Saturday, November 30, 2013

Event: Ina Coolbrith and Friends in the Berkeley Hills

I'm the guest speaker for the Berkeley Path Wanderers at the Albany YMCA/Albany Library Brown Bay Lunch Speaker's Forum.

Monday, December 16, 2013
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Albany Branch
1247 Marin Ave.
Albany, CA 94706

Location: Edith Stone Room
Contact: Vivian Jaquette (510) 526-3720,

I first discovered the Berkeley paths while working on a biography of California's first poet laureate, Ina Coolbrith. During a meandering walk in the hills while staying at a friend's house, I discovered paths named after Coolbrith's friends and colleagues. Read more about that discovery here. When I led a walk for the Berkeley Path Wanderers in October, I learned that Ina once had a road named after her too. At this event I will share stories about Coolbrith and other Bay Area literary pioneers such as Bret Harte, Joaquin Miller, Charles Keeler, and John Muir. The forum is co-sponsored by the Albany YMCA and the Albany Library.

The Berkeley Path Wanderers Association was founded in 1998 to restore and improve Berkeley's pedestrian paths, an extensive trail system that was created as part of the original town plan in the first part of the 20th century. Keith Skinner, BPWA President, will provide a brief overview of the organization's goals and activities.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

"Okeanos: A Performance Where Dancers Move Like Octopuses and Seahorses," a blog post on

Photo by Joseph Seif
I loved working on this story because it brought together my love of dance and the ocean. While I wrote it I watched the video, "Naomi Underwater," by Joseph Seif over and over again. It is mesmerizing. Jodi Lomask, the artistic director of Capacitor, discovered a new technique she calls "sink and fall" to choreograph the video.

Go to "Okeanos: A Performance Where Dancers Move Like Octopuses and Seahorses" at