Welcome to Julene's
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Self-declared "Health Artist"
My interests lie in the areas of health and healing, I have heard the
term "Health Artist" and I claim it. Creative Writing, Continuum
movement and Herbs are my three main passions.
I lived in NYC for fifteen years where I was an active participant in the
grassroots dream community, and had the opportunity to learn the skills
of Neuro Linguistic Programming.
My undergraduate degree is in creative writing with an emphasis on
poetry and women's studies. I had the honor to study writing with Audre
Lorde, Joan Larkin, and Louise DeSalvo at the City University of New
York (CUNY) independent learning system; Hunter University was my
primary school. I moved from NYC to Seattle in 1989.
My Masters degree in Applied Behavioral Science is from The Leadership
Institute of Seattle (LIOS), my concentration was their counseling
track. I focused on Family Of Origin theory and Arnold Mindell's
CREATIVE WRITING LIFE
I have been
writing poetry most of my life, in May of 2002 I overheard a bicyclist
friend say, "If you are a biker, you got to ride." I sat and listened
to him say this several times, the words penetrated me and translated
into, "If you are a poet, you got to read." That very month I started
reading my writing at open mikes again.
PUBLICATIONS AND AWARDS
My chapbook "Case Walking: An AIDS Case Manager Wails her Blues." is written in honor of the over one hundred clients and friends who have died from AIDS complications. It is published by Finishing Line Press. You can order it on their website as well as on Amazon. Also, link on the main page of this website and on my new website!
November 2002 I began my study of Dangerous Writing in Portland, Oregon
with Tom Spanbauer and his group of fiction writers. In July 2003 I
attended the Haystack Arts Program with their five day intensive; this
work has broadened my writing.
I have been studying Continuum
movement with its founder, Emily Conrad, and co-founder, Susan Harper,
since 1988. In 1996, 1997 and 2001 and 2004 I attended Emilie Conrad
and Rebecca Mark's "Poetry in Motion" intensives. The combination of
Continuum movement and writing inspired and enflamed my passion for
writing. It added an essential integration of the thoughts, feelings
and images that Continuum evokes. I have taken advanced classes
including Susan Harper's "Em'oceans and Sensations," which intergrate
Peter Levine's Somatic Experiencing work, as well as Continuum's
"Beginning Teacher Training." Susan Harper runs groups through Continuum Montage.
MUSE TO WRITE
For 10 years I ran Muse To Write circles to share
and explore the connection between intrinsic movement and the images
and words stirred within us. This body-centered writing unfolds
surprises as we break old patterns and find new stories within. For two
years I ran these circles at Cancer Lifeline, for people affected by
Health Corner is the title of a column I wrote for The Babes
Network Newsletter, a peer support network for women living with
HIV/AIDS. Articles written since January 1995. You can link to the ones
you are interested in reading through the link below. The Babes Network website is
located at www.babesnetwork.org. Since 1992 my professional work has been
as a case manager for people living with HIV and AIDS.