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‘Psyche of Mirrors’ Book Launch

Past Event
  • Presented By: The Seventh Quarry Press
  • Tue 28 Aug 2012 at 7pm
  • Free Word Centre

The London launch of 'Psyche of Mirrors', with poetry readings by Carolyn Mary Kleefeld, welsh poet Peter Thabit Jones and American writers John Dotson and Lisa Maroski.

'Psyche of Mirrors' is California based Carolyn's eleventh book of poetry, prose and artwork. Her work is taught in universities and her books have been translated into Korean and Romanian.

Welsh poet Peter Thabit Jones will read from his latest book 'Poems from a Cabin on Big Sur' and other books. Peter has just returned as a writer in residence at Big Sur, where he worked on a comissioned drama about Big Sur sculptor Edmund Kara.

John Dotson has written the book 'Love Forever Meridian: Finding Dylan Thomas in the 21st Century.'

Admission is free. Contact info@peterthabitjones.com for further information and registration.


Carolyn Mary Kleefeld

Born in Catford, England, Carolyn Mary Kleefeld grew up in southern California, where she studied art and psychology at UCLA. In 1980 she moved to her cliff-side home high above the Pacific Ocean in Big Sur, California where she studies, writes, and paints amidst the surrounding wilderness.

A passion for creative expression and a lifelong fascination with spiritual transformation have propelled Carolyn to become an award-winning poet, writer, and artist. Her eleven books have been used as inspirational texts in universities and healing centers, and are featured along with the writings of seven other acclaimed woman writers in a continuing course, “The Other Half of the Sky: Eight Woman Writers,” at Swansea University in Wales. Carolyn’s books have been nominated for The Pushcart Prize. Her first book, Climates of the Mind, was translated into Braille by the Library of Congress. Her writings have been translated into Korean, Romanian, Arabic, and Bulgarian. Bilingual English-Korean editions of Soul Seeds: Revelations and Drawings and Vagabond Dawns will be published in the fall of 2012.

Over the past three decades, Carolyn has created an extensive and diverse body of paintings and drawings, ranging in style from romantic figurative to abstract. The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University exhibited a retrospective of Carolyn’s paintings and drawings in 2008 and published a catalog, Carolyn Mary Kleefeld: Visions from Big Sur, with commentary by Michael Zakian, PhD, curator and director. Carolyn’s art is featured internationally in galleries, museums, private collections, and multimedia presentations.


Peter Thabit Jones

Peter’s first American book of poems, The Lizard Catchers (Cross-Cultural Communications, New York, 2006) is now in its third edition. His poem Kilvey Hill has been incorporated into a permanent stained-glass window in the Saint Thomas Community School in Swansea, Wales.

He toured America, with Aeronwy Thomas, daughter of Dylan Thomas, for six weeks in 2008, giving readings and workshops from New York to California. The tour was organised by Stanley H. Barkan of Cross-Cultural Communications.

He has written, with Aeronwy, the first-ever Dylan Thomas Walking Tour of Greenwich Village, New York (2008) for the Welsh Assembly Government in New York. 

Peter returned to America twice in 2009, to attend the World Affairs Conference in Colorado, and to film a DVD of the Dylan Thomas Walking Tour in New York. He visited America for six weeks in 2010 for a third tour organized by Stanley H. Barkan. The world-premiere of his verse drama, The Boy and the Lion’s Head, took place in Monterey and he resided at Big Sur for the month of May as a poet-in-residence.

He returned to America three times in 2011; to New York, for the re-launch of the Dylan Thomas Walking Tour, now a weekly guided tour via New York Fun Tours; as writer-in-residence again in Big Sur, for two months; and to Boston, for performances of his The Boy and the Lion’s Head.

Peter completed a drama on Big Sur sculptor Edmund Kara, famous for his sculpture of  Elizabeth Taylor in the film The Sandpiper, on his return to Big Sur, in the summer of 2012.

John Dotson

John Dotson is a poet, artist, author, and educator. His poems are published internationally and translated into several languages. His plays have been performed in the US and UK. He works in performance art, film, video, and other art forms. John has taught philosophy, psychology, and media theory. www.acharantos.com.

Lisa Maroski

Lisa Maroski has written a novel, The One That Is Both, a metaphysical adventure story, and two plays with John Dotson. Her recent work can be found at www.lisamaroski.com. She is also a medical writer and grant-writing consultant.

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