Bio

Creative Life Bio

green-eyed girl©2016 Holly TroyI’m a rock-n-roller poet who left the Big Apple for the Big Sky Desert where I’ve been letting it be and grooving with universal love, singing to the gods, dancing with the muses and bicycling with dreamtime messengers. I like altering my reality through imagination, movement, and breath — and I help others do the same through yoga and the workshop Writing the Energetic Body, a practice of “exploring writing through the lens of the chakra system.” I am a certified yoga instructor through the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center and hold a BA in Art and Creative Writing from Hunter College. My work has been published in Cosmopolitan Magazine, Night Train, Earth’s Daughters, Elephant Journal, Creative Essence Magazine, and as a featured guest poet for bentlily.com. Oh yeah, I’m a painter and printmaker, too.

Artist Statement
My work is a physical response to my relationship with Nature and how I move through it. I’m not satisfied with skittering along the surface, with looking at the world from a distance—I have to dive in, get dirty. Whether I’m mountain biking, meditating, writing or painting, I explore the edges, the places of shift and change, where the thin quiver of constant movement along boundaries is almost unseen. Pushing the edge requires being in the moment; it can be prickly, sharp, and jagged—it can also be fun, expansive, and sublime. My work often begins as a meditation in agitation. Pressing the surface of discomfort, moving with the medium, creates a shift. The result is playful and raw. I know a piece is done when I step back and find myself dancing.

Exhibits:
August 2016
Solo Show
Bookmans Entertainment Exchange – 1520 S Riordan Ranch St., Flagstaff, AZ 86001
May 2016
Mama Terra Group Show with The Matter(s) Collective
b.e. Yoga Center – 9 N. Leroux, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Publications:
Telepoem Booth ~ “Crush (1976)”, “Detour”, “Where Asteroids Come From” , “The Most Beautiful Thing”, “Wish I Were the Earth” poems (recording) recorded and produced by Elizabeth Hellstern, Flagstaff, AZ, March 2016
Bentlily.com ~ “Crush (1976)” poem (featured poet of the week) December 2012
Night Train ~ “Detour” poem, 2011elephant-journal-logo-image-logo
Elephant Journal ~ “Pay Attention, You’ll Feel Better” (article) September 13, 2010
Elephant Journal ~ “The Good Life” (article) October 13, 2010
Elephant Journal ~ “Arizona’s New Immigration Law Doesn’t Go Far Enough” (article, satire)  April 25, 2010
Creative Essence Magazine ~ “From the Energetic Body to the Page: Discovering the Self” article, Fall 2009/Winter 2010ed
Earth’s Daughters #72, Splinters & Fragments“Where Asteroids Come From” poem, 2008cosmo
Cosmopolitan Magazine ~ Online Bedside Astrologer, 1996

Media:
National Public Radio/KNAU ~ “Detour” poem featured in a story about the Telepoem Booth project on Audio Postcard in honor of National Poetry Month.
April 22, 2016

Workshop Creator and Facilitator:
I focus on exploring how freedom in creativity, movement, play, energy and ritual work together and have the potential to deepen our experience of life.

Going Deep ~ Sojourn at the Underworld: Releasing Shame and Rooting in the Bliss Body Co-facilitated with Sydney Francis
Flagstaff, AZ – November 2013
fireflyPartner Journey through the Chakras – An Exploration of Energetic Boundaries and Exchange: Firefly 3rd Annual Forest Gathering 2012
Coconino County, AZ – July 2012
Finding Your Voice, Speaking Your Truth, Claiming Your Power: Flagstaff Yoga Festival 2011
Flagstaff, AZ – August 2011
Writing the Energetic Body: Flagstaff Yoga Festival 2010 
Flagstaff, AZ – August, 2010
Writing the Energetic Body: Bisbee Yoga Expo 2010 
deer-spirit-reiki-logoBisbee, AZ – February, 2010
Meditation and Movement Leader for Deer Spirit Reiki Circle
Madison Wellness Center, New York, New York – January 2010
Journaling through the Chakras: Flagstaff Yoga Festival 2009 
Flagstaff, AZ – August 2009
Oms and Eats – 2007 (New Year’s Eve Meditation, Goal Setting, and Celebration): Mountain Waves Healing Arts – Flagstaff, AZ

Online Workshop:
Writing the Energetic Body Online Workshop
4 Week Online Course ~ Shedding Inhibition and Divining Your Intentions Workshop ~ Writing Past the Mind and into the Chakras
~October 23rd, 2014 to November 2014 – Place, Somatics and Self-Discovery
~ May 28, 2014 to June 17, 2014 – Place, Somatics and Self-Discovery
~ March 1st to March 28th, 2014
~ October 5th to November 1st, 2013
~ March 11th to April 2013
~ January 27th to February 23rd, 2013
~ June & July 2012
~ May 2012
~ February & March 2012

Places where I teach:
I am currently on yoga sabbatical.
Truly Fit – Flagstaff, AZ
Gentle Beginner Hatha
Hatha Yoga
June 2014 to November 2014
Urban Energy Medicine – Phoenix, AZ
Moderate Hatha 
January 2013 ~ May 2013

Northern Arizona Yoga Center – Flagstaff, AZ
Substitute Yoga Instructor/Sivananda Yoga
June and July 2012
Blue Lotus Good Heart Yoga – Tucson, AZ
Moderate Hatha
October 2011 – January 2012
Paititi Institute – Peru
August 2011
Henderson House
July 2009 to May 2011
Forest Highlands Golf Club – Flagstaff, AZ
Summer 2010
Harmony Studio – Flagstaff, AZ
Gentle Core Yoga, RealEase Yoga, Gentle Flow Yoga, Lunch Hour Yoga, Restorative Yoga Nidra
September 2009 through April 2010
Mountain Waves Healing Arts Center, Flagstaff, AZ
Classical Hatha Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Yoga Nidra
October 2008 though October 2009
Madison Wellness Center – New York, NY
Sivananda Yoga/Classical Hatha
April 2006 through June 2007

Musician/Performer:
1986 to 2004
Clubs: The Knitting Factory, CBGBs, Webster Hall, Upstairs at Nick’s, Khyber Pass, Lion’s Den, The Continental Divide, Club Luxxe, The Cupping Room, Le Bar Bat, The Fort at Sidewalk, The Lismar Lounge, Maxwells, Brownies, Coney Island High
Discography:
Coming Soon

Education:
ArtBox Institute 2016 – Flagstaff Arts Council
Flagstaff, AZ May 2016
Anatomy & Asana with Indeera Johnn
Aligning the Spine: A Body-Mind Centering® approach to yoga
, Workshop
Tucson, AZ  October 2011
Treehouse Thai Massage Spa
certificate (5 CEU’s), Introduction to Thai Massage
Tucson, AZ  July 2011
Deer Spirit Reiki
certificate (master), Advanced Reiki/Reiki Teaching
New York, NY 2007 – 2007
louderARTS
New York, NY  Spring 2005
Poetry Project with Nada Gordon
New York, NY  Fall 2004
White Tail Center
certificate, Reiki Levels 1 and 2
Milford, PA 2004 – 2004
City University of New York-Hunter College
BA, English-Creative Writing, Art – Painting and Etching
New York, NY
1994 – 2003
Magna Cum Laude
4.0 in Major Fields of Study
Lenore Lipstein Poetry Prize
Activities and Societies: Phi Beta Kappa
holly troy sivananda certificationSivananda Yoga Vedanta Center
Yoga Teacher, Yoga, Vedic Philosophy
Woodburne, NY 1996

Activities:
Arizona Yoga Association

board member
October 2011 to October 2012

Recent Posts

108 Days of American Sentence – Day 18

Cold wet weight crushing old limbs already heavy with sap, springtime snow.

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Spring snow © 2017 Holly Troy

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