I write about the misunderstood, the misfits of life, the outcasts, and sometimes those alienated characters who are unable to escape the forces of their circumstances. My writing reflects my real life and my personal experiences. The Beats heavily influence me; Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William Burroughs. The poetry of Lou Reed, Patti Smith, and Jim Carroll have also made a considerable impact on my work. I greatly admire the work of James Baldwin as well.
My childhood consisted of a lot of travel, and I grew up all over the country. No, I was not an Army brat—my mother had wanderlust. I was orphaned at the age of fourteen and pushed out into the world to fend for myself. I began learning the guitar and worked as a singer-songwriter in the lost Los Angeles folk scene of the 1970s and 1980s. For many years I worked in collaboration with a lyricist, and poet TJ Nichols, until finally breaking off on my own with my unique quasi-jazz-oriented style.
After 12 years of writing songs and composing music, I left Los Angles to devote myself to spiritual practices. Always having a passion for eastern philosophy, I began delving into yoga and meditation, picking up where I left off before playing music began. I studied the teachings of Sri Ramakrishna, Swami Sivananda, Aurobindo, and Rammurti S. Mishra, MD, as well as the teachings of Buddhist Monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, and many others.
From an early age, I understood that everything on earth is deeply interconnected through Spirit. I have always had a strong connection to the natural world. At the age of twelve, a subtle healing energy from my grandmother was transferred to me from her hands to mine as she left her physical body. Ever since then, I have had the ability to feel others energy and physical pain. While living in Sonoma County in the 1990s, I was called to study Shamanism and Native American Wheel Work with David Wolf. Soon after this, I became involved with energy healing and attained Master Level Reiki certification through the Sonoma County Center for Reiki.
Conscious of out-of-body, mystical experience, I studied ritual in Colorado with an African ritualist and moved into the study of authentic dance under the direction of Gabrielle Roth in Mill Valley, California. I became certified in bodywork and Polarity at the Institute for Conscious Bodywork, in San Rafael California. Other areas of study include Peter Mandel's Color Puncture, shiatzu, T'ai Chi under Kevin Powers and sound healing.
Having many lives and witnessing many stories along my journey, keeping journals and writing poetry, I have at last decided to commit myself exclusively to my writing.
I have often been considered eccentric by others and an outcast for the most part as I am hard to categorize. I live somewhat of a solitary life. I currently reside in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Bob Donlon (Rob Donnelly), Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg, Robert LaVigne, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti (left to right) stand outside City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco, 1956. Photo by © Allen Ginsberg/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images. https://www.poetryfoundation.org/collections/147552/an-introduction-to-the-beat-poets
Lou Reed 2003 Charlie Rose Interview
Patti Smith, Crystal Ballroom, Portland, Oregon Picture by: Shirley Obitz