Julene Tripp Weaver (formerly June Arlene Eggler) has her B.A. in Creative Writing from City University of New York. She has a Masters in Applied Behavioral Science from the Leadership Institute of Seattle and works as an HIV/AIDS case manager. Her poem, “death walk,” won third prize for poetry from the Unfinished Works Competition sponsored by AIDS Services Foundation Orange County. She traveled to California to read her poem on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2006, at their candlelight vigil and art opening. Her first chapbook, “Case Walking: An AIDS Case Manager Wails Her Blues,” is due out in August 2007, published by Finishing Line Press.
Julene created a spoken word performance art piece, “The Wailing Wall,” which she performed it at Seattle’s “Intimate Stage” in July 2003. With assistance from Joe Plotts, she produced a CD incorporating her poetry, breath, and wails for a background. She has long said that a wailing wall is needed to mourn our many losses. This piece was dedicated to the over one hundred clients and friends who have died from AIDS complications.
The following year she performed her creation, “Spin The Bottle” featuring her poems of women’s sexuality. In each performance she used Continuum movement as her medium.
Julene has practiced Continuum movement, since 1988 when she took her first intensive in New York City with it’s founder Emilie Conrad. In 1996 she went to her first Poetry In Motion with Emilie and Rebecca Mark. Smitten, she started creating and running Muse To Write Circles that integrate movement and breath to evoke body-centered writing. She brought her experiential workshops to Seattle’s Cancer Life Line for two years. This work is in the field of Transformation Language Art; the act of writing and being witnessed to find and create meaning in one’s life. It is one of the many healing traditions she wants to further.
Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals and several anthologies including Off the Coast, The Main Street Rag, The Healing Muse, Knock, Under a Silver Sky, An Anthology of Pacific Northwest Poetry, and Tattoos on Cedar: Member’s Anthology of the Washington Poets Association.
Visit her website Keep The Change at: http://www.drizzle.com/~newroots/