Episode 14: Interview with Elizabeth Cunningham
Melissa Studdard talks with Elizabeth Cunningham, novelist, poet, interfaith minister, and counselor. Cunningham is the direct descendant of nine generations of Episcopal priests and grew up hearing rich liturgical and biblical language, which, among other literary and personal influences, strongly informs her writing. She is the author of the series The Maeve Chronicles, as well as many individual books, such as TheWild Mother; The Return of the Goddess, a Divine Comedy; How to Spin Gold, a Woman’sTale; Small Bird; and Wild Mercy. The novel Red Robed Priestess, the fourth of The Maeve Chronicles will be released in mid-November. Cunningham has stated that both The Maeve Chronicles and her interfaith ministry express her profound desire to reconcile her Christian roots with her call to explore the divine feminine. For more information about Elizabeth Cunningham, please visit here.
Episode 13: Interview with Adele Kenny and Deborah LaVeglia
Melissa Studdard talks with Adele Kenny and Deborah LaVeglia. Both are reading series directors: Kenny is the director of Carriage House Poetry Reading Series, and LaVeglia directs PoetsWednesday. Both also work for Tiferet, Kenny as a poetry editor and LaVeglia as a reading coordinator. Kenny is the award winning author of more than a dozen books of poetry and non-fiction. Her most recent collection of poems, What Matters, was released just this month. LaVeglia is a workshop facilitator for events such as Teen Arts Festival, as well as the author of the collection Vigil.
Episode 12: Interview with Lois P. Jones – July 24, 2011
Melissa Studdard talks with Lois P. Jones about poetry, photography, publishing, and more. Jones’s poetry and photographs have been published widely in print and on-line journals in the U.S. and abroad. She is co-founder of Word Walker Press and since 2008 has hosted KPFK’s Cafe in Los Angeles(90.7 FM Pacifica Radio), which airs on 2nd, 4th and 5th Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. Lois co-produces Moonday in the Village, a west side reading, and is co-host of Moonday’s east side poetry reading at Flintridge Books. She is the Poetry Editor of Kyoto Journal and a 2009/2010 Pushcart Nominee as well as a 2010/2011 nominee for Best New Poets. Lois is also a frequent participant in the yearly San Miguel Poetry Week. In 2010, her poem “Ouija” was featured by IBPC as Poem of the Year.
Episode 11: Interview with Robert Pinsky – June 20, 2011
Melissa Studdard talks with Robert Pinsky about poetry, translation, editing, and more. Pinsky, who served three terms as United States Poet Laureate, is also an acclaimed literary critic and the best-selling translator of The Inferno of Dante. He has received numerous awards for his poetry and translations, including the Lenore Marshall Award, the Ambassador Book Award of the English Speaking Union, the PEN/Voelcker Award, the William Carlos Williams Prize, and the Theodore M. Roethke Memorial Poetry Award. He currently teaches in the graduate writing program at Boston University and serves as the poetry editor for Slate. His most recent collection of poetry, Selected Poems, was released just this April. Lloyd Schwarz, of The Boston Phoenix, has said of Pinsky, “In his poems Pinsky talks, with democratic warmth and intimacy, to the common things of this world. His extraordinary poems remind us that he has always embodied the very ideal he proposes for what a poet can do.”
Episode 10: Interview with Marc Allen – May 19 , 2011
Melissa Studdard talks with Marc Allen about success, personal fulfillment, music, and more. Allen is a musician, composer, internationally renowned author, and president and publisher of New World Library. His latest composition is a soaring, orchestral work called Awakening, and his first instrumental album, Breathe, has now sold nearly 100,000 copies and has been named a “New Age Golden Oldie” by NAPRA. His most recent book, The Greatest Secret of All, guides the reader in unravelling the secrets of happiness, inner peace, ease, and fulfillment. Bestselling author Gay Hendricks says of The Greatest Secret of All: “It is a wonderful contribution to humanity. It gives us the key to a life well lived.”
Episode 9: Interview with Arielle Ford – April 18, 2011
Arielle is a nationally recognized publicist and marketing expert, producer, author, consultant. She has enormously facilitated the rapid growth of the self help and human potential movement in the US. and is a founding partner of the Spiritual Cinema Circle. She is the author of seven books, including the popular Hot Chocolate For The Mystical Soul series. Her latest book; The Soulmate Secret: How To Manifest The Love of Your Life with the Law of Attraction was released in January 2009. Marianne Williamson says of The Soulmate Secret: “Arielle Ford provides a beautiful way to let go of any hurts of the past and bring new love into your life today. Practical, inspiring, and hopeful, The Soulmate Secret leaves even the most cynical about love ready to find a soulmate.” Michael Bernard Beckwith says, “Arielle Ford, in inspiring and encouraging terms, offers from her direct experience how to prepare in consciousness, heart and spirit to magnetize, recognize and respond to the soul’s call for an authentic, conscious love relationship.”
Episode 8: Interview with Bernie Siegel – March 18, 2011
Siegel is retired from Yale New Haven Hospital, where he was a professor of general and pediatric surgery. He is the Academic Co-Director of the Experiential Health and Healing Program at The Graduate Institute, the founder of Exceptional Cancer Patients, and the author of numerous books, including How To Live Between Office Visits, Prescriptions for Living, and Love, Magic & Mud Pies.
Wayne Dyer has stated, “Bernie is one of the world’s most respected doctors. I would pay close attention to any prescription he offers.” Larry Dossey has stated: “Bernie Siegel is a brilliant beacon broadcasting a message of hope. When high-tech medicine is supplemented with love and compassion, we have not only caring but also healing, which is what Siegel’s message is all about.”
Episode 7: Interview with Anthony Lawlor – February 21, 2011
Interview with architect Anthony Lawlor of The Foundation for Consciousness in Architecture. Lawlor is author of the blog Dwelling Here Now and the books The Temple in the House and A Home for the Soul. Jean Houston has stated that The Temple in the House “is a living temple in which the soul of architecture and the architecture of soul are brilliantly evoked. The reader is magically led through patterns and proportions that transform the ordinary house into a charged place of spirit.”
Episode 6: Interview with Robin Rice – January 27, 2011
Interview with Robin Rice, author, mentor, contemporary shaman, and founder of both The Awesome Women Hub and Be Who You Are Productions. A client has recently said of Rice: “Robin is a weaver of contemporary and ancient soul knowledge. A woman with a big picture, and a true thinker who is excited about life. She amplifies the stories of the GOOD and important, and works toward an even greater good and a larger whole. She is a voice in the wilderness.”
Episode 5: Interview with Floyd Skloot – December 9, 2010
Interview with Floyd Skloot, author of seventeen books, including works of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Skloot is a three time winner of the Pushcart Prize, and has also been honored with a Pen USA Literary Award, two Pacific NW Book Awards, an Independent Publishers Book Award, and two Oregon Book Awards. The Harvard Review calls Skloot, “a poet of singular skill and subtle intelligence” and The Washington Post calls him, “a tribute to the creative spirit.” Poets and Writers Magazine recently named him “one of fifty of the most inspiring authors in the world.”
Episode 4: Interview with Jeffrey Davis – November 15, 2010
Interview with Jeffrey Davis, writing coach, editor, creativity consultant, and teacher. Davis is the author of the Psychology Today blog, Tracking Wonder and the books The Journey from the Center to the Page: Yoga Philosophies and Practices as Muse for Authentic Writing and City Reservoir: A Collection of Poems. Davis has stated: “Writing that reverberates with others’ deep imagination strikes me as authentic. It’s authentic because it comes from a source beyond the ego mind’s spinning wheels. Much authentic writing then is sensuous and sensual. Verbs lick us. Images ignite our imaginations. Suggestive diction caresses us.”
Episode 3: Interview with Ed Hirsch – October 14, 2010
Interview with Edward Hirsch, poet, essayist, editor, professor, and Guggenheim Foundation president. Hirsch is the author of the bestselling book How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry, and his numerous awards include a National Book Critics Circle Award and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (genius grant). Hirsch has stated: “The poet wants justice. And the poet wants art. In poetry we can’t have one without the other.”
Episode 2: Interview with Jude Rittenhouse – August 17, 2010
Interview with Jude Rittenhouse, award winning writer, Integrated Kabbalistic Healer, editor, and featured Tiferet blogger. Rittenhouse, who lectures and teaches at a variety of schools, retreats, conferences and medical facilities, states that in all of her endeavors she strives to empower others as they explore their unique journeys towards wholeness. Rittenhouse’s first collection of poems, Living in Skin, was released as a chapbook in 2009.
Episode 1: Interview with Julia Cameron – June 15, 2010
Interview with Julia Cameron, award-winning poet, playwright, and filmmaker, and author of over thirty books, ranging from novels to volumes of children’s poems and prayers, to her hugely successful works on creativity. Cameron states, “Most of us have no idea of our real creative height. We are much more gifted than we know. My tools help to nurture those gifts.”
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