Greetings, dreamers.

Welcome to my artist website.

I appreciate you stopping by.

 

Nothing here will compare to a Hawaiian lullaby sky. 

Still... 

[tips beach hat to Mr. van Gogh

“I am seeking,

  I am striving,

  I am in it with

  all my heart."

xoxo

Memoir musing...

In January 2021, I completed my MFA in Poetry from New England College. A major highlight of my time in the program was working in soulful partnership with my thesis mentor—the remarkable poet, educator, and generally brilliant artist--humanitarian, Chen Chen Under Chen's incomparable guidance, I produced my thesis manuscript, which is essentially the {{poof!}} first draft of a book. More than a debut collection of poetry, the work I birthed is a sort of...biopictography, if you will...a narrative opus of verse & visions...a hybrid memoir that fuses poems I penned and photographs I snapped, the lot of it crafted for the hopeful purpose of serving my fellow stardusters in search of whimsy and truth.

At any rate, I'm buckling down in wordtown, refining, adding to, and curating the work with my mind's eye set on aligning with a publisher who believes my little memoir that could WILL soon be docked on your nightstand as the literary harbor to your heart.

Chen had some gracious, beautiful words to share about the manuscript when he introduced me at my graduation ceremony & reading. Words such as (((blush)))...

"Here is a poet who refuses to settle for half-truths, restlessly striving instead toward a full aliveness that shines and shines with the integrity of hard-won, innermost knowledge."   

View the full transcription to read and learn more!

LEARN MORE...

Screen Shot 2021-08-25 at 3.27.16 PM.png
I
DGasparro_HeartOfSong.jpeg

My journey with song. . .

...unfolded across two decades of mic checks performed from the juncture of In i

Not--to--win--but---to--live--love--lose--learn--and--give--it,

hundreds of gigs, innumerable hours spent sleuthing the right word/note/melody/chord/rhythm/affordable but tasty bottle of red, one ocean, thirty states, tens of thousands of road warrior'd miles, bottomless mugs and thermoses of joe, five records, tons of homespun demos, a brimming treasure chest of live, recorded, and written collaborations with world--class musicians & tunesmiths, and most importantly, immeasurable joys shared with countless listening souls-turned-noble patrons and friends. But don't just take my word for it—take in these archived sights & sounds.

I       teaching.

Which is to say... I heart demystifying poetry for those who are at once alarmed & allured by its signature sucker punches of "huh?" and "aaaaah." I also love helping curious enthusiasts of the imaginative pen unearth and cultivate their authentic writing voice. To these ends--as--vital literary beginnings, it is my teaching soul's joy and honor to offer dynamic workshops, courses, and lectures in partnership with public libraries, universities, community colleges, and arts & wellness organizations, presented both remotely and live, sans fluorescent lighting whenever possible (as celebrated here in the photo gallery). 

Shutterbuggin'...

Art is everywhere.

I like taking pictures, to prove it.

IMG_9499.JPG
IMG_1884.JPG

Read my "formal" bio HERE.

  • Instagram
  • Facebook

© 2021 daniellegasparro.com

 All rights reserved.