Claiming What’s Ours
Jul01

Claiming What’s Ours

On Claiming What’s Ours (A Distinctly Feminine Examination) In the Spring of 2022, TIDES heard the call from our Literary Ancestor Audre Lorde: “For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. They may allow us temporarily to beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change.” We asked ourselves: What if AROHO removed “master” and its...

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Your Work Matters
May27

Your Work Matters

We see each woman’s work as a brush stroke in the portrait of creative women. If the way in to our deepest work is by invitation, come, reveal yourself:   The invitation my creative heart wants to receive is ___. The invitation my creative heart wants to give is ___.   Contribute your response Submit your creative work to Waves _________________________________________________________                              ...

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We Are Bonded By Women’s Long History
Mar25

We Are Bonded By Women’s Long History

Dear Creative Woman,   It is important to understand that women’s culture is never a subculture. It would hardly be appropriate to define half of humanity as a subculture.   “The Creation of Patriarchy” by Gerda Lerner   _________________________________________________________   This eye is not for weeping its vision       must be unblurred though tears are on my face its intent is clarity      ...

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Together, Our Life Our Art
Feb26

Together, Our Life Our Art

My dear women artists. Here together, we’re generating the faith and the hope that by being together we can help one another make the writing life easier, make the writing life joyous. I remember as a girl – I think I was about eight years old – when I said “Oh, the writer’s life is for me.” And then, not too many years after that, “Oh, why did I want that?” . . . Do we have to make a choice between life and art?  ...

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A Message of Courage, Love and Hope
Jan28

A Message of Courage, Love and Hope

In an AROHO demitasse . . . we spoke about the reality of our bodies making the art that we make. What sheds off. What’s observed through the window-pane. What’s left. What’s still arriving. What the frequency is. Through these words, typed as dusk falls in East England, the sky an indigo tilt, I send you a message of courage, love and hope. For your practice. For your work. For who you are becoming: alongside the...

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Braiding Water and Light
Dec18

Braiding Water and Light

  “Is there a way that art-making or writing practice is a way of stepping out of toxic lineage, as much as it is a braiding or weaving of water and light?” — Bhanu Kapil Submit your response   “I wished that woman would write . . . so that other women, other unacknowledged sovereigns, might exclaim: I too, overflow; my desires have invented new desires, my body knows unheard of songs.” — Hélène...

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Conjuring Sisterhood
Nov19

Conjuring Sisterhood

A GATHERING LIKE NONE OTHER — GIFT EXCHANGE, NO POSTAGE. “We should conjure sisterhood wherever we can.” — Ava Duvernay _________________________________________________________     “One Moment” by Sylvan Adams   Read More Donate and Join A Room of Her Own with Bhanu Kapil     “I am ready to release the devastating gasps of self-doubt and debilitating fear. My breath shall be pure...

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Bring to Life What’s in Your Heart and Mind
Oct08

Bring to Life What’s in Your Heart and Mind

OUR WAY IS SISTERHOOD AND RECIPROCITY Our global sisterhood is growing, and it matters. Your donation makes room for us all. We thank you. Give to AROHO and receive gifts of sisterhood Donate     “As a mestiza I have no country, my homeland cast me out; yet all countries are mine because I am every woman’s sister … ” — Gloria Anzaldúa       “37th Floor” by Mimi Dobelle...

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We Leave Deep Impressions As We Walk
Sep11

We Leave Deep Impressions As We Walk

OUR ROOM. OUR WORK. OUR WAY. This year’s Global Summer Camp summoned a growing circle of women who crave AROHO’s uniquely personal, artistic program that seamlessly weaves wisdom sharing into the fold of sisterhood. “AROHO brings me into a circle of artistic friends; like-minded, focused, adventurous women who, by definition, welcome, encourage, and respect me, and the work I do. This gift of inclusion helps me...

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Come Be With Us En El Jardin
Jul16

Come Be With Us En El Jardin

Dear Creative Woman, WE ARE FROM THE DESERT, THE DEEP FOREST, THE CLEARING BY THE RIVER, A UNIVERSE OF SECRET GARDENS.   “Help us to be ever faithful gardeners of the spirit, who know that without darkness nothing comes to birth, and without light nothing flowers.” — May Sarton “In search of my mother’s garden, I found my own.” — Alice Walker     “En El Jardin” by Karina Puente,...

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That Which is Created Out of Chaos
Jun18

That Which is Created Out of Chaos

OUR WORK IS PROGRESS. Each one of us has the authority to speak urgently, moving beyond barriers to physical connection. Month after endless month, sister creatives have forged personal rooms spanning space and time. In competition at times with workplace productivity metrics, our children’s growth, and the tenuous safety of all, where does our creative well-being fit? Since 2019, WAVES has served as a vessel for our narratives and...

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Our Rooted Boundlessness
May13

Our Rooted Boundlessness

  OUR ROOM IS SACRED. We honor our evolving self-agency as creative women and insist on our responsibility to each other by entering shared space with profound mutual respect for our personal time, dignity, artistry, ancestors, and culture. Original sharing, August 10, 2020, Inaugural Global Summer Camp   Lend Your Voice and Vision to WAVES Submit       “Stream of Reason” by Hilary Druley  ...

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Woman’s Voice Singing Songs From the Savage Lands
Apr09

Woman’s Voice Singing Songs From the Savage Lands

  …[they] heard a woman’s voice singing, as if to her babies, a song so high and clear, it matched the flutes…She brought her songs back from the savage lands. Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts     It’s always important to tell the truth because if you don’t, there are all kinds of terrible social and psychological consequences. There are implosions...

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The tide of creative women is rising in waves
Mar12

The tide of creative women is rising in waves

This Women’s History Month we are invited to consider the gifts of our hard-won “irrevocably altered vision.” Shaped by heroic journeys and the braid of our collective memory, our circle of sister ancestors shoulder to shoulder with contemporary sister creatives is a tide rising in WAVES.   —what haunts us and what we would rather not inhabit, {is} the gulf between what is and what should be. The tool we marshal to cross our gulf...

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A dream that won’t let us sleep. Answer the thumping from within.
Feb12

A dream that won’t let us sleep. Answer the thumping from within.

This Black History Month, the world is buoyed by the beauty and power of Amanda S. C. Gorman, first National Youth Poet Laureate, and the legacy of Anna Julia Cooper, whose 1892 classic feminist text, A Voice from the South by a Black Woman of the South, argued for both racial and gender equality. Each of us, as creative sisters, has a dream that won’t let us sleep. “I constantly felt (as I suppose many an ambitious girl...

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Reaching the water in time. Beginning anew.
Jan15

Reaching the water in time. Beginning anew.

  It seems we are hardwired to take stock on New Year’s. Dreams of a creative life, elusive but persistent like a loose tooth, negotiate their way onto a list in a new journal or – if too crazy, too impossible – scream their way out of our consciousness. At the New Year, we are supposed to begin anew but how do the leftovers of last year’s creative intentions allow space for this year’s? How do we begin anew day...

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No Matter What State I’m In I Can Be Beautiful
Dec03

No Matter What State I’m In I Can Be Beautiful

How easy it is for us to find beauty in our creative sisters. In contrast, what images of our own creative selves do we tolerate or, worse, defend? Made from photos of her that she had previously rejected, “Self Portrait” taught Amber J. Deltorchio that “no matter what state I’m in I can be beautiful.” How can our artistic approach flip our perspective? Imagine what can be learned from our creative sisters. We crown our 20th year with...

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Healing Across Time and Space
Nov06

Healing Across Time and Space

Dear Creative Woman, To begin to comprehend our need for each other, consider the medieval pair Hildegard von Bingen (a mystic cloistered from age eight) and Eleanor of Aquitaine (a queen imprisoned by her husband for sixteen years), who forged an epistolary relationship. Today, we are no longer forced to wait patiently for letters to cross seas, yet our connection is equally precious....

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And Rose Our Voices Like Waves
Oct05

And Rose Our Voices Like Waves

Dear Creative Woman, Today we respond to the call of our times and our community to release the confluence of women’s voices — both from our anthology and new work — into shared, published WAVES. Our New WAVES         “Dragging Virginia Woolf’s Body Out of the Ouse” WAVES digital cover art by Christy Sheffield Sanford, Artist in Residence, Global Day Camp, Oct. 24  ...

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We Ask Our Ancestors to Speak to Us
Sep11

We Ask Our Ancestors to Speak to Us

In Women Who Run with the Wolves, Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés says, “Asking the proper question is the central action of transformation.” The process by which AROHO invites submissions is an invitation into call-and-response, a shared dialogue as women of the world and, deeper still, into our own transformations. We paused on Friday for 9/11 to remember; and in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month this September, we celebrate the...

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