaris’ work is about helping others transform psychologically, deepen spiritually, and cultivate soulfulness in every aspect of life.

She is the co-author of Undefended Love, a Nautilus Award finalist for its “distinguished contribution to conscious living and positive change;” Undefended Love has enjoyed a 5 star rating on Amazon.com for most of the past 17 years.

She has also authored a popular online course about the transformative stages of midlife entitled Taking the Midlife Leap, One Step at a Time. Most recently, Jett has published Hidden Blessings: Midlife Crisis as a Spiritual Awakening, a book that Patricia Holt, former book critic with the San Francisco Chronicle, writes is the “best book on midlife” she’s ever reviewed.


 

Love Is A Spiritual Path: From Personal Love to True Love with Polly Young-Eisendrath

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The formula for love and marriage in the 21st Century has evolved from Romantic Love to Personal Love - love has been taken out of the demands of tradition, arranged marriages, family and tribal affiliations - we can now get married based on personal love, choosing anyone we want. Polly Young Eisendrath describes this new intimate relationship as one with no hierarchy, based on mutual respect and reciprocity, with each partner becoming a life-long friend and witness to the other. But as she explains, this shift has made love and marriage so much more difficult. There is good news though - we are now being given an opportunity to evolve spiritually and psychologically, and we must rise to this challenge if we want to be okay in our relationships, if we want to experience True Love.  “Love is a spiritual path,” she says, “It requires skill and sacrifice.”


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Find out more from Polly's website

 https://young-eisendrath.com/

Polly Young-Eisendrath

POLLY YOUNG-EISENDRATH, Ph.D., is a Jungian Psychoanalyst, Psychologist, author, and speaker. She is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Vermont, founding faculty at the Vermont Institute for the Psychotherapies, and past president of the Vermont Association for Psychoanalytic Studies. She is in independent practice with individuals and couples in central Vermont. Polly is the originator of Dialogue Therapy, a time-limited couple therapy that integrates psychoanalysis and mindfulness and helps couples move from disillusionment to intimacy.

Polly is the author of fifteen books, as well as many chapters and articles. Her books have been translated into more than twenty languages.  Her most recent works are The Present Heart: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Discovery (Rodale, 2014); The Self-Esteem Trap: Raising Confident and Compassionate Kids in an Age of Self-Importance (Little, Brown, 2008); and The Cambridge Companion to Jung: New and Revised, of which she is co-editor with Terence Dawson (Cambridge University Press, 2008). In 2018, Shambhala Publications will publish True Love Ways: Relationship as Psycho-Spiritual Development, Polly’s new book which sets out the principles of Dialogue Therapy for a general audience.


 

Abandoning the Tightrope: Creating and Living the Work/Life Balance

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Nick, Ryan, Kim and Jasmine enter into a lively and informative discussion on the various ways they create and live their work/life balance. From color coordinated calendars to being spontaneous depending on where the mood takes you - they all agree that this is an ever changing and highly challenging balancing act that you figure out as you evolve - learning what works for you. Join them as they delve into the soup of creativity, self-care, over scheduling, independence, relationships, money, success and what brings daily joy.


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Jazmin Williams

Jazmin Williams is an Actress and Writer, born and raised in New York City. After graduating from SUNY Fredonia’s Acting program with a degree in Fine Arts, she moved back home to Brooklyn to begin her professional career. 

Jazmin is currently working on creating new projects to showcase her own storytelling abilities, as well as those of her friends and fellow women of color, and is honing her craft under the tutelage of acting coach Anthony Abeson. 

Past theatre credits include Aricia in Jean Racine's "Phèdre", Rose in August Wilson’s “Fences” and Arena in “Upon A Thicket Throne”. Film credits include "Hathie", The Ghost of Hollow Hills" and "Cleaning Up The Dirt".

 

For upcoming projects/updates please visit JazminWilliamsNYC.com!


Nick Demos

Nick Demos is an award winning director, TONY Award-winning producer, writer and creativity expert. He is in post-production for the documentary Invisible,  and in production for the documentary Body Electric. He is also co-writing the book for the new musical Siddhartha. This spring he will direct Julia Cameron’snew play Animal in the Trees, Off-Broadway.

His company, Demos Bizar Entertainment is currently co- producing Come From Away on Broadway. Formerly he was the Artistic Director of Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma where he was honored as a “Living Treasure of the State” for his contribution to the arts and named “Top Business Achiever Under 40” by the Journal Record newspaper. 

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A 1000 hr Hathavidya, EYRT-500 hr yoga teacher, Nick is the executive director and leads artist retreats through the non-profit, One  Company. He teaches in yoga teacher training programs for Three Sisters Yoga and Hathavidya and leads seminars, workshops and private coaching in wellness, mindfulness and the art of creativity. 

Follow Nick on twitter @NickDemos

 Instagram @TheNickDemos
 

www.NickDemos.net


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Find out more about Kim at

 www.kdsherman.com

Or listen to some of her music clips: https://soundcloud.com/kdsherman

Kim Sherman

KIM D. SHERMAN is a composer who enjoys composing for the concert stage as well as the theater, opera and film. Her music has been described as “rhapsodic and lush” as well as “craggy and leap-about.”  She embraces lyricism and dissonance as equal partners in conveying dramatic musical landscapes. 

Currently under construction is her opera ADA, the spectacular story of computer pioneer Ada Lovelace. SUMMER, 1976 a song cycle for lyric baritone and string quartet was premiered at The Opera Center in New York City in 2016.  SONG OF SONGS, for strings, harp and soprano was premiered in 2004 by San José Chamber Orchestra and soprano Allison Charney. GRAVESIDE, her a cappella choral work, was recorded by Musica Sacra and has been performed throughout the US and Europe. On Broadway, she wrote incidental music for I HATE HAMLET. She has written incidental music for many productions of Shakespeare plays in regional theaters throughout the United States.


 

Ryan Lemere

 

Ryan LeMere (ryanlemere.com) is a visual artist, creator director, and founder of Aligned Magazine, a yoga lifestyle journal. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

 

 

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The Gift of Bearing Witness: Trauma Treatment at its core with Mary Bromley

 

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Mary Bromley is wise, warm, creative, funny and whip smart - grounded in good instincts honed over the forty years she has worked as a therapist with trauma survivors, as well as a diverse client population of adults and children and adolescents.

In this conversation she helps us understand the wide spectrum trauma can fall on - from car accidents to natural disasters, mass shootings to sexual assaults; and that individual responses to trauma are unique to each person. There is no one way to heal trauma, she explains, there is only finding the right fit for you.

Her way is talk therapy, which she describes as a “Loving Contract:” being a witness to the trauma and then helping her clients become free of it, teaching them to be present and mindful now that the trauma is over, helping them to feel strong and empowered. Deep Listening, “Whatever you have to say to me is not going to make me afraid, I will be right here,” and Witnessing, “I’m the witness you never had,” are the cornerstones to her practice.


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Mary with Katie Beers

Mary Bromley

 Mary is a Psychotherapist and Clinical Social Worker with 35 years of experience.  She has worked at The Post Graduate Center for Mental Health,  St. Vincent's Hospital (Rape Crisis Treatment Center & the Adolescent Clinic ), The Ross School, and the East Hampton Town Police Department.  Mary co-founded "The Retreat," the only domestic violence center on the East End of Long Island.  She has a private practice where she deals primarily with anxiety and depressive disorders. She treats adolescents, adults and families.  She also continues to work as a consultant for the East Hampton Town Police Department Detective Squad for sexual abuse and crisis intervention situations. Her philosophy of practice is "mindfulness" or cognitive behavioral therapy to address issues of trauma, post-traumatic stress and anxiety.

Read more about Mary in an article from the East Hampton Star

Anneke Lucas & Liberation Prison Yoga: A Spiritual Revolution

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Thirty years after escaping from a child sex trafficking network in Belgium -  Anneke Lucas has arrived triumphant and whole, compassionate and hopeful. Her voice is brave and honest as she speaks about her years trapped in the dark underbelly of the world’s power society, the lethal residue of shame and guilt, the techniques the body and mind take on to survive. Her long healing journey has delivered her into a place of action and a clear-eyed, hard won understanding of the tied lineage between abusers and abused. To give herself “a purpose in dark times” Anneke created Liberation Prison Yoga - a program that takes trained teachers of trauma-conscious yoga, meditation and mindfulness into prisons, altering the form of the class to create a safe setting that encourages mind/body/heart integration. “Our work is to remain humble, to share from the heart, we are not there to fix people,” Anneke says, adding “When I was in the network I always wanted somebody to come in and give me hope ~ I wished that someone from the outside would have come in and said ~ ‘I know where you are, I know it’s hard, but here’s hope ~ because I’ve been there and I’m out.’” This is her clarion call; through her story and her actions she is giving hope to others, and in response hearts are opening with sweet love and genuine gratitude. A spiritual revolution indeed.


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Anneke Lucas

“If you’re a survivor, I just want to acknowledge that you are a pioneer, brave beyond words, and I would like to encourage you to recognize this and be extremely kind to yourself, because you are walking this path not just for you today, but for the future of humanity.”
— Anneke Lucas

Anneke Lucas founded Liberation Prison Yoga in 2014. As a survivor of child sex trafficking and extreme violence, she used elements of her own healing journey to develop programs based on how she would have wished to be treated in her young adult life. A close analysis of those people who were able to get through to her when she was shut down by trauma forms the cornerstone of LPY’s philosophy – for Liberation teachers to become those people; aware and unconditionally present for their students.


Anneke is an advocate for sex trafficking survivors and also speaks on the subject. She is writing a book about her healing journey, Seeds Beneath the Snow: Post Traumatic Growth and Purpose in Dark Times represented by Sam Hiyate at The Rights Factory.

Read more about Anneke's story on her website and learn more about Liberation Prison Yoga here!
 


Anneke was sold into a murderous paedophile network in Belgium when she was only six years old. She was being abused and tortured to serving as a sex slave to European elite. In her talk she openly speaks about her healing journey, what is tried to be highly covered and promotes the awareness of this often-unseen topic.

Rebecca Street: HoldinG A Healing Space

How To Help Survivors Of Sexual Abuse

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The silence that surrounds sexual abuse and assault keeps survivors mute, isolated and in the shadows, forcing them into deeper cycles of trauma, shame and self-blame. It also protects and absolves their perpetrators. Silence is one of the biggest obstacles to stopping this taboo epidemic. Finding very few books to help chart a way through these rough waters, Rebecca Street felt called to act. A sexual abuse survivor herself, it took Rebecca ten courageous years to write You Can Help. She began by asking difficult and vital questions, such as: “How can we come together to bring light to this darkness? How can we end this taboo?” She invited other survivors to share their stories and gives practical tips for helping - such as words one can use to open the door and encourage the secrets to be brought into the light and shared. “Healing,” she notes, “doesn’t take place in a vacuum. We need others to participate.” Her gentle and infinitely compassionate book gives us a way to begin the conversation and find the path to healing that will help the women, men, teenagers, young adults and children that are suffering from the trauma of sexual abuse.

 


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REBECCA STREET

REBECCA STREET is a New York based TV, stage, and film actor. She lived in Los Angeles for twenty-four years where she raised her children and worked in TV and film. Though she has performed in many TV episodics, films, and commercials, she is perhaps best known for her 2 year portrayal of a woman with AIDS on “The Young & Restless." NY credits include HBO’s “Mildred Pierce,” "House of Cards," and playing Mary Tyrone in "Long Day’s Journey into Night" Off Broadway. In 2017 fshe was eatured in the new Gore Verbinski film, "A Cure for Wellness," which she shot in Berlin. 


Rebecca is an incest survivor, having experienced 15 years of sexual abuse by her biological father. She is grateful that her journey to recovery has finally brought her to a place where she can be a public advocate for the many others who have suffered sexual trauma, and do so without shame. Hence, You Can Help: A Guide for Family and Friends of Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Assault.  She has addressed both lay people and professionals at a variety of venues on the ramifications of sexual trauma and methods for facilitating recovery, including the NY State Office of Mental Health, the University of CA. Santa Barbara, Juilliard, and the Fordham Graduate School of Social Work.  This Fall, Rebecca is offering a free 6 week online healing program designed specifically for survivors, entitled YOU ARE NOT ALONE.   

 

www.youcanhelpsurvivors.com


Praise for

You Can Help

 

"Rebecca Street’s book, You Can Help offers a miraculous blend of compassion and pragmatic advice about how to help survivors of abuse. Ms. Street shows great bravery and understanding as she explains her own journey from abuse to healing, and shares the knowledge she has distilled from it. She offers her expertise with a gentle directness that should ease the way for anyone struggling to comfort a loved one who has been subjected to violence. My research on adult development has taught me that the problem of abuse is widespread and profound. I hope this book reaches as many individuals as possible; it has great potential to speed the healing process."

— CONNIE GERSICK, Ph.D 
Faculty Co-Founder, UCLA Women’s Leadership Institute
Visiting Scholar, Yale School of Management
Senior Research Associate, Lansberg, Gersick and Associates, New Haven, CT.

 

"Rebecca Street’s courageous, sensitive and well-written book, You Can Help is a much needed resource for educating and empowering survivors, their friends and family members, and the professionals who work with them. As a psychotherapist and social worker for over 20 years, sadly I have seen far too many people affected by sexual trauma, and I wish that I could have given this book to every single one of them."

— MARTHA E. MILLER, LCSW 
Psychotherapist
Stress Resilience Educator and Consultant
Private Practice, New York, N.Y.

 

"Rebecca Street’s book, You Can Help is a great resource for family and friends of victims of sexual trauma as well as for the victims themselves. The author recounts her own story of recovery while providing hope, encouragement, and practical tips for those wishing to participate in the healing of a loved one who has been victimized. Street takes it a step farther by including stories from a wide range of other sexual abuse and assault survivors who share moving first-person examples of their own journeys to recovery."

— KIRK RAY SMITH, MS 
Former President & CEO
YMCA
Greater Springfield, MA.

 

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Purchase You Can Help on Amazon or Create Space!

If you have experienced trauma, you are not alone!


Please contact Susan for help if you are a trauma survivor and want specialized treatment. Fees are negotiable.

 

 

Some additional resources:

RAINN: The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network
RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline and carries out programs to prevent sexual assault, help victims, and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.

Darkness to Light: End Child Sex Abuse
Darkness to Light is an advocacy organization that educates adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to the reality of child sexual abuse.

CARRYING THE LEGACY OF INHERITED TRAUMA INTO THE LIGHT With Elizabeth Rosner

 Elizabeth Rosner on her story & new book: Survivor Cafe

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In her profound and poetically written non-fiction book Survivor Cafe, Elizabeth Rosner explores intergenerational atrocity, trauma and memory, linking both the personal experience and the collective responsibility. In this conversation she reveals how directly and indirectly her parent’s (Holocaust survivors) trauma shaped the human being she became; physically, emotionally and psychologically; how she came to understand that she always did and always will carry the aftermath of their trauma within her; that it wasn’t as simple as her often given explanation when she was a child of being “too sensitive.” She asks “How does atrocity defy memory and simultaneously demand to be remembered?” She explores how sense memory is carried forward - especially in where and how we feel safe - pointing out places, among trees in a woods for instance, where some feel safe and at peace while others feel afraid and unsafe. Her book is ultimately a call to action, weaving atrocities from the enslavement of Africans, to the genocide of Native Americans, from the Holocaust, to the dropping of the atom bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. She is asking us “to step up and be responsible, to actively own up to the darkness of the past and say we are committed to do this differently now” - in the hopes that our capacity for empathy will grow from acknowledging, remembering and connecting with others as we circumnavigate this sea of suffering.

 


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Photo credit: Judy Dater

 

ELIZABETH ROSNER

 

Elizabeth Rosner is the author of three novels and a poetry collection. The Speed of Light was translated into nine languages and won several awards in the US and in Europe, including being shortlisted for the prestigious Prix Femina. Blue Nude was named among the best books of 2006 by the San Francisco ChronicleElectric City was named among the best books of 2014 by NPR. Her essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times MagazineElle, the San Francisco Chronicle, and others. She lives in Berkeley.

Learn more at elizabethrosner.com.

Buy Survivor Cafe: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labryrinth of Memory here.

 

Marc Zegans: The Creativity Whisperer

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Photo credit: Mark Hanford

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Marc Zegans is a living embodiment of the creative life. He lives it in his commitment to his writing life as a poet, in his consulting work with artists, writers, and musicians, and in his deep and profound knowledge of the many paths that can lead to a happy expression of who we are as creative beings.

Marc gets to the heart of many questions - What does it mean to live a creative life? How do you work through the challenges of that over the long run? How do you shape and maintain a creative identity that changes as you grow? He believes that to do his work with artists you have to have “some skin in the game” so he brings his whole self to the table, is open and willing to learn and be surprised. “Sometimes I lead the way, sometimes you lead the way, sometimes we walk hand in hand together.”

“Creativity keeps us curious,” he says, “it teaches us to be humble, it transforms self doubt, it takes us out of our heads and into our bodies and opens a channel to take something out into the world and grow by that experience.” Equally important is to have fun, laugh at our mistakes, and be silly! Practice relaxed alertness and discover dynamic balance. Marc encourages us to play and dance with the Muses - let them give us the courage to travel outside of the norm and find our passion.


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Photo credit: Meri Jenkins

Marc ZeganS

 

"Marc is the muse to the muse." ~ Jennifer Greer, singer-songwriter & recording artist

 

Marc Zegans is a creative development advisor who helps artists, writers and creative people thrive and shine. A former executive and research director of Harvard University’s Innovations program, he has spent more than twenty years helping individuals, arts organizations and creatively driven enterprises successfully follow their muse. Marc is a produced playwright and working poet with four collections currently in print.

 

For more about Marc and his work, you can visit his website:

 www.mycreativedevelopment.com

 

Read an interview with Marc on Artpreneur.com about his strategies for working artists...

...and an article he wrote for Grant Makers in the Arts called "The Five Stages of Creative Life and the Crises That Intervene"