The Japanese word kotodama 言霊 can be translated as “soul of words” referring to the innate spiritual agency of words. We create worlds with the words we speak. As a poet, writer, and dancer, I craft stories for a more beautiful and gentle world.
In essence, my work is a multidisciplinary synthesis of dance, visual art, photography, writing and poetry. Years of dance training and study have helped me realize the exquisite sensitivity of the dancing body, and its profundity as instrument of perception and expression. It is through this dancing body, which my poetic self emerges. Words, a camera, the blank space of paper—these simply happen to be the tools I use to give expression to that dancing body of experience.
My formal education includes a BA in Studio Art from Macalester College and an MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah. During my study at the University of Utah, I was remarkably fortunate to have the opportunity to research and write a thesis on the role of dance in traditional Navajo culture. The people I met then and the research experience within Dinétah itself, has had a lifelong transformational impact on me for which I am forever grateful.
Twelve Moons & The Sea ~ A Journey Home is my first published collection of poems and photography. You can find more information and a link to preview and/or purchase it on my Publications page. More of my poetry and photography can be found on my Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter accounts. I hope you will find something which brings you delight and inspiration. May beauty illuminate your path always.