Poet, Writer, Recording Artist

 


I have been writing since I was 10 years old, and tapping my foot as far back as I can remember.  It seems natural then that I have followed the rhythmic path in life.  A member of Phi Beta Kappa, I hold degrees in English Lit and French from the University of Minnesota, and lived for six months in Switzerland as part of my studies.  Upon graduation, I turned down a request to apply for a Rhodes Scholarship, deciding instead to pursue the writing life.

In 1999 I started on the drumming path and trained over the course of 12 years with Layne Redmond in Middle Eastern frame-drumming, and with Wallace Hill and Chico Perez in Afro-Caribbean conga drumming.  After learning of the prehistoric relationship between drumming and women, and then discovering I have both South Asian and Pacific Islander genes, I can't help but consider my attraction to rhythm as an expression of ancient memory, and I often bring rhythmic knowledge into my work.

And never shall one room contain me quite.  So it is, I remain, uncontained, writing across genres and styles.  And when not writing or recording I am focused on sustainable, earth-centered practices, including organic gardening and shaping an edible yard.  I believe living my life to help promote climate security starts in my own backyard.  I sometimes share what happens there as a means of encouraging others that power over one's life often starts from the smallest of seeds.

 

                                                             Cypriot drummer © Layne Redmond

 

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