Crazing explores dementia, loss of language, and the ending of the earth whose body I share. Woman With Crows was a finalist for AROHO’s To The Lighthouse Prize, and includes poems that won the New Millennium Writings, Harpur Palate, and other prizes. Here Along Cazenovia Creek (2011) celebrates the seasons and was performed by the great Japanese dancer Shizuno Nasu.
My classes focus on writing from the body, from movement and breath, and from the stillness within. I also love to teach writing from nature, connecting with landscape, animals, birds, and plants.
I’m originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. I went to Stanford for a BA in English and to Indiana University for a doctorate in English. I’ve been an English professor, a librarian, a book editor, and a college dean in Los Angeles.
In 2005 I moved to the beautiful hill country of western New York, which led to the writing of Here Along Cazenovia Creek.
I now live in Hilo, on the Big Island of Hawai’i, with writer-anthropologist Don Mitchell. I travel several times a year, to write and teach, and to read and perform my poems.
Recently I’ve begun collaborating with dancer-choreographer Jennifer K Eng to create poetry and dance videos and performances. I hope these adventures will find their way onto this site!
You can contact me at: wailukuDOTruthATgmailDOTcom.