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Author and 22-Day Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan on “My Writing Process” Blog Tour

Thank you, writer and poet Michelle Wing, for inviting me to the “My Writing Process” blog tour. Hearty congratulations to you and your collection of poetry, Body on the Wall, debuted just yesterday on May 15, 2014!  Everyone, please check out Michelle’s blog www.thepoemwhisperer.com  (about finding the words!), and http://michellewing.com/ . And, here’s her post http://thepoemwhisperer.com/my-writing-process-blog-tour/

Michelle Wing

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author & 22-Day Writing Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan says: "Work on your craft and build your name at the same time, with ease."--photo by author Lynn Scott

I am delighted to be on this blog tour. My turn to answer the 4 questions about my writing process.

1)      “What are you working on?” 

Teresa LeYung-Ryan:   I’m smiling as I answer this question.  I am working on two projects.  A prescriptive nonfiction project – Build Your Writing Life In 22 Days (the second workbook in my 22-Day series); and a narrative nonfiction project – I’m actually writing my first memoir.  No more hiding behind the protagonist in my first novel Love Made of Heart: a Mother’s Mental Illness Forges Forgiveness in Daughter Ruby.  By the way . . . the working title of my memoir is Moon Crone Driving Without a Steering Wheel: How this Writer Journeyed Through Early Menopause, Depression, and Love.

Looking at my own blog posts, I see that the muse for my memoir first appeared in October 2012:

http://lovemadeofheart.com/blog/coach-teresa-says-please-do-not-give-up-on-yourself-and-your-writing/

http://lovemadeofheart.com/blog/authorwriting-coach-teresa-leyung-ryan-says-talking-about-depression-and-mental-illness-does-not-scare-me-anymore/

http://lovemadeofheart.com/blog/author-teresa-leyung-ryan-says-transforming-depression-into-my-writers-muse/

http://lovemadeofheart.com/blog/helpful-websites-resources-for-mental-health-mental-illness-depression/

 

2)      How does your work differ from others of its genre? 

Teresa LeYung-Ryan:   There must be other authors who have written/are writing about being a writer, surviving menopause, and living with depression. Probably my work carries a distinctive voice because I am a female Chinese-American immigrant from Hong Kong with these experiences  – lived with a beautiful mother who suffered mental illness and the cruel stigmas; escaped from violence when I was a young woman; worked in a government agency, a public agency, as well as in the private sector; blessed with a caring community of extended family members, colleagues and friends; use all my literary works (fiction and nonfiction) to inspire adult-children of mentally-ill parents to speak openly about the stigmas and find resources for their loved ones AND to speak out against injustice and violent behavior.

 

3)      Why do you write the subject matters you write about? 

Teresa LeYung-Ryan:   How can I not write about mental illness, stigmas, rejection, joys and sorrows, the immigrant experience, poverty, and saying NO to everyday meanness, injustice, and violence?  The act of writing is the way I express my memories, observations and intentions.  An artist might employ paint, canvas, wood, and metal to do her/his work. I am a writer; therefore I employ words (choice and placement of words) to do mine.

 

4) What is your writing process? 

Teresa LeYung-Ryan:   As I tell my friends . . . I am pregnant with a memoir.  I write every day.  At bus stops, on public transportation, in waiting rooms (including jury assembly room). I journal to track authentic details, sometimes at the beginning of the day, sometimes at the end.  With the help of Martha Alderson and her Blockbuster Plots and Plot Whisperer books, I am replotting my story. I’ve begun writing scenes and rereading memoirs (including Woven of Water by Luisa Adams)  [ A note to self and all memoirists:  when writing nonfiction, we cannot change the sequence of events for dramatic effect; we cannot embellish or diminish the details; if we do not follow these rules, then we cannot label our work nonfiction. ]

Also, I write editorial memos for manuscript clients and coaching notes for my fanbase-building clients.  I blog as the 22-Day Writing and Platform and Fanbase-Building Coach Teresa. http://lovemadeofheart.com/blog/  I love the act of composing/rewriting/restructuring/more rewriting –  these practices help me to really “reach out, not stress out.”  http://writingcoachTeresa.com

And, I rewrite/update my presentations.  For example, on June 10, 2014, 4:00-5:00om I’ll be in California at the San Mateo County Fair’s Literary Arts Stage  as a feature guest on “3 Short Plays with 3 Playwrights hosted by Darlene Frank” with the other two feature guests Ollie Mae Trost Welch and David Hirzel. I’ll be performing “What Am I Going to Do Now?” which is a new monologue for my “Talking to My Dead Mom” series.

Then on Saturday, June 21, 2014  I morph into Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan when I present “Build/Fortify Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase” at California Writers Club – Tri-Valley Branch in Pleasanton, California.

Soon, I shall be working on presentations for the San Francisco Writers Conference!

Please click here for more info about my events. Please click here for resources for writers – including links to California Writers Club and Women’s National Book Association.

My darling friends/colleagues give me writing retreats – I get so much done when I’m with dear hearts, especially the past two years with Elisa Sasa Southard, Margie Yee Webb, Vicki Weiland, Mary E. Knippel, and Lynn Scott. Thank you writing-sisters!

Also, in June, I’ll be with California Writers’ Club colleagues/mentors including Winifred McCaffrey, Margaret Davis, Diane Warner, Darlene Frank, Bardi Rosman Koodrin, Laurel Anne Hill, Christopher Wachlin (president of SF Peninsula Branch), Mary E. Knippel, and thirty other talented writers. Click here for schedule of literary events with CWC members at the San Mateo County Fair.

Click here for a list of my appearances/workshops (including June 10, 2014 at San Mateo County Fair’s Literary Arts Stage;  June 21, 2014 at California Writers’ Club Tri-Valley Branch in Pleasanton, CA)

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Now I pass the torch to two fabulous colleaguesMary E. Knippel and Yolande Barial – who will be on the “My Writing Process” blog tour, so, please visit them at their blogs on and after Friday, May 23, 2014.

Yolande Barial

Yolande Barial is the proud mother of three remarkable children. She is known as the sensually spiritual poet/writer/blogger and columnist, and, has performed spoken word in venues (including Starbucks) throughout the SF-Oakland Bay Area from 2003 to present. Yolande is a contributing author in 3 anthologies – If Women Ruled the World; Oakland’s Neighborhoods; More of Life’s Spices: Seasoned Sistahs Keepin’ It Real.  Also, she is playwright and director of “Images of the King: A Child’s Dream” (a children’s play), a Red Room author, and contributor to the “Stockton Motherhood” column for Examiner.com. Yolande’s column “Mothers Corner” appears monthly in the Tracy Press newspaper. Visit Yolande Barial’s blog http://just-a-mom.us/

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Mary E. Knippel

Mary E. Knippel, author, speaker and writing mentor, is fiercely committed to guiding aspiring authors and entrepreneurs to polish their words so that they sparkle and shine; her clients come to her to get help when they feel paralyzed about where to begin, what to say, and how to make sense of the life-changing messages. A journal writer since the age of eleven, Mary knows the enormous power of the written word. As a two-time breast cancer survivor, she herself relied on writing in her own recovery. Her upcoming book, The Secret Artist: Give Yourself Permission to Let Your Creativity Shine, chronicles the healing results. Check out her online writing classes, writing tips, workshops, upcoming book, and blog http://yourwritingmentor.com

Sincerely,



Cheers from

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan is the author of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW. Click here for print edition. Click here for Kindle edition. “Reach out, not stress out.”

Teresa’s novel Love Made of Heart: a Mother’s Mental Illness Forges Forgiveness in Daughter Ruby is used in college courses and archived at the San Francisco History Center.

Subscribe to  “Coach Teresa’s blog” Click here to start.

 

Women’s National Book Association – San Francisco Chapter’s President Kate Farrell says:

Dear WNBA- SF Chapter Members,

Breaking News: SF Chapter will co-sponsor a fabulous award event this coming Sunday!
Almost all the nominated authors will attend. Join us at the SF Main Library and enjoy the ceremony, readings, and free reception.

33rd Annual

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA BOOK AWARDS

celebrating books published in 2013 by Northern California authors

 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin, Civic Center, San Francisco, CA

1:00–2:30 pm: Awards Ceremony featuring readings & remarks by the award-winning authors

2:30–4:00 pm: Book signing & Reception follows in the Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room

Awards and reception free and open to the public; nominated books on sale by Readers Bookstore

 

FRED CODY AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

Adam Hochschild, Berkeley author, journalist, historian

 

NCBR RECOGNITION AWARD

City Arts & Lectures

 

FICTION

At Night We Walk in Circles, Daniel Alarcon

Sorrow, Catherine Gammon

The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells, Andrew Sean Greer

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marra

Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge, Peter Orner

 

POETRY

Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire, Brenda Hillman

Black Crow Dress, Roxane Beth Johnson

Spiral Trace, Jack Marshall

The Palace of Contemplating Departure, Brynn Saito

Here Come the Warm Jets, Alli Warren

 

TRANSLATION

Fiction

The Mongolian Conspiracy, by Rafael Bernal, translated by Katherine Silver from the Spanish

The Mehlis Report, by Rabee Jaber, translated by Kareem James Abu-Zeid from the Arabic

The Art of Joy, by Goliarda Sapienza, translated by Anne Milano Appel from the Italian

Poetry

Poems of Consummation, by Vicente Aleixandre, translated from the Spanish by Stephen Kessler

Colonies, Tomasz Rozycki, translated from the Polish by Mira Rosenthal

Landscape with Yellow Birds, by José Ángel Valente, translated from the Spanish by Thomas Christensen

 

GENERAL NONFICTION

Down by the Bay: San Francisco’s History Between the Tides, Matthew Morse Booker

League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth, Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru

Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety, Eric Schlosser

Carol and John Steinbeck: Portrait of a Marriage, Susan Shillinglaw

An Atomic Love Story: The Extraordinary Women in Robert Oppenheimer’s Life, Shirley Streshinsky and Patricia Klaus

 

CREATIVE NONFICTION

Gary Kamiya, Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco

Anchee Min, The Cooked Seed

Rebecca Solnit, The Faraway Nearby

Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani, Beyond the Possible: 50 Years of Radical Change at Glide

Gordon Young, Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City

 

CHILDREN’S LITERATURE

Younger Readers

Marissa Moss, Mira’s Diary: Home Sweet Rome

Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett, pictures by Matthew Myers, Battle Bunny

Lemony Snicket, illustrator Jon Klassen, The Dark

 

Young Adult

Kristin Elizabeth Clark, Freakboy

Katherine Longshore, Tarnish

Annemarie O’Brien, Lara’s Gift

The Northern California Book Awards are presented and sponsored by Northern California Book Reviewers; Poetry Flash; Center for the Art of Translation; Red Room (redroom.com); PEN West; Mechanics’ Institute; Women’s National Book Association, SF Chapter; San Francisco Public Library; Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and Readers Bookstore at the Main.

For more information: Poetryflash.org, 510.525.5476NCBR@poetryflash.org

Facebook event page: search Northern California Book Awards



Cheers from

 

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan is the author of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW. Click here for print edition. Click here for Kindle edition. “Reach out, not stress out.”

Teresa’s novel Love Made of Heart: a Mother’s Mental Illness Forges Forgiveness in Daughter Ruby is used in college courses and archived at the San Francisco History Center.

Subscribe to  “Coach Teresa’s blog” Click here to start.

 

Today is International Women’s Day and we celebrate women and girls!

Yet, this kind of atrocity is happening all over the world, even in our backyards.

On a bus this morning, I saw this poster:

“Human Trafficking in Contra Costa is Real!  12 – 14 YEARS OLD.  AVERAGE AGE OF U.S. CHILDREN BEING FORCED INTO PROSTITUTION”

The words on the sign that the young girl is holding says:     “12 – 14 YEARS OLD.  AVERAGE AGE OF U.S. CHILDREN BEING FORCED INTO PROSTITUTION”

How do we stop these crimes on children? How do we spread awareness?

For the full story, click on Martinez News-Gazette

Excerpts from the article by Darya Esipova January 19, 2014

DA says human trafficking exists in Contra Costa County

District Attorney Mark Peterson told about 30 participants at the conference of the significance of human trafficking, and mentioned there are 16.5 million people throughout the world that become victims of labor exploitation every year – 65 percent of which are women used in slave labor.

Contra Costa County Prosecutor Nancy Georgiou said that since January 2011, the problem of trafficking started to become more and more obvious. In 2011 she had four cases to review, and in 2013, 32 cases, with a prosecution rate of 100 percent. In 2014 there are 10 cases on the waiting list.

Police officers and probation officers are trained to rescue human trafficking victims.

“It is vital for the general public to know the dynamics of human trafficking,” she said, “and to know that behind every girl there is a person that controls her: manages her transportation – where does she have to go, what clothing to wear and when to work. In 2013, the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors created a Human Trafficking Coalition, where community members, health service providers, law enforcement agencies and others collaborate with each other and exchange the information they have.”

Devorah Levine, Chair of Zero Tolerance for Human Trafficking, stated that their main message is that the public has an obligation not to tolerate trafficking as a kind of modern slavery in our county.

“If you are a victim of trafficking or if you suspect that someone may be being trafficked, we believe you and want you to come forward and to speak to people who can help, and the first step is to call hot-line number 211. There are many people standing behind that number that are ready to help – violence police officers, health services providers and many more,” explained Levine.

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Look Beneath the Surface - Human Trafficking is modern-day slavery. A victim of trafficking may look like many of the people you see everyday.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services  http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr/programs/anti-trafficking

The Anti-Trafficking in Persons Program (ATIP) identifies and serves victims of human trafficking, assisting foreign trafficking victims in the United States to become eligible for public benefits and services to the same extent as refugees.  The program also raises awareness of human trafficking through the HHS Rescue & Restore Victims of Human Trafficking campaign.

Together we can help make this world a safe place for all children.

Sincerely,

Teresa LeYung-Ryan

http://www.lovemadeofheart.com/Advocacy-For-Mental-Health-Resources-for-Women,-Girls,-Boys,-Teens,-Men,-Families.html

aka  22-Day Coach Teresa helps clients identify their themes and archetypes; she is the author of:

Love Made of Heart: a Mother’s Mental Illness Forges Forgiveness in Daughter Ruby (novel used in college courses)

Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW (workbook for all genres),

“Talking to My Dead Mom” monologues

Coach Teresa’s website http://writingcoachTeresa.com

To subscribe to Coach Teresa’s Blog , please click here.

 

Happy Women’s History Month – March!

http://womenshistorymonth.gov/ is a website hosted by the Library of Congress

Happy International Women’s Day – March 8, 2014!

 

Click on names of organizations that empower women, girls, boys, men – I’ve hyperlinked so that one click sends you to that website while this blog post remains open.

Bay Area Impact making the world safer – one woman at a time

Women Rising (San Jose area) and their page “Global Movement

Girl Rising  “One Girl with Courage is a Revolution”

Community Violence Solutions provides support services to child and adult victims of sexual assault and their families through seven main programs.

One Billion Rising (one billion women)

Afghan Women’s Writing Project – To Tell One’s Story Is a Human Right

Women’s National Book Association was established in 1917, before women in America even had the right to vote.

 

Stamp Out Stigma, a community advocacy and educational outreach program dedicated to eradicating the stigma associated with mental illness

Bring Change 2 Mind is a national anti-stigma campaign founded by Glenn Close, The Balanced Mind Foundation, Fountain House, and Garen & Shari Staglin of the International Mental Health Research Organization (IMHRO), aimed at removing misconceptions about mental illness.

NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

 

The Anti-Trafficking in Persons Program (ATIP) identifies and serves victims of human trafficking, assisting foreign trafficking victims in the United States to become eligible for public benefits and services to the same extent as refugees.  The program also raises awareness of human trafficking through the HHS Rescue & Restore Victims of Human Trafficking campaign.

 

The Mission of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) is to organize for collective power by advancing transformative work, thinking and leadership of communities and individuals working to end the violence in our lives. NCADV strives to make issues relating to battered women and children one of the top ten political and legislative issues in the U.S.

 

The documentary FEMME: Women Healing the World – a celebration of women around the world actively transforming and healing our global society. Sharon Stone and leading experts in religion, science, history, politics and entertainment, discuss solutions to the multiple crises we are faced with. FEMME focuses on utilizing a feminine approach with nurturing energy to inspire a new hope for the future.

My dear colleague Margie Yee Webb is one of the producers of this extraordinary project.

There are thousands of organizations celebrating women and girls – may they all grow and grow and grow!

Sincerely,

 

 

 

 

 

Teresa LeYung-Ryan   aka  22-Day Coach Teresa helps clients identify their themes and archetypes; she is the author of:

Love Made of Heart: a Mother’s Mental Illness Forges Forgiveness in Daughter Ruby (novel used in college courses)

Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW (workbook for all genres),

“Talking to My Dead Mom” monologues

Coach Teresa’s website http://writingcoachTeresa.com

To subscribe to Coach Teresa’s Blog , please click here.

 

 

 

Dear Teresa,

Thank you for your honest and poignant writing. You have a gift of writing from the heart with a sincerity that is far-reaching. Heart-felt, heart-warming and perfect. Just what I needed to hear right now.

Marlene Cullen

Please click here for “Transforming Depression Into My Writer’s Muse” by Teresa LeYung-Ryan (on Marlene Cullen’s blog)

Love Made of Heart (a mother-daughter love story) by Teresa LeYung-Ryan

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Please click  here for Writing Teacher Marlene Cullen’s Book Review of Teresa LeYung-Ryan’s Love Made of Heart

Love Made of Heart by Teresa LeYung Ryan is excellent. I read it in two sittings. Dinner could wait. I had to find out what would happen to Ruby Lin. Teresa uses her novel to advocate compassion for mental illness and to help survivors of family violence find their own voices. Teresa’s writing is evocative and from the heart. . . she reaches deep and succeeds with her genuine and authentic voice. I want to read Love Made of Heart again. Yes, it’s that good.

Teresa LeYung-Ryan is an advocate for mental health.   Advocacy For Mental Health — Resources for Women, Girls, Boys, Teens, Men, Families

Love Made of Heart Gift Shop

Marlene Cullen

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Thank you, Writing Teacher Marlene Cullen, for reviewing my book Love Made of Heart on your blog, facebook, and Goodreads. Being the author of the book gives me strength to encourage other adult children of mentally ill parents to speak openly about the stigmas. Also, thank you again for letting me guest blog to talk about “Transforming Depression Into My Writer’s Muse”  You have my deep gratitude.

Sincerely,

Teresa LeYung-Ryan

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For more information about Marlene Cullen’s blog, writing workshops and Writers’ Forum of Petaluma, please click here.

Sincerely,

 

Teresa LeYung-Ryan

Teresa’s novel Love Made of Heart: a Mother’s Mental Illness Forges Forgiveness in Daughter Ruby is used in college courses and archived at the San Francisco History Center.

As author of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW, Coach Teresa helps clients identify their themes and archetypes.

http://writingcoachTeresa.com   Subscribe to  “Coach Teresa’s blog”

 

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Thank you, dear Marlene Cullen, for asking me to be your guest-blogger this week.

Here’s how I had started the post for Marlene’s blog (The Write Spot Blog–Sharing the Light):

What do I have to be depressed about?

I am blessed with friends, writing colleagues, housemates, spouse, family members, coworkers, a half-time day job, health insurance, my intellectual properties . . .  and what friends call a sense of humor.  But I don’t feel like laughing in my condition, maybe later. I may have inherited the depression gene (or genes) from my loving mother.

While I sympathized with my mother’s illness (my novel Love Made of Heart was inspired by her), it would take experiencing the illness myself before I could gain empathy.

 

To read more . . .  please visit Marlene Cullen’s blog post by clicking on Transforming Depression Into My Writer’s Muse — by Teresa LeYung-Ryan

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Hi Teresa,
Your guest blog post has been published:  http://thewritespot.us/marlenecullenblog/
Really nice!  Thank you again. You are just the best.
And, I plan on posting a review of Love Made of Heart for Sunday’s blog post.

Marlene Cullen

Website:  www.thewritespot.us

Blog:  www.thewritespot.us/marlenecullenblog/

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/MarleneCullensWritingWorkshops

 

For a list of resources, please visit my blog page Helpful Websites & Resources & Guides for Mental Health / Mental Illness / Depression.

Sincerely,

 

Teresa LeYung-Ryan

Teresa’s novel Love Made of Heart: a Mother’s Mental Illness Forges Forgiveness in Daughter Ruby is used in college courses and archived at the San Francisco History Center.

As author of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW, Coach Teresa helps clients identify their themes and archetypes.

http://writingcoachTeresa.com   Subscribe to  “Coach Teresa’s blog”

Any project or event that Kim McMillon is involved in is empowering!

I cheer for Kim McMillon and Everyone associated with 50 Years on the Black Arts Movement and Its Influences and the University of California, Merced!

Get tickets:  https://intelforms.ucmerced.edu/Form/Black_Arts_Movement

The conference is free for UC Merced students and Merced County youths, and $40 for the general public. To register or for more information about the conference, email Kim McMillon at kmcmillon@ucmerced.edu or go online.

Press inquiries should be directed to Scott Hernandez-Jason, shernandez-jason@ucmerced.edu

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/206503536195057/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/African-Diaspora-Graduate-Student-Association/260735274051324

 

Gala Host Belva Davis! at  50 Years on the Black Arts Movement and Its Influences!

 

 

Conference to Explore Black Arts Movement, Influences

The International Conference on the Black Arts Movement and Legacies will be held on March 1-2, 2014 at the University of California, Merced.

An international two-day conference on the Black Arts Movement will draw world-renowned scholars, musicians and artists, and offer new scholarship and perspectives on the 1960s and 1970s movement.

The International Conference on the Black Arts Movement and Legacies, on March 1-2, 2014 at the University of California, Merced, will provide an opportunity to hear and appreciate the elders, activists and artists who proclaimed “Black is beautiful” in their art, music, poetry and writings, while also shedding light on recent assessments of the movement.

“UC Merced is excited to contribute to the growing body of scholarship on the Black Arts Movement,” said Professor Susan Amussen, who’s also the director of the Center for the Humanities. “We look forward both to the presence of so many outstanding artists on campus and to the exploration of the impact of this important movement on mainstream American culture.”

Scholarly panels, poetry, art, theatre presentations and workshops on a wide variety of topics from the state of black studies in America to the impact of the Black Arts Movement past and present will be discussed.

“The Black Arts Movement and this UC Merced Conference comprise one whopping piece long missing from the jigsaw puzzle of cultural America,” said Al Young, California’s Poet Laureate Emeritus.

Askia Toure, Ishmael Reed, Marvin X, Eugene Redmond, Umar Bin Hassan, Nathan Hare, Emory Douglas, Judy Juanita, Avotcja and other key writers, musicians and artists from the Black Arts and Black Power movements will discuss their work and perform at the conference.

“No discussion of the Black Arts Movement or the radical left can take place without mentioning the late Amiri Baraka,” said event organizer and UC Merced graduate student Kim McMillon. “His words and art represent the beginnings of the movement, birthing black identity. Black Americans in the 1960s and 1970s created a new vision of blackness, one that celebrated the uniqueness of black culture.”

“The work of the Black Arts movement served as inspiration for many later artists, especially those from marginalized communities, and thus has shaped the flowering of artistic work over the last 40 years,” McMillon said.

The conference is co-sponsored by Associated Students of UC Merced, African Diaspora Student Association, the Center for the Humanities, Merced County Arts Council, Merced County Office of Education, Office of Student Life and The California Endowment.

 

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Any project or event that Kim McMillon is involved in is empowering!

I cheer for Kim McMillon and Everyone associated with 50 Years on the Black Arts Movement and Its Influences and the University of California, Merced!

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Dear Claudine,

Thank you for telling me about your benefit storytelling event this Saturday.

I’m cheering for you!  Thank you for raising awareness about mental illness in the Asian community.

Sincerely,

Teresa LeYung-Ryan

Thank You for Being Born

 Speaking the Truth About 

Mental Illness in the Asian Community

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2014 – 2:00PM
A benefit for Asian Community Mental Health Services

Claudine Woo

and

Kenny Yun

Stage Werx Theatre    446 Valencia (near 16th) . . . San Francisco, CA
     ”Thanks for Being Born” was established to raise awareness about mental illness in the Asian community, where it remains under-diagnosed and under-treated. It also provides an opportunity to recognize the extent of support and care provided by Asian Community Mental Health Services, for clients and their families. With culturally-sensitive support, families do not have to suffer alone in silence; they can get help for their loved ones.

2:00 - Performances 

How to get tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/538653   $20, $30 or $50

Claudine Woo

Thank You For Being Born

 and

Kenny Yun

Mom Spilled Guts on My Taters

3:15 - Reception
Yoyo Sushi Restaurant
3092 16th St @ Valencia
(across the street and around the corner from the theater)
Want to support our efforts but can’t attend?
 Please consider purchasing a ticket to make a
Donation
For additional information:

thankyouforbeingborn@gmail.com

FAQ 
Is it an appropriate show for my 14 year-old? 
A: Some of the content will deal with serious issues, so may not be suitable for sensitive individuals
Where do I park?
A: There is metered street parking, but that may be challenging.
There is also an hourly parking lot at 16th and Hoff (small side street).
Is the reception included as part of my ticket/donation?

A:Yes! All food and beverages are included.

Can I tell friends or bring them at the last minute?

A: Yes! Please share the word – we would love to have as many people join us as possible. People can make a donation at the door if they wish.

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Sincerely,

Teresa LeYung-Ryan

Teresa’s novel Love Made of Heart: a Mother’s Mental Illness Forges Forgiveness in Daughter Ruby is used in college courses and archived at the San Francisco History Center.

As author of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW, Coach Teresa helps clients identify their themes and archetypes.

http://writingcoachTeresa.com   Subscribe to  “Coach Teresa’s blog”

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Dec. 5, 2013 Director Emmanuel Itier so happy to show off FEMME: Women Healing the World movie poster enlarged by Producer Margie Yee Webb - photo by Teresa LeYung-Ryan, author of Love Made of Heart: a Daughter's Journey to Self-Forgiveness

Below is the announcement from Director Emmanuel Itier

Dear Friends:

We are proud to announce that FEMME: Women Healing the World (the movie) has been Awarded  #1 most important film of 2013 among Documentaries  that could change The World. Here is a link:

In January 2014 we are receiving several Awards at the Santa Barbara Pop Up Documentary film festival (  https://www.facebook.com/popupdoc  ) and in February FEMME will be celebrated at the Los Angeles Conscious Life Expo with multiple Awards for Sharon Stone and Marianne Williamson ( http://www.consciouslifeexpo.com/-film-festival-2014/femme-women-healing-the-world.html and a special panel: http://www.consciouslifeexpo.com/-panels-2014/divine-feminine-panel.html )
We are inviting you to give FEMME as a “Gift of Hope” these Holidays with a 30% discount from December 15, 2013 until Jan 5, 2014: wwww.FemmeTheMovie.com
Please spread the message of Peace and Love from FEMME through emails and all your social medias.

We Wish you a Blessed Holidays Season and a Happy New Year!
In Oneness,
Emmanuel and The FEMME Team.

FEMME Women Healing the World movie's Fab Four - Margie Yee Webb, Celeste Yarnall, Nazim Artist, Director Emmanuel Itier - photo by 22-Day Writing Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan here . . . so very proud of my dear colleague Margie Yee Webb, producer of FEMME and so happy for everyone involved in FEMME: Women Healing the World.
Author/Photographer of Cat Mulan’s Mindful Musings: Insight and Inspiration for a Wonderful Life  www.CatMulan.com a.k.a. FEMME producer Margie Yee Webb shares exciting news:

FEMME Producer Margie Yee Webb celebrates women, men, children, animals healing the world - photo by 22- Day Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan

NO. 10  VITALITY If vitality was within our grasp and everyone knew how to achieve it!

Vitality is a journey into the question: “What is true health?”. It looks at our current broken medical system and shows us a better way. With interviews from leading experts in the medical field, this movie helps us understand our personal role in health and empowers us to get up and get involved. Both inspiring and educational, this movie is helping reframe our understanding of health in a model that is Vitalistic instead of Mechanistic.

NO. 9  COMEDY WARRIORSIf we could all laugh at the hard stuff, maybe there could be less hard stuff.

Take five wounded veterans and four top comedians, the result… laughter and the healing power of humor.  “…I love these brave soldiers and how brutally honest and funny they are as comedians.” -Adam Sandler  “This is a brilliant and moving movie that finds big laughs… It made me proud to be an American and a comedian.” -Bill Maher  “There are legendary comics and then there are legends who are comics. God bless our protectors.” -Dennis Miller

 

No. 8  Cereal Killers 

If what we eat really dictates our health and weight, and knew and ate right for our body!

The film follows Donal – a lean, fit, seemingly healthy 41 year old man – on a quest to hack his genes and drop dead healthy by avoiding the heart disease and diabetes that has afflicted his family.

Can a controversial diet consisting of 70% fat provide the answers?

NO. 7  THE OTHER SHOREIf we didn’t let age or past failures stop us from continuing to live large and go after our dreams!

NO. 6  OCCUPY LOVE

If there were no 1% and no 99%, but just 100% people of Earth, living by the Golden Rule!

Join acclaimed director Velcrow Ripper (Scared Sacred, Fierce Light) on a journey deep inside the revolution of the heart that is erupting around the planet, as he asks the question, “How could the crisis we are facing become a love story?”  Occupy Love is  a moving, transformative, heartfelt film, featuring Ripper’s signature stunning visuals and rich soundscapes.  A  powerful cinematic experience that will leave audiences inspired.

 

NO. 5  SIRIUS

If aliens existed and everyone knew it and it wasn’t a secret anymore!

Sirius? is a feature length documentary that follows Dr. Steven Greer -?? an Emergency Medicine doctor turned UFO/ New Energy researcher – as he struggles to disclose top secret information about classified energy & propulsion techniques. Along the way, Dr. Greer investigates new technology and sheds light on criminal suppression. He accumulates over 100 Government, Military, and Intelligence Community witnesses who testify on record about their first-hand experiences with UFOs and with the cover-up.

NO. 4  TAKE BACK YOUR POWER

What if conspiracies were true then the truth would be…just truth! 

Utility companies are replacing electricity, gas and water meters worldwide with new generation “smart” meters at an unprecedented rate. Take Back Your Power investigates the benefits and risks of this ubiquitous “smart” grid program, with insight from insiders, expert researchers, politicians, doctors, and concerned communities. Transparency advocate Josh del Sol takes us on a journey of revelation and discovery, as he questions corporations’ right to tap our private information and erode our rights in the name of “green.”

NO. 3  HUMANO

If we realized we are all Human and just maybe we all came from the same place!

Alan is twenty-five years old and is looking for the reason of his existence, the meaning of life. A camera and a notebook filled with questions are the only items he needs to set off on a journey to the Andes range. With Placido, an Andean paqo (“priest”), he will be taken on an introspective journey such as has never been documented before.

 

NO. 2  SPARK

If we all lived in communities supporting each other and our individual and collective creativity!

Each year, 60,000 people from around the globe gather in a dusty windswept Nevada desert to build a temporary city, collaborating on a large-scale art and partying for a week before burning a giant effigy in a ritual frenzy. Rooted in principles of self-expression, self-reliance and community effort, Burning Man has grown famous for stirring ordinary people to shed their nine-to-five existence and act on their dreams.

NO. 1  FEMME: Women Healing the World
If “girls ran the world,” or better yet, if women and men “ruled” the world, in balance, together!

“A celebration of women around the world actively transforming and healing our global society. Sharon Stone and leading experts in religion, science, history, politics and entertainment, discuss solutions to the multiple crises we are faced with. FEMME focuses on utilizing a feminine approach with nurturing energy to inspire a new hope for the future.

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