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"...I will open the door to my world to everyone!!!"


Background Information

 I was born in 1972 in Israel. My father was killed at war when I was 9month old and left my mother to raise my older sister and me all by herself. I started writing poetry when I was 7yo as an outlet for my feelings and thoughts.  I had a sad childhood and it was reflected in my poems.

When I was 18yo I was drafted to the Israeli military and I have met my soul mate and future husband in the Air Force. We have been happily married for over 16 years and we have two boys ages 15 and 12 yo. In 2000 we have moved to the US to start a new life and currently we reside in New England.

In 2002 my son and I were diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome and later on my youngest was as well. Once we were diagnosed, I have decided to dedicate my life to helping those on the Autistic Spectrum by speaking out and by using my Art and poetry to educate others about Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

All through my life, I never stopped writing; my poems express my feelings, thoughts and point of view about the world- they show who I am through and through. Some are dark and some are bright and happy, and together they show my complete life cycle through childhood, adolescence and adulthood.

Accomplishments

poetry:
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* Published my poem "The Mask" in an anthology "Loveliness Unfurled" in 2002
* Editor's Choice award December 2002 from Poetry.com
* Published the poem "My Reflection" in the newspaper "The Call", July 2007
* Published the poems: "Beyond the Silence", "Child in the Attic" in the AANE Journal, May 2008
* Published my book, The Alien In Me: Poetry by a Person with Asperger's Syndrome, July 14th 2008

Art shows:
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* June 14th-August 3rd 2007- Autism art show at TSETSE Gallery, Providence, RI
* September 12th-22nd 2007 my own Art show at CBI Synagogue, Woonsocket, RI
* October 2007- Art show for Autism at the Neurodevelopment center in Providence, RI
* September 12th-23rd 2008- 'The Art Spectrum' Autism art show at TSETSE Gallery, Providence, RI
* September 25th 2008- 'Sense and Sensibility' art show for the Blind and visually impaired at TSETSE Gallery, New London, CT

Art shows+Poetry Reading:
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* September 28th 2007-back bay grand room in John Hancock hotel Boston, MA
* January 10th 2008- Cambridge Multicultural Art Center, Boston, MA
* April 30th 2008- Concord free public Library, Cocord, MA
* May 3rd 2008- Honan Allston branch of the Boston Library, Boston, MA
* June 3rd 2008- AANE Art show reception and reading at the Massachusetts State house in Boston
* October 25th 2008- Poetry Reading / Book signing at AANE in Watertown, MA

Articles and interviews:
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* Article on the cover of "The call" (local newspaper in northern RI and MA)- June 25th 2007
* Article in "Haaretz" (a prestigious Israeli Newspaper)- June 29th 2007
* 2 paintings and some info in "Chayim Acherim" (Israeli magazine) - 2007
* TV report and interview on NBC10- health check- July 20 2007
* Feature article on the cover of "The Call" (local newspaper in northern RI and MA)- August 24th 2008
* Feature article in the community section of the "Jewish Voice & Herald" (distributed in southern MA and RI)- October 17th 2008

Speaking Events:
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* June 20 2007- my own speaking event at TSETSE Gallery, Providence, RI
* July 2007- my own speaking event at TSETSE Gallery, Providence, RI
* May 31st 2008- my own speaking event +Art show at the AANE office in Watertown, MA
* July 26th 2008 - panelist in the 2nd annual AANE adult Conference in Bentley College, Waltham, MA

Book Signings:
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* August 23rd 2008- Book signing, Jewelry, crafts and prints sale at Barrington Books in Barrington, RI.
* September 13th 2008- Book signing, Jewelry and art show at the public library in North Smithfield, RI.
* October 18th 2008- Book signing, Jewelry and art show at the public library in Woonsocket, RI.
* October 25th 2008- Poetry Reading / Book signing at AANE in Watertown, MA.
* December 20th 2008- Book signing, Jewelry and prints sale at WaldenBooks in Warwick Mall in Warwick, RI.

Additional Information

I am working to raise awareness to Autism Spectrum Disorders and I'm doing so through my Art shows, Inspirational Speaking events, my special jewelry line and now my book. I was on the local NBC TV channel and in several articles internationally and I hope that this upcoming book, "The Alien in Me", will raise more awareness and help many more people on the Spectrum to be heard, and to be understood. My second book is in the making and it combines my poetry and my paintings from a series I call "The Aspie Series"- It will be a very special book that will show how my kids and I see the world, feel and think from our Autistic point of view.



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