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Julene Tripp Weaver writes poetry, prose poems, creative non fiction and experiments with a variety of forms. When she went back to school for her BA in Creative Writing she studied with Audre Lorde, Louse DeSalvo and Joan Larkin at the City University of New York. Since 1988, she has practiced Continuum Movement. She ran Muse To Write Circles for ten years integrating movement to evoke body-centered writing; she considers this part of the Transformation Language Arts Movement. For two years she ran her workshops at Seattle's Cancer Life Line. She moved to Seattle in 1989 where she enrolled at The Leadership Institute of Seattle, an experiential self-assessment program. Her Masters in Applied Behavioral Science is based in Family of Origin theory. Since then, she has worked in HIV/AIDS Services. A bulk of her writing stems from this work. She has created two spoken word performance pieces: "The Wailing Wall," which focuses on her work with AIDS, and "Spin the Bottle," which focuses on her writing about women's sexuality. Both these pieces use her words, experimental voicing, and Continuum Movement. In 2002 she began her study with Tom Spanbauer and his trademarked Dangerous Writing in Portland, Oregon; this inspired her to write fiction. She is now writing condensed and flash creative non fiction pieces.
Creative Nonfiction Writer
I am a teacher and writer who believes that creative nonfiction affords a writer tremendous creativity... within the vast constraints of truth.
My favorite expression of the power of the genre comes, ironically, from a work of fiction: Ursula Hegi's Stones from the River: "It had to do with what to tell first -- though it hadn't happened first -- and what to end the story with. It had to do with what to enhance and what to relinquish. And what to embrace." Indeed. For me, the arrangement of scenes creates the emotion in creative nonfiction. So, too, does the rhythm of the sentences. I am an auditory writer -- you can find my work in audio as well as print.
Editor of Tundra: The Journal of the Short Poem and Press Here haiku and tanka books. Vice president of the Haiku Society of America. Cofounded Haiku North America conference, 1991, and American Haiku Archives, 1996. Founded Tanka Society of America, 2000, president for 5 years. Board member of Washington Poets Association; contributing editor to Spring: The Journal of the E.E. Cummings Society; runs monthly SoulFood Poetry Night; formerly coordinator of Seattle's Haiku Northwest group. Focuses on haiku, but also writes longer poetry, translations, essays, and book reviews. Presented papers for American Literature Association, American Literary Translators Association, Haiku North America, Lewis Carroll Society. Gives frequent readings and workshops. Poetry translated into fourteen languages.
Creative Nonfiction Writer
Sasha Welland received a PhD in anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and is currently assistant professor of anthropology and women studies at the University of Washington. The Artist Trust, Blue Mountain Center, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Hedgebrook Retreat for Women Writers, and Millay Colony for the Arts have supported her work.