Award-winning Poet, Activist,
Performer, and Teacher.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my website.

As a poet, activist, speaker and teacher for over 20 years, I have been dedicated to using my personal and professional experience, education and skills to assist people in exploring the truths of their own lives, in terms of both their histories and their dreams, the past that helps to shape us and the future that is always calling us forward to living into the lives that I believe want to live through us. I believe that when we live from the core of these truths, our lives offer us unending guidance and hope in building our personal and collective experiences into ones of truth, empowerment, justice and possibility.

My goals with this site are to provide each of you with not only information about my upcoming appearances and publications, but to also provide a wide array of resources focused on healing and empowerment, activism and advocacy, social and political engagement and creativity and spirituality, all of which have been the core of my own work and life for many years. If you’d like to learn more about me and my work, please visit the ABOUT DORA section, as well as the SERVICES I provide page.

The RESOURCES menu above provides a broad range of programs, organizations, websites and individuals to explore:

If you are in need of resources for healing and support around domestic and sexual violence, please visit the SURVIVOR’S HEALING page under the above RESOURCES menu option.

 If you are interested in activism and social/political engagement, please visit the ACTIVISM RESOURCES page.

If you are interested in POETRY AND WRITING resources or CREATIVITY and HEALING resources, both of these topics are covered in separate pages by those names. There are original poems of mine available on the POEMS page, and my BOOKS and COMPACT DISCS are detailed on those pages in the MARKETPLACE.

The TIMELINE offers an overview of my work, including speeches, performances, original workshops, radio and TV appearances and more. UPCOMING EVENTS and WORKSHOPS details where I will be appearing in the near future. An overview of all previous appearances is available on the PAST EVENTS page. Join me on FACEBOOK and check back on my BLOG.

If you are need of my BIO or PRESS PHOTO, please visit the PRESS section, where you can also find PRESS COVERAGE of my efforts and appearances.

Finally, I’ll be sending ONE monthly ENewsletter, for which you can sign up on the right sidebar, designed for announcements of my work and the work of other people and programs I support whose efforts address healing and activism, hope and possibility. Our world is changing and I’d love to share with you the pioneers who have dedicated themselves to furthering those changes that are bringing more personal empowerment, community involvement, justice and joy, and hope to us all.

For each of you doing your own work in your part of the world, I thank you for your courage and commitment and the examples you offer to all of us as we find our way into this world we are making together.

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