ABOUT THE POETS:
Vijali Hamilton has worked and taught around the world, for the past 50 years, as an artist peacemaker. She has collaborated in 20 countires with diversified communities and utilizes her skills as a filmmaker, poet, sculptor, and musician. Vijali started her World Wheel, Global Peace Through the Arts project in 1986 to further explore the role that community-based arts can play in building a world at peace. Her feature film WORLD WHEEL One Woman’s Creative Journey for Global Peace won many awards. Her 4th book of poetry and art is due to come out in 2023.
Jane Lipman’s poetry collection, On the Back Porch of the Moon, Black Swan Editions, 2012, won the 2013 New Mexico/Arizona Book Award and a 2013 NM Press Women’s Award. Her chapbooks, The Rapture of Tulips and White Crow’s Secret Life, Pudding House Publications, 2009, were finalists for NM Book Awards in Poetry in 2009 and 2010, respectively. Her poem “Unsung” won Second Prize in a national poetry contest, Honoring Cole Porter, 2015. She was First Runner Up in the Lummox Poetry Contest, 2016. During the ‘80s she founded and directed Taos Institute, sponsoring performances and workshops by Robert Bly, Joseph Campbell, Gioia Timpanelli, Paul Winter, and others. She gave Comedy Therapy and Enneagram workshops in NM––also in Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Poland, and Russia. Pre-Covid, she gave Mystical Poetry and Writing workshops tri-annually in Santa Fe. She’s lived in northern New Mexico since 1970.