The Creative Force Inside: The Story of Activist Poet Arminé Iknadossian


Poet, writer, teacher and badass woman and warrior Arminé Iknadossian talks about her journey: from fleeing the civil war in Beruit as a child, to finding her voice and her confidence in the spoken word. Together Arminé and Susan discuss the universality of poetry and how it serves to bring to light the stories we need to hear. 

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Arminé Iknadossian

Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Arminé Iknadossian immigrated to the United States in 1974 to escape the civil war. She is the author of All That Wasted Fruit (Main Street Rag Press), a collection of poems about the sacred feminine. Iknadossian earned an MFA from Antioch University where she was awarded a fellowship from Summer Poetry in Idyllwild. After teaching English for 20 years, Iknadossian wrote United States of Love & Other Poems (2015). During her tenure as a teacher, The Los Angeles Writing Project awarded Iknadossian a fellowship for their summer residency. In 2017, Red Hen Press selected her to be Writer in the Schools. Iknadossian is also a founding fellow of Anaphora Writing Residency at Otis College of Art and Design.

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Falling in Love with Love with Dr. Brenda Shoshanna


Dr. Barbara Shoshanna is a psychologist, author, speaker, and zen buddhist who weaves the philosophies of both East and West into her practice. In this episode she discusses zen and the practices that relate to falling in love and being in love - with a partner but also with all of life!

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Dr. Brenda Shoshanna

Brenda Shoshanna, Ph.d. is a psychologist, author, speaker, long time practitioner of Zen and a workshop leader. She focuses upon integrating East and Western psychology, philosophy , and practice and and making them real in our everyday lives.  Her work is dedicated to opening your mind, lifting your spirit and making every day worthwhile. Brenda offers a weekly podcast, Zen Wisdom for Your Everyday Life, articles and is working on a new book, Zen Play, (Instructions for Becoming Fully Alive)..One of her other books include Zen and the Art of Falling in Love.

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