Born in Brooklyn, NY
Attended Brooklyn College(CUNY) for BA and Baruch College(CUNY) for MPA.
Moved to Ghent lock, stock, barrel and husband, BD, photographer, with 2 studios in February 2003 from Maplewood, NJ.
Poet, artist, retired public sector manager
Have been doing art in fiber, watercolor collage, and beadwork for over 40 years
My artwork in all media is organic in nature deriving from my concepts of flow in the universe and the natural state of things.
My earliest exhibited artwork was in fiber.
My artwork has been on display in one person and group shows in galleries and museums in NY, NJ and Maine.
Pieces are currently on public display or in private collections.
My fiber art and collage work is on file at the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the NJ State Council on the Arts.
A show of my watercolor/collage which were on display at the Chatham Library prior to my workshop, will be mounted in Chatham at the Bagel Cafe in June.
My show Books, Beads and Baskets is currently on display at the Chatham Library (lower level) and will remain until May. It was previously displayed at the Maplewood Memorial Library in Maplewood, NJ.
I have held a workshop on collage at the Chatham Library and will hold one on reading and writing poetry for children in April and another on Beaded baskets in July. I expect to hold additional workshops in knitting, crochet and making books over the fall and winter.
Since my artwork and poetry are frequently inter-relational and my artwork is always organic in nature, and my poetry frequently about nature, it is easy for me to find illustrations among my works for my handmade books. My poetry is often ecphrastic, that is taken from imagery either in art or nature. I also write from life experiences of humans, animals and insects.
Other information is available at my website:
For information about purchase of my artwork please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Other facts about my background are as follows:
Academic background in music, math, philosophy and public administration
Have taught public administration at the undergraduate and graduate levels
Volunteer mentor for Baruch College students in computer science and related fields
Has been writing poetry since 1992 and has written in French as well as English
Fabricate handmade books with my own poetry and artwork
Since arriving in Ghent I have read at the open mike at Amble Dance in Mellenville and was one of the features in "An Exaltation of Local Poets" at the Spencertown Academy in October.Â This event was curated by Bernadette Mayer and co-sponsored by Friends of the Chatham Library.
I am published in two NYC literary journals.
Rattapallax ( 3 issues) where I am recorded on an accompanying CD.
Medicinal Purposes ( concrete poem)
and an anthology: The Company We Keep
On the web:
I hosted 2 reading series in NYC:
The Phoenix Reading Series(curator for 2 years)
La Plume Multi-lingual Reading Series (originator and curator for 1 year)
Both were held at the Center for Book Arts in Chelsea where I printed my own poetry for use in my handmade books.
I was a frequent featured reader at Phoenix under the curatorship of Michael Graves, the originator of the series.
I was featured several times at the Village Reading Series in Greenwich Village hosted by poets Carl Rosenstock and Ellen Sobel, and the Moroccan Star Reading Series in Downtown Brooklyn hosted by poet Evie Ivy.
I was also a featured guest on Manhattan Cable TV's Poet to Poet, hosted by Robert Dunn and produced by the recently deceased poet, Thomas "Pepper" Catterson, discussing and reading my poetry. A videotape is available of the program.
Finally I appeared on behalf of Rattapallax at venues in London (England), Paris (France), California (Venice and Berkley) and NYC.