Welcome to Songs of Forgiveness! I invite you to join me in developing the language and the stories that the world needs. Thank you for being here 🙏🏼

This newsletter is posted with the phases of the moon. I write stories to transform your perspective on life and living that help develop a more natural alignment with the passing of time.

It has taken so much to get me to the here and now. I am grateful for my tax-subsidized Land Grant University education, my MFA instructors and cohort, my undergrad Intro to African American Literature class, my undergrad LatinX Lit class in 1996, my advising professor Madelon Sprengnether, and the reading list from my mid-90s Book Club, “Gals Who Read”— which held on to that name as the next generation began arriving despite switching to quilting. She is grateful to her TH-TH writing group, her Practice Room peeps, the Rapid Writers, the Loft, and her Summer Camp Kids and their parents. Her ever supportive husband. Her many, many sisters who contribute to this project all the time. Her mother without whom she would never have been born and neither would have Songs of Forgiveness. And her grandmothers, who taught her about the sacred in the ordinary.

I am ever grateful to Cousin Kathy for a box of books she gave to me around my eighteenth year. This introduced me to some of my most influential reading experiences. As I recall, the box was bottomless: Willa Cather. Toni Morison. Gloria Naylor. Virginia Wolf. Zora Neale Hurston. Sandra Cisneros. Maxine Hong Kingston. Louise Erdrich. Margaret Atwood. And so many more.

It was this kind of reading that led me to where I am today.

I generally posts 4 times a month on the primary phases of the moon and delivers Yoga Poetry Radio in fits and starts.

All this is bound to change with circumstances. I travel extensively in the summer and share my travelogues via photo essays and TikTok.

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Tina Laurel Lee

Tina's a writer, yoga teacher, and activist. Born in the country, raised in the city, a child of divorce, always moving between households, locales, bio-systems. She writes about love, loss and the role of forgiveness in transformative change.