I was born in Boyle Heights East Los Angeles, California. I am a performer, award-winning photographer, life long dancer, yoga and meditation instructor, with a Masters in Dance from UCLA.

The five lined poetry of tanka (which originated in Japan 1,600 years ago) and stream of consciousness in free verse style are my preferred modes of writing–tanka gives form to my work, and stream of consciousness sets me free. I have three books of poetry on Amazon.Com–“Enter the Stream”, (Haibun), “Storyteller”, (Tanka) and a tanka/coloring book, “Colorful Lives”.

I got my wordpress blog January 10, 2020. I have a lot to share but I’m not too computer-literate so it will take sometime to navigate.

During Quarantine, 2000, I became very involved with spoken word poetry in Zoom performance and workshops. It changed my style of poetry writing. You will see that my later forms of writing are free verse and made to communicate by spoken word. Punctuation is virtually gone and the joy for me is “speaking my poems”.

I welcome your comments and questions on my blog or email me:



photo of Genie by Mayeli
photo of Genie by Mayeli

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