Pandemic Poetry Page

Poetry is pouring out of this pandemic and seeping into my screen. This vivid blast of creativity and vision has been a lifeline of hope amidst the uncertainty and anxiety. I’m collecting some highlights on this page. First out of the gate was Lockdown by Father Richard Hendrick. The next thing on my radar was […]

Handwashing & Heartmath

Back in January, when the virus was still in Wuhan, a friend forwarded me a link to a YouTube tarot reading that foresaw bodies around the globe being stacked in pyramids. It sounded symbolic, but the pyramidic, exponential spread of this vicious virus has proved her reading to be heartbreakingly true. I’m safe, healthy, holed […]

Lois Lane Interviews Authors: Kristen Caven on “The Souls of Her Feet”

This interview with Cristina Deptula of Authors, Large and Small appeared today on Medium: What about the Cinderella story resonates with you? Why did you rewrite it? Cinderella has this mysterious hold on the psyche. We resent its messages but on the other hand we adore them. It’s a story about ascendancy from a low […]

“This changed my life” —Oprah learns about ACEs and Trauma-informed care

Re-posted from ACEs Connection & ACES Too High… “Don’t ask ‘what’s wrong with you.’ Ask, ‘what happened to you.’”  I watched the Oprah segment with my mother, Dr. Louise Hart, who heard Dr. Vincent Felitti speak about the CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences Study ten years ago. At that time, she asked him, “What is being done […]

“Black Music Matters” Dance Party Playshop 2/25/18

There is a goosebump moment I enjoy, in my life, on a regular basis: when I lead the song “Waka Waka” in my Zumba classes, and a room full of old folks of European and Asian descent raise their arms reverently at the end as Shakira says “We are all Africa.” The same thing happens […]

The Flourishing Artist

Greek philosophers defined happiness as the joy you feel when moving towards your highest potential. The Flourishing Artist Creative Growth Activator combines seminars, creative retreats, speakers & workshops, coaching & consulting, convivia, and creative partnerships in a community of art and wellness in an inspiring Oakland retreat. I created The Flourishing Artist to unite my artistic career with my work teaching […]

The Flourishing Artist LAUNCH!

This summer, I am thrilled to present a new creative effort that goes to another level. It’s not theater, it’s not literature, it’s not a performance: it’s YOU. I woke up one morning and realized the people who are most attracted to my literary works and death-defying creative efforts are the coolest people in the world. […]

On Mack Trucks and Magical Thinking

It’s Earth Day 2017 and I’m not marching; I’m meditating. As President Twit and his handlers summarily and systematically dismantle decades of incremental progress forward, we have all been struck with a feeling of violent unreality. It’s been like being hit, in slow motion, by a Mack Truck. And I know, because that happened to me. […]

Everyone Loves a Bully!

Americans are mystified at how “this” could possibly be happening in America. At how one blustering, irresponsible name-caller could be so loved and revered by his supporters, much less embraced by a major political party that is now feeling sick to its stomach. But we shouldn’t be so surprised. I recently posted this on the Zorgos Reader: […]

“Writing to Zorgos” Workshop @ Liminal

Writing is Healing ~ Writing is Power Writing workshop with Kristen Caven We’ve all experienced bullying in our lives, from the personal to the political. This 6-week workshop at The Liminal Center in Oakland provides a structure for both writing through our experiences and learning new ways of being.  Zorgos is esperanto for “I will take […]