Don’t Miss The Dirndl Diaspora!

My ancestors are either bursting with pride or rolling in their graves. My animated (storyboarded) play, The Dirndl Diaspora, is getting great reviews! Grab a ticket here and see it while you can! This 90-minute animated/storyboarded feature-length film was written as a play + fashion show for Oaktoberfest, but 2020 decided we can’t have live theater, […]

What’s a Creative Convivium?

Why, I am SO glad you asked! An ancient Roman convivium was a special gathering to eat, drink, and hold conversation, with the host inviting interesting people to speak or perform. Kind of like a symposium but more convivial? I’m throwing one. Very soon. And it is going to be fabulous! The venue is the […]

Un Affare da Ricordare… (An Affair to Remember)

I  don’t know what was more heart stopping—the weird adventure that inspired me, the dangerous feeling of discovering new literary territory, or finding the nerve to read something “a-spicy” to an audience…. but altogether, bringing Carla White’s hot supernatural romance to life through Cosima was like stepping into an alternate universe. The “Afternoon at the Caffe Florian” Carnevale […]

A Volcanic Romance…erupts!

Remember the Perfectly Revolting Tea Party? Remember the Souls of Her Feet Shoe Salon? Well, my next book launch will also go down in herstory! The Vesuvian Affair by international woman of mystery Cosima Zanardi (as told to me, Kristen Caven), takes place at Carnevale in Venice, and the unveiling will take place in a […]

Muse Flash! (Mob)

The Lake I Love. When I saw the call for submissions for the first annual Aluminous Flash Mob Short Play Festival, I knew I had to write about the Pergola at Lake Merritt. How many circles have I made around that lake in all my years in Oakland? With friends, with family, alone? I walked it in […]

By a Waterfall, a Pool, some Birds, and a Mermaid

I crossed this off my bucket list: choreographing a dance number with The DecoBelles historic dance troupe, famous for their waving beachballs, flying footwork and bright red lipstick smiles. The “water ballet.” was in honor of the unveiling of the new mural, “Birds of Lake Merritt,” by Cleo Villet of OMCA fame, which now grace the pool of the […]

On Creative Adaptation with Beth Barany

In Beth Barany’s weekly live #askaWritingCoach chat on BLAB, she interviewed me about adaptation of creative works into different media. It was great to have a chance to sit down and think through how many media The Souls of Her Feet has morphed through in its long development. (As the first in a trilogy!) Why, if I’d been […]

Invoking "Invocation!"

Check out the trailer for “Invocation,” a piano & projected poetry performance (say that ten times fast) I created in collaboration with Franz Liszt and concert pianist Daniel Finnamore. It premiered on January 17th to an amazed audience at Oakland Technical High School, invoking a new century at a centennial celebration. (Read more about it […]