Writing is my passion, joy, therapy and confession.

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”.

During Lockdown, 2020, I became very involved with spoken word poetry in Zoom performances and workshops. It changed my style of poetry to free-verse. My form changes with the contents of each poem. The joy is “speaking/performing my poems”. I believe the true power of poetry comes when poetry is spoken.

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photo of Genie by Mayeli
photo of Genie by Mayeli

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