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Michael Vannoy Adams, D. Phil., C.S.W., is a Jungian analyst doing pioneering work in the field of myth
and story in archetypal psychology. He is the author of The Mythological Unconscious, The Multicultural
Imagination: "Race," Color, and the Unconscious and (forthcoming in 2004) The Fantasy Principle:
Psychoanalysis of the Imagination. He is a clinical associate professor at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and a faculty member at the Object Relations Institute, the Blanton-Peale Graduate Institute and the New School University, where he was previously associate provost. He has been a Marshall Scholar in England and a Fulbright Senior Lecturer in India. He is the recipient of two Gradiva Awards from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis.
Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D., is the founding president of Pacifica Graduate Institute, a private graduate school offering masters and doctoral programs in psychology and mythological studies. He is a licensed clinical psychologist, a marriage and family therapist, and a credentialed public school teacher. His original research centers on a psychodynamic process of “tending the living image,” particularly in the context of “dreamwork,” and he has conducted dreamwork seminars for more than 25 years throughout the US, Europe and Asia.
Aizenstadt has recorded “DreamTending,” a six audiotape series released by Sounds True. His other publications include: “Dreams are Alive” in Depth Psychology: Meditations in the Field, edited by D. Slattery and L. Corbett, and “Nature Dreaming: Jungian Psychology and the World Unconscious” in T. Roszak, M.
Gomes and A. Kanner (Eds.) Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth, Healing the Mind.
Rebecca Armstrong, M. Div., was brought up in the legendary Armstrong folk family, where she learned the old stories, tunes and traditions from the fingers and voices of folks who kept them alive. Their home was a frequent resting place for the multitude of bards and balladeers who traveled through the Midwest, including Joseph Campbell, who became a close family friend. Following her interest in sacred stories and teaching to the spirit, Armstrong became an ordained Humanist Minister, receiving Masters degrees from the University of Chicago Divinity School and the Unitarian-Universalist seminary. She has worked with the Joseph Campbell Foundation since its inception in 1990, supporting the Mythological RoundTables around the world and writing the monthly Myth Letter for the Web site. She is one of the co-leaders of the annual Campbell week at Esalen.
Coleman Barks, Ph. D., in 1976, began translating the poems of Jelaluddin Rumi, a 13th-century Sufi mystic, a poet as famous in the Islamic world as Shakespeare is in the West. He has since become the primary translator bringing Rumi’s poems into contemporary English, publishing 16 volumes of Rumi’s poetry, including The Glance: Songs of Soul-Meeting and The Essential Rumi. A poet in his own right, a publisher and teacher of contemporary American poetry, he taught for 34 years at the University of Georgia, Athens, where he was named Poet and Professor Emeritus of English. Currently, he collaborates in performances with musicians, including members of the Paul Winter Consort. His work was featured in two PBS series with Bill Moyers, The Language of Life (1995) and The Sounds of Poetry (1999).
Peter S. Beagle is the award-winning author of The Last Unicorn, A Fine and Private Place, The Folk of the Air, The Innkeeper's Song and Tamsin. His books have been listed as some of the finest fantasy fiction ever created. He has also written short stories, screenplays, non-fiction and poetry, and recently finished the screenplay for a film-version of A Fine and Private Place. Beagle is an accomplished singer/songwriter who delights audiences in English, Yiddish, French and German.
Derek Beres is one of the leading sources of international music in America, through various journalistic endeavors (staff writer, Trace; music editor, Rattapallax; freelance journalist, The Village Voice, Urb, Relix, Blue, YRB) and Global Beat Fusion, his current book project documenting global electronica. His Mythika Electronika project traces the mythological roots of world musics, and he will be presenting the project at Mythic Journeys. He also performs Thai Massage Yoga at Atmananda Yoga in SoHo. As a DJ, he travels internationally with the GlobeSonic crew alongside Fabian Alsultany and Acidophilus and runs the weekly Kollective party at Kush with Karsh Kale. In 2001 he co-founded EarthRise Arts with painter Craig Anthony Miller, producing numerous art and music events in and around New York. He spent two-and-a-half years as managing editor of Global Rhythm magazine, and his last play, Burning Trees, was seen at 2002's Hip-Hop Theater Festival at the Nuyorican Poet's Cafe. Beres was a featured journalist for the "Picks of the Week" segment on Metro TV's Daily Beat and has launched a clothing line, Bhakti: Streetwear 4 Urban Yogis.
The Ari Berk, Ph. D., is an author, poet, and Associate Professor of English Language and Literature at Central Michigan University where he teaches courses in mythology, American Indian literature, folklore and Medieval literature. The former student of Pulitzer Prize-winning writer N. Scott Momaday, Berk has created and directed literacy programs for disadvantaged youth, and (at the University of Arizona) helped to develop the first American Indian Studies doctoral program in the United States. His latest book The Runes of Elfland (a collaboration with international best-selling artist Brian Froud) creatively explores the otherworldly wonders of landscape and language.
Holly Black is a best-selling author of several contemporary fantasy novels for children and teens, including The Spiderwick Chronicles and Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale. Her work has been translated into 27 languages worldwide. She is currently working on Valiant, a novel set both in and underneath New York.
Robert Bly has been called the father of the "men's expressive movement." He authored Iron John, as well as 11 groundbreaking books of poetry, essays, and translations celebrating the power of myth, Indian ecstatic poetry, meditation and storytelling.
Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D., is a psychiatrist, a Jungian analyst in private practice, a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California Medical Center and an internationally known lecturer. She is the author of Goddesses in Older Women: Archetypes in Women Over Fifty, The Millionth Circle, The Tao of Psychology, Goddesses in Everywoman: A New Psychology of Women, Gods in Everyman: A New Psychology of Men's Lives and Loves, Crossing to Avalon: A Woman's Midlife Pilgrimage, Ring of Power and Close to the Bone.
Bill Bridges is the co-creator of Holistic Design's Fading Suns universe and the developer for White Wolf's Mage: The Ascension. He is the author of The Silver Crown and the Bone Gnawers, Stargazers and Wendigo Tribe Novels series for White Wolf. His works also include a staggering amount of books for a wide range of games: Fading Suns (Holistic Design), Werewolf, Vampire, Wraith, Changeling (all White Wolf), Pendragon (Chaosium) and Star Trek (Decipher). His computer game credits include: Noble Armada (Holistic Design), Dracula Unleashed (Viacom) and Star Trek Starfleet Academy (Interplay). He currently co-chairs the content committee for Mythic Journeys.
John Bridges, one of the most prolific artists in the gaming industry, has provided illustrations for a number of role-playing game companies including Last Unicorn Games, Chaosium, FASA, White Wolf and others. His work has also been featured in the collectible card games Rage, Jyhad and Mythos, and his comic book credits include work for Marvel Comics. He now works at Holistic Design Inc., where he is the lead visual designer and art director for the Fading Suns universe. He designed the Mythic Journeys and Mythic Imagination logos and related graphics.
Joseph Bruchac, as an author and poet, has appeared in over 500 books. His work emphasizes the spiritual balance and environmental concerns of his Native American (Abenaki) heritage. Founder of the Greenfield Press and a contributing editor to Parabola Magazine, Bruchac has received National Endowment of the Arts grants for his poetry and also to promote the development of prison writers - among many other foundation awards, including the National Education Association Human and Civil Rights Award in 2003. In addition to his extensive body of fictional and non-fictional works, Bruchac has gained considerable fame as a storyteller in Native American and other traditions. The Boy Who Lived With Bears and Other Iroquois Tales was recently re-released in soft cover as part of the Parabola Native American Storytime Series.
Mark Levon Byrne, Ph. D., has a doctorate in Religious Studies from Sydney University. He is the author of Myths of Manhood: The Hero in Jungian Literature, The Essence of Zen and the Web site www.mythoz.net.
He works for two welfare agencies in Sydney, Australia, coordinating group work programs for men. He also teaches adult education courses in mythology and Jungian psychology; has a private practice as a Jungian psychotherapist; and leads educational tours to Cambodia. His specialty is modern Australian mythology.
Guy Corneau, M. Ed., is an internationally recognized Jungian psychoanalyst and has published several books in French, three of which have been translated into English: Absent Fathers, Lost Sons (1991, Shambhala Publications) and Lessons in Love: The Transformation of Spirit Through Intimacy (1999, Henry Holt). Healing the Heart: Making Sense of Suffering will be published in a near future. Over the past 15 years, Guy has given numerous lectures and workshops throughout the world. In 1997, together with a group of artists and therapists under the banner of Productions Cœur.com, he created and subsequently led innovative seminars to heal the heart through psychological understanding and creative expression. Guy co-founded the Cercle C.G. Jung de Montréal (1975) and founded Réseau Hommes Québec (1992).
Phil Cousineau is a writer, teacher, storyteller, editor, documentary filmmaker, photographer and travel leader.
He is the author of 14 books including The Art of Pilgramage, Once and Future Myths, The Olympic Beauty and Searching for the Arms of the Venus de Milo: The Crisis of Beauty in the Modern World. In 1999, he was an on-camera expert for BBC-2’s Joseph Campbell: Hollywood’s Myth Master tribute and the Fox Network special Star Wars: The Legacy.
Meinrad Craighead is a former Benedictine nun who uses art and poetry to walk a visionary path that explores feminine divinity with evocative imagery. She is the author of Crow Mother and the Dog God, a retrospective of her 40 years in art.
Heather Dale is a Canadian singer/songwriter, storyteller and creator of three modern Celtic CDs with song cycles focusing on the Arthurian Legends, The Trials of Lancelot and Call the Names, and the newly released May Queen.
Charles de Lint is the acclaimed fantasy author of 47 books, novels and collections including Moonheart, Someplace to be Flying, The Onion Girl, Seven Wild Sisters and the recently released Tapping the Dream Tree and Spirits in the Wires. He writes a monthly book review column for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction that shines a public light on authors of fine fantasy fiction. He is also an accomplished Celtic musician.
Wendy Doniger, Ph. D., is the author of numerous works on Hinduism, mythology, literature, law, gender and ecology. Her cross-cultural offerings have included courses about death, dreams, evil, horses, sex and women.
Doniger is the Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago Divinity School. She works with the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations and is on the Committees on Social Thought and on the Ancient Mediterranean World.
William Doty, Ph. D., is Professor Emeritus of humanities and religious studies at the University of Alabama and editor of Mythosphere: A Journal for Image, Myth, and Symbol. Doty is a prolific writer, translator, and editor who has published fourteen books and over seventy essays in a wide range of journals on topics including religious studies, anthropology, psychology, classics, and art criticism. His best-known book is Mythography.
Drum Café is a group of African drummers whose philosophy is that well-run companies can be compared to making music within a drum circle. Drumming has been used in Africa for thousands of years to mark special occasions, such as births, weddings and in preparation for battle. Drum Cafe brings this powerful African community-building method to the boardrooms and conferences of Fortune 500 companies. Look for them at the Banquet of the In-Depth Conference and then grab a drum and join in!
Alan Dundes, Ph. D., is a professor of anthropology and folklore at the University of California Berkeley and an expert on a wide variety of topics including urban folklore, cockfighting, proverbs, jokes, North American Indian folktales and fairy tales. In 1993, he became the first American to win the Pitre Prize's Sigillo d'Oro, a lifetime achievement award and the top international prize in folklore and ethnography. He has written more than 250 journal articles and 13 books, including The Morphology of North American Indian Folktales, Holy Writ as Oral Lit: The Bible as Folklore and Fables of the Ancients: Folklore in the Qur'an. He edited Sacred Narrative: Readings in the Theory of Myth and The Flood Myth.
Carolyn Dunn is a Native American journalist, teacher, fiction writer, anthology editor, musician, catechist and poet who has recently been doing fascinating research into "deer women" stories, exploring how they Outfoxing Coyote (2002) and Hidden relate to women's lives today. She is author of two books of poetry, Creek Journal (2000) as well as the coeditor of the anthologies Through The Eye of The Deer (1999) and Hozho: Walking In Beauty.