Sunday, October 9th, 2016, 2-4 pm. “SPIRIT POETRY SONG ACTION.” The David Randolph New Way Media Fest presents Shepherd Bliss, Kim Atkinson, Clara Bellino, the Word-Music Continuum, David Madgalene, Kirk Charles Heydt, and Steve Shain. FREE and open to the public. OCCIDENTAL CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental, CA. 707-328-3325.
Shepherd is a long-term member of the Veterans Writing Group, which published the award-winning book Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace, edited by Maxine Hong Kingston (www.vowvop.org), which includes his essay "Sound Shy." Shepherd has contributed to over two dozen books, including "Enduring War: Stories of What We've Learned," "Shattered Illusions: Analyzing the War on Terrorism," and "A Quiet Strength." His articles have been published by many publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle and Press Democrat. He has also appeared on the Oprah, Bill Moyers, and Phil Donahue TV shows and been interviewed by "60 Minutes" and the Wall Street Journal. He has operated the artisan Kokopelli Farm in the Sebastopol countryside for nearly two decades and specializes in agropsychology—farms as healing places. In the l960s, Shepherd was a student of David Randolph’s at Drew Theological Seminary. Dr. Bliss serves on the Board of the Numina Center for the Arts & Spirituality at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Santa Rosa. Shepherd’s presentation will be accompanied by Kim Atkinson.