"Letters have to pass two tests before they can be classed as good: they must express the personality both of the writer and of the recipient."
~ E. M. Foster

Happy September and welcoming of the fall season!

September 1st is World Letter Writing Day, and I invite everyone to write a letter to someone and mail it. There's something very special about receiving a handwritten letter. I have a few friends who still send me handwritten thank you notes, but that number is really dwindling.

My life as a writer began with letters, the first time my parents sent me to sleep away camp. Aside from spending a night or two at my aunt and uncle's house in New York City, it was my first experience away from home.

Before I left, my mother put some stationary inside my trunk and told me I should make sure to write at least once a week. When I opened my trunk, I was excited to find a box of Hallmark pink stationary with flowers inside scented envelopes.

In my book Writing for Bliss, there is an entire section devoted to letter writing. I discuss how this kind of writing can be thought of as an old-fashioned way to express our concerns and get our feelings out. Emails have become the modern letter; however, it's fun to write and mail letters and I invite you to do this for someone you love far away!
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Interview about An Imaginary Affair 
with Dr. Michael Anthony Ingram

“Quintessential Listening: Poetry Online Radio”
August 17, 2022

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September 1, 2022
6:00 p.m.
“An Imaginary Affair: Poems Whispered to Neruda”
In discussion with poet Perie Longo
Chevalier's Books
Via Zoom
(To be rescheduled)


September 6, 2022
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. PST
“Personal Writing for Well-Being: Workshop”
The University Club of Santa Barbara
(Members Only)
Santa Barbara, CA


September 17, 2022
3:00p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
"An Imaginary Affair: Poetry Reading"
Tecolote Bookshop
Montecito, CA


September 19 – 22, 2022
“What We’re Reading Series”
“Writing for Bliss”
Miraval Resorts and Spas
Austin, Texas

“My Childhood Fear,” “Cesarean Words,” and “Prisms of My Mind.” (poems). The RavensPerch. July 27, 2022.

"The Legend," "My Lost City," and "173rd Street." (poems). Impspired. August 1, 2022.

"Happiness, Depression, and Humor." (article). The Good Men Project. August 4, 2022.

Blessings From Loved Ones: Reconnecting with My Grandmother Through Her Journal.” (article). The Mindful Word. August 10, 2022.

“Are You and Empathetic Person? (article). The Good Men Project. August 11, 2022.

“How Naked Are Your Boundaries?” (article). The Good Men Project. August 18, 2022.

"Finding Your Aha Moments." (article). The Good Men Project. August 24, 2022.

"A Woman's Life." (poem). Beyond Words Literary: Woman. Life. Issue. 2022.

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