I wrote this poetry book from the perspective of a daughter of displaced people & how residual effects of trauma still linger intergenerationally. My family were immigrants who had a path, yet still had no guidebook to this place called America & all of her confusing ways.

The book is mainly dedicated to protecting children from the harm it causes: being taken from their home, running with parents / relatives / strangers from traumatic conditions, and trying to adapt in a new environment so foreign from anything they’ve known. The cruel act of taking children away from their parents—after a long, harsh journey of emotional & physical distress—is psychologically damaging for life.

I’m donating 75% of proceeds of sales from my book to The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES).

Buy here & I will post each donation & tag (if you don’t prefer a shout-out, let me know). At this time, poetry can heal and create awareness, and mass action is what we need now more than ever. Let’s keep fighting & show that all humanity is not lost: WE CARE. And as Americans, as HUMAN BEINGS, we should be PROTECTING CHILDREN!

George @ MoMA

I’m very, very excited to announce that this amazing documentary about visionary Lithuanian, George Mačiunas, leader of the Fluxus movement, will be screened February 20 – 26 at MoMA.
Go see it if you’re in NYC! Bonus: listen for George’s mother’s voice in the film, you may hear someone familiar (my voice!). So incredibly humbled to be a part of this film.
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New Poetry Book Released • MOFA (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

I’ve written and produced my final poetry book, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). It took roughly two years to write. After one year of a frightening, violating political climate and three years’ estrangement from my family, this book was a labor of necessity. MOFA is an epigenetic poetic diary that explores inherited trauma from my mother’s side of the family (displaced from North Caucasus -> Lithuania -> Brazil -> Canada -> US) and my father’s side (displaced from Lithuania -> Germany -> US).

The book is now available via Lulu from Secret Airplanes Press.

New White Stockings Teaser Cinepoem • More to come, 2018 Stanford AABS

Here’s a brief cinepoem teaser to re-introduce my poetry collection, White Stockings (2015/2016). I put this together in Adobe Spark in about 5 hours (my second attempt at video production/editing). I’m collaborating with an actual, real-life, super-talented visual artist, Tess Cortes (check her out, she’s quite amazing). I’ll be unveiling about 5-6 cinepoems at the AABS Conference at Stanford in June.