In October, I was thrilled to be on-stage at the igotout.org and Tears of Eden Story Slam at the Improv Shop in St. Louis Missouri where I performed my poem, “My Journey Through the Cultiverse”, a ten-minute synopsis of my memoir, A Slice of Orange. Mine was the opening act in the company of such … Read more
Oh happy day! My memoir, A Slice of Orange, about my experience with the Rajneesh cult, will be published in 2023 by TouchPoint Press. Here I am signing my book contract. Someone told me, “Oh that happened fast.” I almost fell out of my chair I was so shocked that I had given the impression … Read more
The Cult Vault podcast episode 138 is on “A Slice of Orange” – my memoir about my time with guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh in India and Oregon, and my life leading up to that and beyond. I was thrilled to be interviewed by someone so willing to explore the nuances of the book – and … Read more
The collapse of a belief system is hell at the time – but eventually I found it an enormous gift. Of course another one moves in fast to replace it, but just for a moment there is a pause when we get to see outside the bubble that each of us lives in.
Winner of San Diego’s Memoir Showcase competition for second consecutive year! I am so excited that an excerpt from my memoir, A Slice of Orange, has won a place in San Diego’s 2020 Memoir Showcase competition. See winners of San Diego’s 2020 Memoir Showcase. “Casablanca Asylum” will be published in the upcoming anthology Shaking the … Read more
At last the video is available! Here is the link to Tara Sampson’s reading/performance of “The Visit”. This took place at the 2019 Memoir Showcase at the North Coast Repertory Theatre in Solana Beach, CA. This extract from my memoir describes my parents’ memorable visit in 1984. They came to see me at … Read more
“The Visit” is an excerpt from my memoir, a short story about my parents’ journey to Rajneeshpuram, Oregon, to visit me on the commune there. Seeing it performed as one of the winners of the 2019 Memoir Showcase was a blast! It was a community event shared with the writers, actors and everyone who showed … Read more
Writing a memoir, and then sharing it, is a coming-out process. Having a piece of my memoir chosen for public performance (see Memoir Showcase), is not only an honor, but an act of trust, as my inner self gets ready to meet the local community. Highlighting all this is that the excerpt from my memoir, … Read more