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Headlined Guests

Guest Occupation: Singer, Songwriter
Guest Biography:

Growing up, Claude Hall rarely called attention to herself. But years later, when life started falling apart (again), she realized she needed to find her voice…

Falling apart is what led her to her first voice lesson. Those lessons led her to her debut performance in Saint Barths. On that night, she found her center as the facets of her personality fell into place.

Claude has since held sold-out performances in some of Los Angeles’ most iconic venues… Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill Jazz, Feinstein’s at Vitello’s, and the Baked Potato. In New York, she’s headlined at the Metropolitan Room. And in Saint Barths, she was the featured artist of the 2019 Jazz Festival.

Evoking the cabaret divas of days gone by, and offering a jazz phrasing sprinkled with the soul of the popular music that has accompanied her journey, Claude’s musical styling has paved the way to her winning the 2016 Palm Springs Sings competition as well as being voted one of the top 100 unsigned artists by Music Connection Magazine in 2018.

In her EP, August Afternoon, she debuts as a songwriter with the title track. Its classic instrumentation reveals her capacity to embody the soul of jazz as well as weave lyrics which tell vivid and emotional stories. And with her single Punch Drunk, Claude spreads her wings with a musical composition which is both bouncy and smooth offering a tapestry upon which lays her rich and sultry vocals.

She also hosted a series of artist interviews on her YouTube Channel, The In-Side Out… a mix of music and conversation which reveal the person behind the persona of each of her guests.

Originally from NY, Claude Hall has lived in Paris and Saint Barths before moving to LA where
she currently resides.

Guest Category: Arts, Performing Arts, Entertainment, Games & Hobbies, Music, Philosophy, Society and Culture, Pop Culture
Guest Occupation: Keynote Speaker, Advocate, Author
Guest Biography:

Proven Human Services Counselor with 12+ years of experience. Worked in social services, non-profit, individual & family services, military, education, and hospitality fields. Passionate about helping others who are struggling to overcome problems with health, education, aging, addiction, and other life issues. Competitive skier and cooking enthusiast. Empathetic, organized, positive attitude.

✦ Legal System
✦ Social Field
✦ Legal Assistance
✦ Child Welfare
✦ Adoption
✦ Family Law Assistance
✦ Problem Solving
✦ Communication
✦ Critical Thinking
✦ Time Management

MS Office, Google Workspace, Impact, CPS System, Extended Reach, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, Blogger, WordPress, MLA Format, APA Style, LiveJournal, Dropbox

Guest Category: Business, Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Psychology, Emotional Health and Freedom, Mental Health, Personal Development, Self Help, Society and Culture
Guest Occupation: Australian Sports Hypnosis Performance & Recovery Specialist
Guest Biography:

Dr Sue Williams DQC is a passionate horse rider, devoted mother, and proud grandmother. Beyond these roles, she is deeply committed to making a difference in people's lives through the incredible power of natural therapies.

Sue's journey into the world of holistic healing began years ago, fuelled by a desire to explore alternative approaches to health and wellness. Today, she is a multifaceted practitioner, specializing in various modalities such as Clinical Hypnotherapy, Quantum Journeys Hypnosis, NLP, life coaching, mindfulness, and more.

With a Doctorate in Quantum Counseling, Sue has dedicated herself to mastering techniques that harness the body's innate ability to heal and thrive. One aspect of Sue's practice that she is particularly excited about is bioenergetics, where she utilizes cutting-edge technology like NES Health scans and infoceuticals to assess and rebalance the body's energy systems.

Whether it's for humans, horses, dogs, or cats, her goal is to optimize well-being and vitality on all levels.

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Self Help, Variety
Guest Occupation: Chairman of the Open World Leadership Center
Guest Biography:

Senator Ben Nelson served two-terms in the United States Senate representing the State of Nebraska from 2001-2013. During his tenure, he earned a reputation as a moderate who was adept at bringing his colleagues on both sides of the aisle together to find compromises on some of the biggest issues facing the country.

Earlier in his career, Senator Nelson was Governor of Nebraska. As governor, he pledged to bridge the gap between rural and urban areas to move forward as "One Nebraska" and to create a more efficient and effective state government. In 1994, he became the first Nebraska Governor to be elected to a second term in two decades.
 

Senator Nelson earned a bachelor's degree in 1963, a master's degree in 1965 and a law degree in 1970 — all from the University of Nebraska. Nelson also received the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Nebraska College of Law and an honorary doctor of letters from the University of Nebraska in 2013.

Guest Category: History, Kids & Family, Politics & Government, Self Help, Variety
Guest Occupation: Pianist, Composer, Songwriter
Guest Biography:

Composer Barron Ryan was recognized by Smithsonian Magazine as a Top 10 Innovator for his capacity to take inspiration from a narrative, discover its melody, and communicate a story through music.

Honey, If It Wasn’t For You is the true story of a song written by Barron Ryan and Don Feagin. Don, a professional

songwriter, wrote the words and Barron wrote the music. But this wasn’t your average collaboration. That’s because Don died in 1981—six years before Barron was even born.

Barron releases his original work without copyright. He gives it as an offering, with the hope that it will make the world a better place. When the work of writing or recording is finished, he prefers the results be enjoyed by any who might be edified by them. He made this ‘videobook’ of Honey, If It Wasn’t for You in that spirit: https://youtu.be/bEkL7ctysHI?si=rN4GRwswPF3J_Td_

Guest Category: Arts, Entertainment, Music, Society and Culture, TV & Film
Guest Biography:

Jack Lynch is the Senior Advisor for Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network. In this role, Jack continues to strengthen relationships with community leaders throughout the Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue donor network service area. He is also leading the efforts on the development of the Gift of Hope training center on Chicago’s southside. Prior to becoming the Senior Advisor, Jack served as Director of Community Affairs. In this role, Jack was responsible for developing and maintaining communications that promote organ and tissue donation within selected community groups and hospitals.

He also oversaw Gift of Hope’s African-American Task Force, composed of more than 100 volunteers who coordinate donor education programs in the African-American communities throughout Illinois and northwest Indiana. Before joining Gift of Hope in 1987, then known as the Regional Organ Bank of Illinois, Jack was a manager of hospital development for Sandoz Pharmaceuticals in Hanover, N.J. Recognized as a leader in addressing organ donation and education in the African-American community, Jack was appointed by former Illinois Governor George Ryan to serve as chairman of the Illinois Department of Public Health Organ Donation Committee in 1993. He carried out this role until 2003 and currently serves on Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s Organ Donation Advisory Board.

A member of numerous healthcare and donation-related organizations, he is a guest instructor at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, the University of Illinois School of Public Health in Chicago and the University of Illinois School of Medicine in Chicago. In addition to speaking at numerous hospitals and organ transplant programs across the country, Jack has been frequently interviewed on minority organ and tissue donation for local, regional and national media.

Guest Occupation: ley lines expert, dowsing expert, earth energies, Secrets of Sacred Sites
Guest Biography:

My guest Maria Wheatley is a second-generation dowser who was taught by European Master Dowers, her late father, and Chinese geomants. Maria is the U.K.’s leading authority on earth energies and ley lines that were skillfully incorporated into megalithic sites. Maria runs tours to sacred sites worldwide to experience Gaia’s numerous energies. Maria is an accomplished author of many books on sacred sites, dowsing, past life astrology. She discovered the Neolithic longheaded long-lost civilization of the British Isles that had a mythical appearance and memories of them were woven into legends of the Fey. Maria has recently discovered that certain geodetic energies correspond to healing musical harmonics – the Music of the Earth that flows into sacred sites. She has studied Neolithic Britain and Bronze Age prehistory at Bath and Oxford University and works closely with Gaia’s healing energies that can help the body to heal itself. Maria is also a Druid who follows the Celtic Path, and she has also written many diploma courses and runs EsotericCollege.com that offers certificated courses on holistic subjects. Maria teaches advanced dowsing techniques which are not taught anywhere else in the world. 

To learn more: EsotericCollege.com and TheAveburyExperience.co.U.K 

Maria and I and other notable presenters are speaking in September at the Portal to Ascension Glastonbury UK Conference. Tickets https://ascensionglastonbury.com/ref/2/ 

Guest Category: Earth & Space, Health & Lifestyle, History, Paranormal, Physics & Metaphysics, Science, Spiritual, Theory & Conspiracy, Travel & Leisure
Guest Occupation: Dispatcher, and founder of The Raspy Dispatcher LLC
Guest Biography:

Ashley has been a 911 dispatcher since 2018 after experiencing the lack of information available to folks interested in this career she created The Raspy Dispatcher, an online resource for current and aspiring dispatchers.

Guest Category: Education, Courses & Training, Politics & Government, Psychology, Emotional Health and Freedom, Mental Health, Personal Development, Self Help, Technology
Guest Occupation: Visionary, Speaker, Bestselling Author, Coach, Surfer, Dad
Guest Biography:

Marcel Kuhn

Website: https://unthinkableliving.com, Unthinkable Living

Location: St. Gallen, Switzerland

Occupation: Marcel Kuhn - Visionary I Speaker I Bestselling Author I Coach I Surfer I Dad

Pitch:

Catching Waves and Empowering Dreams - I am passionate about sharing two important messages with the world.

1. - Is about Surfing to an Unthinkable Life and catching your dreams.

2. - STOKED - Empower Your Children to Catch Their Dreams - guides divorced dads to build relationships with their children, while they can't be physically present, practice self-love, and empower their kids to catch their dreams. As a surfer dad, I know firsthand the challenges of balancing parenthood, personal growth, and pursuing our passions. That's why I want to help other divorced dads to overcome these obstacles and become the best version of themselves, for themselves, and for their kids.

Through my experience and teachings, I want to help divorced dads and anyone who wants to live a life of purpose and fulfillment. Join me in exploring the unthinkable, catching our dreams, and empowering the next generation to do the same. Let's ride the waves of life together and positively impact the world. 

BIOGRAPHY:

Marcel Kuhn is a Swiss visionary speaker, author, coach, father, dreamer, and soul surfer who passionately explores the edges of his comfort zone and what it means to create an unthinkable reality through FLOW: Finding Love and Oneness Within. Marcel has spent over a decade immersed in personal development, traveling globally to work with top experts, from coaches, speakers, and trainers to spiritual healers and shamans. Through his impeccable storytelling, discoveries, and practices, Marcel guides and inspires others to connect with their dreams and do the unthinkable while creating joy and fulfillment along the way.

Guest Category: Literature, Business, Earth & Space, Entertainment, Health & Lifestyle, Philosophy, Personal Development, Self Help, Society and Culture
Guest Occupation: co-owner U.S. Athletic Training and clinical director of Gary Guerriero P.T., P.C.
Guest Biography:

Gary Guerriero is the co-owner U.S. Athletic Training and clinical director of Gary Guerriero P.T., P.C. Prior to opening U.S.A.T.C. in 1994, Gary was head Physical Therapist for the New York Rangers from 1983-1993. Gary also worked with the New York Knicks and the New York City Ballet. At the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, Gary was the Head Athletic Trainer for U.S.A. Baseball and U.S.A. Track and Field. His involvement with Team U.S.A. also included time with the bobsled, luge, and alpine events at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York. In the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Gary was the physical therapist and strength coach for the Modern Pentathlon.

Since opening U.S.A.T.C., Gary has treated numerous world-class and professional athletes, Billboards Top 100 artists and performers, industry icons, and business executives. He was named one of the "55 Best Trainers" in America and #1 in New York. He has been featured most recently in the Financial Times, New York Times, Daily News, Men's Health, Men's Journal, Elle Magazine, and numerous appearances on Eye Witness News with Dr. Jay Adlersberg. Gary has been treating patients for over 35 years and has close relationships with top orthopedic surgeons across the country. He holds a degree in Physical Therapy from Downstate Medical School.

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Self Help, Variety
Guest Occupation: Program Director @ IRL Social Skills
Guest Biography:



Guest Category: Education, Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Psychology, Self Help, Variety
Guest Occupation: Author, Educator, Administrator, Advisor
Guest Biography:

David Paul Schafer has worked in the cultural field for more than fifty years as an author, educator, administrator, and advisor.  He was originally trained as an economist and taught the principles of economics, international development, and the history of economic thought at Dalhousie University and Acadia University before entering the cultural field.

Paul was Assistant Director of the Ontario Arts Council from 1967 to 1970, a founder and director of the Graduate Program in Arts Administration at York University from 1970 to 1974, and Coordinator of the Cooperative Programme in Arts Administration and the Cooperative Programme in International Development at the University of Toronto from 1984 to 1990.  He has taught arts administration and cultural policy at several universities in North America, written many articles and books, and undertaken several missions for UNESCO throughout the world, conducted major projects and assignments for Canada’s Department of External Affairs (now Global Affairs Canada), and assisted many other organizations in Canada and other parts of the world.

In 1989, Paul created the World Culture Project which he directs today.  Believing that humanity has only scratched the surface of the rich potential that culture and cultures possess to play a crucial role in the world of the present and the future, development of this project has led to numerous publications on this matter.  Included here are such books as: Culture – Beacon of the Future; Revolution or Renaissance: Making the Transition from an Economic Age to a Cultural Age; The Age of Culture; The Secrets of Culture; The Cultural Personality; Will This Be Canada’s Century?; The True North: How Canadian Creativity Changed the World; Culture and Politics in Canada: Towards a Culture for All Canadians; The Arts: Gateway to a Fulfilling Life and Cultural Age, and The World as Culture: Cultivation of the Soul to the Cosmic Whole published in 2022.


His latest book is The Great Cultural Awakening: Key to an Equitable, Sustainable, and Harmonious Age which was published in January, 2024.  In it, Paul makes the case that humanity should enter a cultural age in the future in order to  come to grips with the life-threatening and dangerous problems that exist in the world today as well as create much more happiness, equality, peace, order, sustainability, and stability in the future.

Paul is deeply committed to the centrality of culture, cultures, the arts, humanities, and creativity in global development and human affairs.

 

Guest Category: Arts, Business, Kids & Family, Psychology, Society and Culture
Guest Occupation: Singer, Songwriter, Vocalist
Guest Biography:

Johanna Beekman is one of a kind. Whether she’s leading a kirtan, performing original music at a concert or festival, or guiding students through a Lullaby Yoga session, she warms hearts with her soulful music and her soaring spirit. Her velvety voice, her creative interpretations of music from various world traditions, her gorgeous original songs, and her open-hearted presence come together to create unforgettable musical experiences.

Johanna wrote her first song when she was 9 and did her first solo performance at 10—a benefit for a children’s charity in which she performed John Lennon’s Imagine. By the time she was 20 she had performed in clubs, coffee houses, colleges, benefit concerts, rallies, festivals, musical theatre, rock and world-beat bands, gospel and women’s community choirs, improvisational acting and singing troupes, and films.

Johanna’s songwriting knows no stylistic boundaries. Her catalog includes heart-opening folk-pop songs, gospel hymns, a cappella anthems, classic soul songs, and jazz-infused love ballads. And these songs haven’t gone unnoticed. One of them, Free to Decide (Breathe), has been performed by several choirs and a cappella groups across the United States and Canada.

But for the last few years she’s been focused mostly on creating original kirtan—sacred music from the traditions of yoga. Many of her kirtan compositions interweave mantras and chants from other cultures with their English translations. Some are unison meditations, some are ecstatic call-and-response jams, and all are paths to a deeper awareness of Source.

In recent years Johanna has been a featured artist and/or singing yoga instructor at major yoga and music festivals across North America. She has collaborated with world-renown musicians and yoga teachers. When she’s not touring she spends time in Oregon doing yoga, singing, and giving back to her community.

Johanna loves singing for yoga classes, including Lullaby Yoga—her one-of-a-kind blend of music and restorative/yin yoga. In Lullaby Yoga, Johanna gently guides participants through a series of relaxing poses while singing and playing soothing songs and chants to them. The music facilitates the process of letting go by providing a luxurious, peaceful space for the mind to rest while the body relaxes, rebalances, and restores itself.

Johanna also provides music for RhythmAsana, a unique, joyous blend of yoga, movement meditation, dance, and global rhythms. For RhythmAsana events, the band’s engaging blend of Johanna originals and traditional music from around the world inspires inner and outer movement.

In 2016 Johanna released Heart Beats One, her fourth CD and her first-ever album of original kirtan music. The album, two years in the making, is a critically-acclaimed collection of Johanna’s soulful and strikingly original interpretations of sacred chants. It features guest appearances by Ben Leinbach, Hans Christian, Benjy Wertheimer, Jaya Lakshmi, Ananda, Gina Sala, Daniel Paul, and other esteemed members of the global kirtan community.

While she was completing her year-long Heart Beats One tour Johanna embarked on a new recording project: a collection of soothing songs for the soul in the spirit of Lullaby Yoga. Working with award-winning producer Ben Leinbach and a handful of gifted sacred music players, she created Beyond Love, an intimate and serene musical experience.

Johanna’s singing has always had a soulful, gospel-like quality. During her teenage years she sang in a gospel choir let by Reverend Isaiah Jones (who toured with the Fifth Dimension before becoming a minister). Mantra Soul, her followup to Beyond Love, bridges the worlds of Eastern kirtan and Western gospel with an irresistible collection of upbeat songs and chants.

During the pandemic Johanna explored a variety of ways to share her practice with others via the Internet. She developed and offered a series of Lullaby Yoga videos and a one-on-one online version of her Free Your Soul’s Voice playshop. She created and hosted One Heart TV, a series of insightful and inspiring interviews with many well-respected members of the yoga and kirtan communities. She made guest Zoom appearances on online programs and virtual church services. And she taught a variety of internet-only classes.

Early in the pandemic she discovered a mantra for healing by a beloved Indian teacher. With his blessings, she transformed that mantra into a beautiful, powerful chant: Mantra Shagha: Health and Healing. She recruited many of the best known and loved kirtan artists in the West to record the chant and make a remarkable music video. Everyone donated their time so that all of the proceeds from sale of the recording could go to support children in Nepal.

Johanna continues to explore new musical avenues in the studio and on the road. Her more recent work includes Heart Beats One: Feel the Heartbeat, an all-English version of her popular song; an electronic remix by Equanimous of her transcendental Om Shanti chant; collaborative singles with Joss Jaffe and with Mikey Palker; and Yoga Soundtrack, Volume 2, a meditative collaboration with long-time producer Ben Leinbach.

Johanna continues to perform and teach at festivals, studios, churches, and other venues across the country. But she’s also become more involved in making those events happen, co-producing Bhakti Love and helping coordinate other festivals. She and Sherrie Howard recently launched their first-ever week-long Sacred Chant and Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica. And Johanna recently became a voting member of the Recording Academy, producers of the Grammy Awards.

As Johanna’s journey continues, her music and her spirit reach more people around the planet. We’re all on this journey together, and our hearts beat as one.

Guest Biography:

Mikkal Harris, LCPC, a Clinical Division Director, relationship and interpersonal skills coach, and the Founder and Host of “The Blue Room Podcast,” unravels the complexities of these differences that contribute to misunderstandings and tensions between partners. In this thought-provoking conversation, we aim to provide valuable insights and practical strategies for couples striving to cultivate understanding, respect, and harmony in their relationships.

Whether you're navigating the early stages of marriage or seeking to strengthen an existing partnership, this episode offers valuable perspectives and tools for fostering greater connection and intimacy amidst the inherent differences between men and women.

Discover:

  • Why critiquing your husband or mate can be heard as "You're trying to be my daddy!"
  • Why it’s hard for men to learn from their wives what they should’ve learned from their fathers
  • Why we can’t learn from someone that we don’t see ourselves in, don’t identify with
  • Why rites of passage into manhood are important to having healthy relationships
  • How a lack of healthy role models sets us up for unhealthy relationships
  • How your spouse or partner are your mirror – reflecting your values, standards & generational patterns
  • Everyone has expectations for marriage but often lack the emotional skills to create their vision
  • Are you in love with a fantasy, not the reality of your spouse or mate
  • How lack of self-awareness, fantasy, unexpressed expectations, unconscious family blueprints, and making your spouse responsible for your happiness undermine and damage relationships & marriage.
  • The importance of adaptation, flexibility, negotiation & accountability to maintain connection and like-mindedness as people change over the course of a marriage.

If you don't want the same thing and aren't going the same place, then what are you doing?! Divorcing! 

Mikkal Harris, LCPC, has more than 15 years of clinical experience, is a Clinical Division Director, a relationship and interpersonal skills coach, and Trauma Trainer who brings healing to men with past trauma. He’s also a dynamic public speaker and the Founder and Host of “The Blue Room Podcast,” where he provides a space for men to heal and to be seen, while challenging them and helping them grow in all areas that matter.

Links

YouTube.com/@moveyourlf

FB: www.facebook.com/mikkal.harris.3

IG: www.instagram.com/mikkalharris

LI: www.linkedin.com/in/mikkal-harris-54aab873/

Guest Occupation: Business Owner, CEO, Retired NFL Athlete,
Guest Biography:

Andrew Sendejo: From Gritty Safety to Savvy Entrepreneur.

12-year NFL veteran Andrew Sendejo transitioned seamlessly from the gridiron to the boardroom. This San Antonio native defied the odds, rising from an undrafted All-American at Rice to an NFL starter. His journey is a testament to resilience and business acumen.

On the Field: Sendejo’s work ethic propelled him from the UFL to a starting role on the Minnesota Vikings’ record-setting defense (2017).** Off the Field:** He established Dejo Capital, a thriving real estate investment firm.

A Career-Ending Concussion ignited a new passion. Sendejo co-founded BrainTree Nutrition, a research-driven brain health supplement company committed to athlete well-being. BrainTree donates to Alzheimer’s research, reflecting Sendejo’s dedication to the cause.

Beyond Business: Sendejo actively supports Rice Athletics. He secured the first team-wide NIL deal with BrainTree and mentors student-athletes. His philanthropy extends to the Andrew Sendejo Nutrition Center, providing state-of-the-art facilities for Rice athletes.

Sendejo’s entrepreneurial spirit extends to angel investing with 4th & 1 Ventures. He’s a leader both on and off the field, empowering the next generation of entrepreneurs.


Andrew Sendejo’s story is one of grit, vision, and giving back. He’s a role model for aspiring entrepreneurs, proving that success can be built on resilience and purpose.

Guest Category: Business, Careers, Games & Hobbies, Hobbies, Society and Culture, Sports & Recreation, Professional, Variety
Guest Occupation: Singer/Songwriter
Guest Biography:

Piper Hays is an Americana-soul singer/songwriter from Los Angeles.

She began her musical journey overseas while on various adventures through Africa and Europe.  Piper realized the traditional path was not for her, so she packed a backpack and her guitar and started playing on the streets of Spain, Germany, and England to survive while so far away from home.

Her music can be described as soulful Americana music, but Piper herself refers to it as “Astro-Soul” which is a mix of all her various influences including Billie Holiday & Norah Jones to Lead Belly & Led Zeppelin, Shakey Graves and Florence and the Machine and many more.

Her producer Matt Ross-Spang explains that “Piper’s music has moments of cool darkness with a real grown-up groove”. During the pandemic, Piper redirected her path from helping others through music to working directly with people struggling with mental health and substance use disorders which she has been doing for the past 4 years. She is excited to dedicate more time to music and continue helping people wherever she can.

More About Piper Hays at; Instagram: @piperhays www.instagram.com/piperhays/

Guest Category: Arts, Performing Arts, Entertainment, Music, Society and Culture, Pop Culture, TV & Film
Guest Biography:

Lee Rossi is a winner of the Jack Grapes Poetry Prize. He is the author of five poetry books Say Anything (Plain view Press) Darwin’s Garden (Moon Tide Press, 2019), Wheelchair Samurai (Plainview Press, 2011), Ghost Diary (Terrapin Press, 2003) and Beyond Rescue (Bombshelter Press, 1992.

Individual poems have appeared in The Southwest Review, Rattle, Spillway, The Chiron Review,
The Southern Review and many other venues. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and a Contributing Editor to Poetry Flash.

Guest Category: Arts, Performing Arts, Literature, Entertainment, Philosophy, Society and Culture, Pop Culture, TV & Film
Guest Occupation: Award-Winning Singer/Songwriter
Guest Biography:

Anika Paris is an award-winning singer/songwriter for theater, television and film. Her poems have appeared in Poetic Voices without Borders II, The Mom Egg, Extreme, Ghost Anthology, Whirlybird Anthology of Kansas City Writers and is a co-author of the book Woven Voices: Three Generations of
Puertorriquena Poets Look at Their American Lives (Scapegoat Press) which was nominated for the International Latin Poetry Award. Most recently, her poetry has been chosen to be on NASA’s Codex Polaris rocket mission to the moon in Nov 2024! Anika’s written two music educational books (Hal Leonard) and teaches at UCLA and the Grammy.

Guest Category: Arts, Performing Arts, Literature, Entertainment, Games & Hobbies, Society and Culture, Pop Culture, TV & Film, Variety
Guest Occupation: Author, Poet
Guest Biography:

Florence Weinberger is the author of six published collections of poetry, most recently These Days of Simple Mooring, winner of the Blue Light Book Award.

Six times nominated for a Pushcart, her poetry has appeared in literary magazines, including Nimrod, Poetry East, Rattle, Baltimore Review, Calyx, The River Styx, December, North American Review, The Los Angeles Review, Shenandoah and numerous anthologies.

Guest Category: Arts, Literature, Entertainment, Games & Hobbies, Society and Culture, Pop Culture, TV & Film, Variety
Guest Occupation: Poet, Award-Winning Author, Founding Publisher, Editor,
Guest Biography:

Gloria Vando’s is the author of three poetry books, Promesas: Geography of the Impossible, Shadows and Supposes (Arte De Publico) and Woven Voices (Scapegoat Press) and has won numerous awards, including the Poetry Society of America’s di Castagnola Award, Latino Literary Hall of Fames: Best Poetry Book of the Year, and others. She’s founding publisher/editor of Helicon Nine, which received the Kansas Governor’s Arts Award, is a contributing editor to the North American Review, and serves on the boards of the Venice Arts Council and Beyond Baroque in Los Angeles.

Guest Category: Arts, Literature, Visual Arts, Entertainment, Games & Hobbies, Society and Culture, Pop Culture, TV & Film