Torment Relieved in Song: John Berryman

This post originally appeared on This Land on October 24, 2014.  On October 25, 1914, banker John Allyn Smith and schoolteacher Martha Little welcomed their first of two sons, John Allyn Smith Jr.—now known to the world as John Berryman. Berryman was born in...

The Essence of Forever

This post originally appeared on This Land on March 3, 2015.  I moved off campus my junior year at Long Island University into a second-floor room of a home in the cheerful village of Sea Cliff, one square mile of artists, Victorian architecture, and a small cliff...

Passing Over: An Excerpt of Ginseng Tango

This excerpt of my travel memoir Ginseng Tango originally appeared on This Land on August 25, 2015.    I check my email before going to bed and find a message from my ex-husband with “Sad News” in the subject line. I know immediately what it’s about: Java, my...

RVA Litcrawl

RVA Litcrawl was birthed in a period of distraction. I was busy writing my book on somatics due in a few months and paused from tapping at the keyboard. Out of habit, I checked out Facebook. I learned that friends in Denver were taking part in a litcrawl. What fun! A...

Contact Improvisation Book Available as E-book

An act of love like so many books, Contact Improvisation: an Introduction to a Vitalizing Dance came out in print in 2006 after several years of writing. It took that long because I interviewed so many dancers around the country and abroad. I wrote the book because I...
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