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Gender Female
Industry Arts
Occupation writer
Location Woodstock, NY, United States
Introduction I think that writing memoir is the most potent action I can take in this world. When I sit down to write – not an easy place to get to – I feel all my energies and abilities come into one focus, one laser point – I feel like a bird, pausing in mid-air, then plummeting down into the waves, intent on that one fish that will save it. I write, then come up for air, then look at what I have unearthed. It usually looks like just a handful of dust, not worth much. I could easily toss it out and forget about it. But I don’t. Not anymore. I add it to the pile. I am not sure what I am building, but this is all I have. For some reason, it is my most precious thing, the one thing that feels purely my own.
Interests My husband, Fred Poole, and I are co-directors of the Authentic Writing workshops where I do most of my writing. We also are co-founders and co-producers of The Woodstock Memoir Festival which has morphed into the Memoir Festival held in the summers at Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY.
Favorite Movies Bicycle Thief, Battle of Algiers, ummm, so many...
Favorite Books ON THE ROAD -- The Original Scroll by Jack Kerouac; ALL THE STRANGE HOURS by Loren Eiseley; THE BODY NEVER LIES by Alice Miller; Listen by Wendy Salinger; The Speckled People by Hugo Hamilton; Harbor Boys by Hugo Hamilton; Even Dogs Go Home to Die by Linda St. John; Leaving Mr. McKenzie by Jean Rhys; The Boys of My Youth by Joanne Beard; Charles Bukowski when he writes in first person; all graphic novels by Marjane Satrapi and Criag Thompson.