Writing is my passion, joy, therapy and confession

I was born in Boyle Heights East Los Angeles, California, 1948.
still searching,
still questioning,
still under age…
I am a performer, award-winning photographer, life long dancer, yoga and meditation instructor, with a Masters in Dance from UCLA.

In 2008, I had a left hip-replacement and a right hip replacement in 2018 — and had to find new ways to dance. Poetry became my passion.
The five lined poetry of tanka* (which originated in Japan 1,600 years ago) stream of consciousness and 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”.
My latest book and my favorite, Wings on a Silk Veil. 2023.

During Covid Lockdown, 2020, I became very involved with spoken word performance poetry on Zoom. Zoom allows poets to meet other poets from around the world. Hence, I was introduced to many different forms. I began experimenting and writing longer forms of poetry. I wrote several plays, short stories, free-verse and spoken word. I was dancing again. I believe the true power of poetry is when it is spoken.

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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