Heard: Saafir

From my blog: Heard.  Heard: Saafir

Saafir is immensely creative, acutely intelligent, and remains humble, despite his legacy.


The Interview:
Keeping it lit with Saafir.

In Honor and Remembrance of My Father

I still can't believe I'm his daughter. I was always, and am still, so very proud of him. Listening to him play the piano makes me cry because I love him so much.

Ensemble SurPlus

"Ensemble SurPlus was founded in 1992 by the eminent pianist and conductor James Avery (1937–2009). The ensemble performs chamber music ranging from duos to large instrumental combinations. Its primary objective is to give new or unknown works an optimal performance, regardless of compositional style or technical and intellectual demands. The ensemble has also collaborated closely with the Experimental Studio of the German Radio (SWR). Numerous CD productions and recordings (Ferneyhough, Clark, Spahlinger, Mahnkopf, Wolpe with Heinz Holliger) document the ensemble’s great versatility."

“Sound Series: Ensemble SurPlus.” The Andy Warhol Museum, www.warhol.org/event/sound-series-ensemble-surplus/.

The Andy Warhol Museum

2017

Hello, World!

We're halfway through 2017!

I have been writing, but it's been of the academic variety. Not easy.

I also took a beginning screenwriting course, and it really opened my eyes. Under my professor's direction, I learned to write in a completely new way. I will continue with his advanced class, throw out everything I've written before, and see what emerges.

2016

I am so grateful to and have so much love for those who have supported my writing. Going forward, I want to write about real-life struggle and of course, comedy with heart. Most importantly, I seek to find my inspiration from Jesus; I have experienced God's grace and miracles in my life -- and there are many more stories to tell. 

2015 TeaDance Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

I was thrilled to learn that Drangels was the winner of the Best Short Screenplay award at the 2015 TeaDance Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in Greenville, North Carolina! I am so grateful to Tommy Faircloth, Robert Zobel, James Moretz and Jeremy Jordan for this honor. Thanking God for this!

2015 TeaDance Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

I was so happy to find out that my screenplay, Drangels, was selected as a finalist at the 2015 TeaDance Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in Greenville, North Carolina! I'm so grateful to Tommy Faircloth for this honor and for giving me hope that my script may come to life! It's just so awesome to feel that one has been heard. Thanking God for this!

Twitter Short Story Contest

I came across the Twitter Short Story Festival on FilmFreeway and I'm so glad I did, it was such fun! A big thank you to Matthew Toffolo for selecting my story!

Broad!

I spent a day with happy tears when I found out I was to be included in Broad! To appear alongside such breathtaking and unique talent was almost more than I could bear! Read more about Broad! and the important work they are doing for our artistic community. A warm thank you to Editor-in-chief, Heather Lefebvre; Poetry Editor, T.R. Benedict; and Contributing Editor, Brittany Goss for this honor.


Valley Contemporary Poets

Out of the blue I received an e-mail from Poet, Jeffrey Alan Rochlin inviting me to read for Valley Contemporary Poets hosted by Cobalt Poets. It was there that I first dared to read my poetry in the voice that comes from my heart instead of the nervous stutter I usually fight through. I am so grateful to Jeffrey for giving me that opportunity and I know I grew as an artist that day. 

Quiet Lightning and sPARKLE & bLINK

What a joy it was to venture out to San Francisco with my daughter Darien to read for Quiet Lightning! I could never thank Executive Director, Evan Karp enough for including my poem in sPARKLE & bLINK: issue 3.4 and for inviting me. He is contributing beautiful, invaluable culture to the Bay Area and the globe. 

Article by Apryl Skies

A huge thank you to Apryl Skies for writing this article about me on Edgar Allan Poet. I have always gone back and forth about talking about my past as a homeless teen and crime survivor. It is liberating and embarrassing all in one. There is a strange shame involved, but I have decided to be open about it now with the hope that it might help someone else who finds themselves in a similar situation. I made it through with God's help, and so can you.