Barry and Maya Spector live in Oakland, California.
Barry writes about American history, culture and politics from the perspectives of myth, archetypal psychology and indigenous wisdom. He is the author of Madness At The Gates Of The City: The Myth Of American Innocence. Barry has been involved with the mythopoetic men’s movement for 30 years, has taught several college classes and blogs at https://madnessatthegates.wordpress.com.
Maya is a poet, ritualist, SoulCollage® facilitator and retired children’s librarian. She was a member of a women’s circle (originally trained by Reclaiming) that met weekly for 25 years. She is the author of two poetry collections, The Persephone Cycle (2010) and Distilled: Poems on Eldering (2022). She blogs at www.hangingoutwithhecate.blogspot.com. Maya’s poetry has appeared in several anthologies.
Barry and Maya love Oakland's cultural diversity and have offered their own attempts to enrich it with Soul Collage classes, oral tradition poetry salons and productions of Rumi’s Caravan. For twenty years they led grief rituals in the tradition of Malidoma and Sobonfu Somé.