Street Stories

Rebecca Bronson

My love of stories and curiosity about human relationships was fed at the kitchen table of my Czech aunts and Swedish/Italian grandmother. I relished in their storytelling and bountiful gossip of priests, neighbors, nuns, grocery store encounters, illness, food, and other assorted and plentiful conversations about Life.  Through my working-class, midwest upbringing I closely observed and understood the importance of listening, asking questions, and as importantly, to pay close attention to what wasn’t being said, but what was felt.

Childhood visits to the Veteran’s Hospital to visit my father, a Korean War Veteran,  growing up with a tenacious but often ill mother, and working in nursing homes through high school fueled an abiding curiosity and eventually deep study and dogged research into the roots of violence, illness, war, and healing.  Time shared with a great-aunt provided me the experience of knowing that the life of an artist was possible and solitude necessary for the Creative Life.

IMG_4601I began acting in community theater when I was seven and later played Scout in  To Kill a Mockingbird. I continued acting, writing plays, and performing through high school.  At Naropa University, I studied with Lee Worley, Barbara Dilley, and Laura Simms, and many innovative teachers in theater, movement, and somatic studies. It was at Naropa where I explored the intersection of psychology, performance, and contemplative mind/body practices.  While living in Chicago I studied with the immensely inventive dancers Eiko and Koma.

An early career as a radio journalist at an NPR affiliate in Omaha positioned me inside of stories and issues that led me into a life-long passion for truth-digging, critical thinking, and psychological inquiry. I produced, directed, and was primary interviewer for local NPR programs in the mid 80‘s, producing short feature documentaries and interviewing well known politicians, academics,  artists, and cultural figures. I continued my work as a radio journalist in the midwest at the height of corporate encroachment and foreclosures of family farms.

I studied photography with award winning photographer Larry Ferguson and honed my skills in studio production, videography, and editing while working for nearly a decade at a television station in Omaha, Nebraska.

I worked for several years as a psychotherapist and counselor in a variety of community mental health systems and in private practice, mostly with women and children. I served as an adjunct faculty member at Naropa Institute in the Department of Contemplative Psychology.

My writing craft was greatly influenced through my academic studies with poet Anne Waldman of Naropa Institute, Patricia Foster, professor at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, novelist Cynthia Clough, and memoirist Julene Bair. I have dedicated many years of rigorous study and synthesis of the life and work of important feminist/women philosophers, writers, and artists. For more of my writing please visit my other site  I am also a prolific collage artist.

A passionate student and practitioner of the astrological and healing arts, (and consummate lover of food and wine) I draw often for my creative inspiration from the well of my eclectic wisdom, knowledge, and curiosity.

I hold a BA in Journalism from the University of Nebraska, an MA in Contemplative Psychology and Intermedia Arts from Naropa University and did my Phd (ABD)  studies in Arts and Healing with an Emphasis in Creative Writing and Women’s Studies at the Union Institute. I am the founder and executive director of Satori Institute, an arts, education, and research organization.

I live in Boulder, Colorado with my partner and artist comrade Patrick Williams and our two capricious Ragdoll cats Rosetta and Talik.

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