The opportunity to speak, teach, or read is always a profound pleasure.

A Holy Fool’s Errand: a lecture on how writers evoke awakenings in literature, delivered at the Bennington Writing Seminars. The song at the beginning of the lecture is my setting of nine lines from Shakespeare’s King Lear to the tune of an Irish song, “The Wexford Carol.”

More teaching

From time to time I deliver Quirky Sermons that usually touch onsocial justice, contemplative prayer, spirituality for skeptics, and/or art. (And, sometimes, tattoos.) The videos linked here were recorded at a large nondenominational church on Long Island where, from 2013-2018, I was one of three people who gave the Sunday sermons. I’m taking a hiatus for a while, for lots of reasons—doctrinal, political, personal, spiritual—but if you like TED-talk-y thoughts from a half-skeptic/half-mystic/all-misfit, you might enjoy the archive.

I was also privileged to join  Hiroshima survivor Seiko Ikeda and family members of 9/11 victims on a multi-city speaking tour for nonviolence.


I’ve performed at festivals and whaling museums, at the Bennington Writing Seminars, and locally here on Long Island. Messy little recordings with my husband Rob Hinst (and assorted dear friends) are collected in a Song Series on this blog.