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Andrew Cooper (BA ’77) serves as the features editor at Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. His essay "The Debacle" was selected for the anthology Best Spiritual Writing of 2012. Andrew was a member of Naropa's first graduating class in 1977. He shares: “I've never ceased to think of my time there with fondness, gratitude, and great appreciation.”


Thomas Peters, Jr’s (BA’87) seventh book, Certain Birds, came out in 2012. He just finished another book of prose that will hopefully come out this year. Other books: over the roofs of the world, 100 missed train stations, Listen to my Machine, Book of Silence & I know why the caged bird drinks.


Carmen Iacino (MA ’92) is expanding his counseling/energy medicine practice with a DND & PhD program in Natural Medicine at Quantum University.

Wayne Neal Gill (BA ‘96) took his PhD in American Studies at Purdue University last August.  


Emily Hodos (BA '00) lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, and runs a business focused on neuro-developmental movement for children and people with special needs. She is happily returning to Boulder in May to offer neuromovement training for professionals and parents. Learn more at

Taylere M. Joseph, PhD, LMFT (BA ’00) received her doctorate in organizational psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in October 2012. Taylere's research was on the relationship between leadership interpersonal skills and employee deviance.

Ryan Judd (MA ’00) recently published The Rhythm Tree: An Interactive Music Therapy Package for Children with Special Needs. He also launched a video blog at

Anna Kemble (MA '01) BC-DMT, CLMA, RCC, is in postproduction for her film The Moving Child: Supporting Early Development through Movement (themoving, due out in June 2013. Please contact her for more information at

Miranda Mellis (BA ‘01) is a professor at The Evergreen State College in Olympia. She is the author of three books of fiction, The Revisionist (Calamari Press), None of This Is Real (Sidebrow Press), and The Spokes (Solid Objects). She is also a co-editor at The Encyclopedia Project. For more about her projects and publications, please visit

Alexander Weinstein (BA’01) is the founder and director of The Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing, which offers a summer writing program and scholarships to emerging writers ( His fiction has appeared in Cream City Review, Notre-Dame Review, Pleiades, PRISM International, Sou'Wester, World Literature Today, and other journals. His fiction has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes, and his story, "Heartland," appears in the anthology New Stories from the Midwest. He is a professor of Creative Writing at Siena Heights University, and a lecturer at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he lives with his son, Peter. He is currently finishing his first collection, entitled The Apocalypse Tales.

Heart's Journey book coverNina Serrano (MLA ’02) announces the publication of a new book of poems and drawings Heart's Journey available at Serrano produces radio programs on KPFA 94.1fm and online at

Lauren Pech (MA '03) is currently residing in Cape Town, South Africa, where she started her own nonprofit organization called Lionhearted Kids that delivers mental health services to underserved children and families in South Africa. To learn more, visit,

McCormick Templeman’s (MFA ’03) first novel, The Little Woods, was recently published by Schwartz and Wade. Her second novel, The Glass Casket, is due out in 2014, and her third novel is forthcoming in 2015, both from Delacorte. She sends lots of love to the Naropa community!

Jackie MacNeish (MA ’04) and Richard Curtis are happy to announce the birth of their daughter: “Our daughter, Nicanna Curtis Neish, was born on December 11, 2012. Her older brother, Ewan, is very sweet with her and we are thrilled, of course!”

Becky Bringewatt (MA '05), LPC, NCC, Coach and Meg'n Deaner (MA '05) LPC, NCC, Coach opened Mantis Counseling and Coaching Services, LLC in Central Denver in 2011. Becky is a transpersonal therapist and is also trained in EMDR. As a coach, she works with people who are small business owners and those going through major life changes. Meg'n specializes in DBT and she works with a variety of therapy concerns. She particularly enjoys career coaching and personal coaching. 

Elizabeth Guthrie (MFA ’05) is currently living in London working on a PhD in performative texts at the University of East London under the supervision of Tim Atkins while continuing to create texts and realizations of texts in the form of the poetic play.

Kristin Cerda (BA '06) and her husband, Seth Weisfeld, welcomed their first child, Emerson Elijah, in the wee hours of 9/12/2012, in Austin, TX. The three Virgos are well and happy!

Rev. Danny Fisher (MDiv  '06) served as moderator for the Library Foundation of Los Angeles' event "An Evening with Jeff Bridges and Bernie Glassman." You can watch the entire conversation here:

An Evening with Jeff Bridges and Bernie Glassman from ALOUDla on Vimeo.


Patsy Kate Booth (MA ’10) shares “meditation and awareness practice are core to my work with women and children traumatized by domestic violence.” Patsy is the child and adolescent therapist at the YWCA Pueblo, CO. “Play therapy is my niche with self-regulation the aim for all clients.”

Debbie Holexa (MA ’10) graduated in January 2013 from UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) with a Certificate in Mindful Facilitation.

Shane Joaquin Jimenez (MFA ‘10) has recently published a book review in The Millions, and has another one forthcoming in Denver Quarterly.

Donald Stikeleather (MDiv ’10) was recently recommended for board certification by the Association of Professional Chaplains. He is a staff chaplain at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, offering interfaith ministry to the night staff and covering the nation's busiest pediatric trauma center.

Fatina Hindi's (MA ‘11) article “How Attention to Interoception Can Inform Dance/Movement Therapy” was published in the American Journal of Dance Therapy.

Kathleen Gleason (MA ’11) and Joshua Furtado (MA ’10) are happy to announce the birth of “a beautiful, happy baby boy, named Colin Yves Gleason-Furtado, on 4/15/12!” 

Tyler Norris (MDiv ’12). After completing his MDiv in December '12, Tyler moved to San Francisco to take a job with Kaiser Permanente, leading a new initiative focused on the health of mind, body, and spirit for its nine million members and the well-being of the communities it serves.