Emma Rosenthal is an artist, writer, educator, reiki
practitioner, farmer and human rights activist, living in Southern California,
whose work combines art, activism, education and grassroots mobilization. As a
person with a disability she is confined, not by her disability but by the
narrow and marginalizing attitudes and structures of the society at large.
She is the founder and co-director of The WE Project/IHC and Café Intifada/IHC, and she
lives and works at Dragonflyhill Urban Farm, a project of The WE Project. She
holds teaching credentials in California and Massachusetts. As an educator her
emphasis has been in the areas of bilingual and multicultural education. Her
experience as a grassroots organizer, political essayist and speaker has been
life long and has included many progressive causes.
Her work seeks to combine art, activism, education and
grassroots mobilization. Her poetry and prose is impassioned, sensual,
political, life affirming and powerful. In her writing she explores the use of
art and literary expression to elicit an ethos more compelling than dogma and
ideological discourse, providing new paradigms for community, communion,
connection and human transformation.
She has been a featured poet and speaker throughout
Southern California at a variety of venues and programs including; The
Arab-American Festival, Highways Performance Space, The Autry Museum, Barnes
and Nobel, Poetic License, Borders/Pasadena, Beyond Baroque, Freedom Fries
Follies (a fundraiser for The Center for the Study of Political Graphics),
KPFK, Arts in Action, Chafey College, UC Irvine and Hyperpoets.
She is a regular contributor to The Palestine
Telegraph. Her work has appeared in several publications includingLilith
Magazine, The Pasadena Star News, The San Gabriel Tribune, The San Gabriel
Valley Quarterly, LoudMouth Magazine (CSLA), Coloring Book; An
Eclectic Anthology of Multicultural Writers (Rattlecat
Muse Apprentice Guild and the Anthology,
Jewish-American Women Speak Out Against the Occupation, Spring 2010