art by Luis Rubio Vargas
Looking up at my great uncle Francesco's paintings at age two, I thought, "I do that."
Inspired by the lyrics of John Lennon, I wrote my first songs and poems at age nine and first play at ten. At seventeen, I gave birth to my daughter Stephanie. I earned my GED and attended college at UW-Milwaukee. In 1990, while still in college and working part-time at a classical music store, I received a CD by Sequentia of the music of Hildegard von Bingen. Learning of her changed my life.
After earning a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and psychology in 1993, I founded Seasons & a Muse, Inc., an arts and film collective.
I've since worked as a performance poet, with featured appearances at Lollapalooza, Chicago's Green Mill, The Nuyorican Poets Caf?, international festivals in Austin, Seattle, Bristol, Glasgow, London, Amsterdam, and many more. My first collection of poetry, beautiful terrible & true, is published through Libri Publishers. A self-titled CD is available through INOCULATION/records. My writings appear in The Shepherd Express, Riverwest Review, Poetry Motel, Bluff Magazine, and others.
After several nominations and awards, I've committed myself as a full-time writer, producer and actor of a high-definition short film entitled "Field Day," currently in post-production, and two feature films, "Making Angels" and "Breath of God: The True Story of Hildegard von Bingen," both in consecutive pre-production.
I currently live in Los Angeles with Stephanie and my fianc?, Guy Hoffman, and travel whenever I can.