Saturday, August 22, 2020
Cartwheels on the Sky Featuring Roberta Werdinger on KGUA FM Gualala
This interview features the reigning Ukiah Poet Laureate Roberta Werndinger. Roberta Werdinger is a Zen priestess, poet, writer and editor. From 1995 to 2006 she studied Zen Buddhism at Green Gulch Farm and Tassajara Mountain Center. In 2006 she was head student, and left the monastery to pursue the path of writing.
She has a long-term professional association with Berkeley-based writer, artist, and activist Kaz Tanahashi, for whom she edits and conducts research. She has also taught English at Mendocino College and at Dharma Realm Buddist University. Since 2010, she has served as a freelance writer and publicist for several area nonprofits, including the Grace Hudson Museum and the Ukiah Symphony. Her writing activities have included essays for the Redwood Coast Review and poetry for the online journal Leaping Clear. She hosted the show “Maps & Legends” on KZYX from 2009 to 2016, highlighting the presence of wisdom teachings in modern music. She is also a member of Northern California Book Reviewers, reading for poetry and creative nonfiction.
She is currently at work on a memoir, titled “The One Road.” It details the migration of her family across the Atlantic and her own migration West, as well as all the migrations–internal and external– that the human race is currently undertaking.
This show originally airs live from 7-7:30pm, Saturday, August 22 on KGUA FM 88.3 Gualala, and will stream live on the web at kgua.org