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 hip-replacement 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”.

During Covid Lockdown, 2020, I became very involved with spoken word performance poetry. Zoom allowed poets to meet poets from around the world. As I listened to poets telling stories, in particular Black poets perform and sing their poetry, I became interested in writing longer forms of poetry. I experimented with playwriting, short stories and free-verse spoken word. I was featured in several Zoom performances with my longer forms of poetry– I felt like I was dancing again. I believe the true power of poetry comes when it is spoken.

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

*tanka is Japan’s oldest form of prose and the mother of haiku. I enjoy writing both forms and recently in 2020, started teaching haiku.


photo of Genie by Mayeli
photo of Genie by Mayeli

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