Interfaith Muse: Artists in Conversation is a conversation and performance series. We connect Portlanders of all faith backgrounds with writers and artists whose work engages spiritual questions. Events are curated and hosted by Elizabeth Harlan-Ferlo.
Alicia Jo Rabins’s collection, “Divinity School,” won the American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize in 2015. A wide- ranging exploration of spirituality, sex, travel, food, holy texts, and coming of age, “Divinity School” is a fearless investigation of how we learn to live in a human body. Alicia teaches ancient Jewish texts to children and adults and performs internationally as a violinist and singer.
Melissa Bennett, M.Div. (Umatilla/Nimiipuu/Sac & Fox) is a writer & emerging storyteller, as well as a former interfaith mental health chaplain. She is interested in story as medicine, especially its ability to heal historical trauma among indigenous communities. Twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Melissa writes poetry and creative non-fiction with a focus on social justice, culture, tradition, and spirituality. Melissa is currently a member of the Northwest Indian Storytellers Assocation and WordCraft Circle of Native Writers & Storytellers. She is a 2015 recipient of The Evergreen State College Longhouse Native Creative Development Grant and serves on the Board for PlayWrite, Inc., as well as the Oregon Department of Corrections Religious Services Advisory Council.