I am a yoga teacher and yoga studio owner who writes poetry, fiction, Young Adult fiction, non-fiction, art criticism, literary criticism, etc. I'm also an editor and co-translator of Japanese literature and a former art critic for Art in America.
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
I've published 17 books but am most proud of my Amazon #1 best-seller in Spiritual Books, "Yoga Poems: Lines to Unfold By" and its follow-up, "Yoga Heart: Lines on the Six Perfections."
Other favorites are "Sacred Sanskrit Words: For Yoga, Chant and Meditation" and the "Japan Journals 1947-2004" of eminent film critic Donald Richie, which I edited.
I often write with my husband, poet and MG novelist Shogo Oketani, which keeps us on our toes--"Designing With Kanji: For Surface, Skin, and Spirit," and translation of modernist Japanese war-protest poet Ayukawa Nobuo ("America and Other Poems"). We will publish our debut Young Adult novel in November, 2013 about a female ninja and her fight to save her indigenous tribe, called "Jet Black and the Ninja Wind" (Tuttle/Simon & Schuster).
I have had writing published in Yoga Journal, Shambhala Sun, Huffington Post, Harpers, NPR's Sound of Writing, etc.
I'm the winner of a PEN Syndicated Fiction Award, PEN Josephine Miles Poetry Award, Grants from NEA/NEH, the U.S.-Japan Friendship Commission Award for the Translation of Japanese Literature at Columbia University.
Co-author of cult favorite film "Milk" which premiered at Berlin Film Festival.
Media outlets that I currently write for:
Huffington Post, Redroom, Shambhala Sun, New York Times "Motherlode" column online (forthcoming), Yoga Journal, Yogini (Japan), Yoga International.New York Times "Motherlode" column.
Regular columnist for "Doubletake" column in Wingspan, ANA airlines in-flight magazine.
You can read a segment of my memoir-in-progress on adopting in Japan in the New York Times here:
Leza, just linked your Mother's Day post to one I put up by Barbara Rockman at Mother Writer Mentor--just gorgeous. We are always looking for guest posts on any aspect of being a writer and a mother; this month, we are doing an extended look at Mother's Day, even post Mother's Day reveries. Thanks for the beautiful read.
I'm happy to respond to your friend invitation. I'm new at this site and don't really know my way around yet. I keep busy working on my new sequel to my memoir, and working on quilts. I'm a retired public school teacher ... thirty years in general and special education classrooms K-8, all grades, all subjects. I loved my job and did not want to retire, ever, but had to when multiple sclerosis ate away at my memory. Parents are not happy to have their children in a classroom where the teacher can't remember their names. I left sadly, two years before I would have had a full pension. I felt I'd failed in meeting my goal. That's why I wrote the memoir, Multiple Sclerosis, an Enigma. Working now on its sequel, Multiple Sclerosis, Melanoma, and More. I look forward to making acquaintance with other authors here. I do schedule local authors as speakers for our Friends of the Library Local Author Events once a month, and that is a nice social group. But I miss being a colleague of talented teachers. From the halls of Middle School to my quiet living room is quite a change. But I am enjoying the freedom of a retired lifestyle, and I am writing! You can see my books at Amazon or Goodreads. I'll watch for yours :)
Leza, Welcome to the novelist group. If you haven’t done so already, you might introduce yourself by telling us what you’re working on in the “Show Me Your Novel and I’ll Show You Mine” discussion.
We do a live chat at 1 EST on the first Wednesdays of each month, with instructions on how to participate in the "Our Water Cooler" box near the top of the group page. And we save the wall for discussion, but welcome links to helpful blog posts on the “Links to Helpful Blog Posts for Writers” discussion thread and to published books in the “Our Published Novels” one.
It’s been so long since I’ve interacted with anyone here. I’ve been outlining two new novels I’m working on this year and I’ve also been working on keeping my online Magazine, Write 2 Be Magazine,…"