Inspire Hope 2, the benefit concert I co-organized last night, was a true inspiration. Four hours of gorgeous poetry, mesmerizing dance, rocking music. A silent auction full of beautiful art and books and other treasures. Together, we raised over $1000 for grassroots hurricane relief. I am so grateful to all of the performers, all of the artists, all of the generous donors who made it happen.
I MCd the entire evening, which was a lot of fun. Not something I ever could have envisioned a few years ago, when speaking in front of people felt like a terrifying hurdle, something I didn't even want to attempt. I am amazed by how comfortable it has become. I remember one of my poetry professors once told me that he threw up before he taught his first class, he was so nervous. I couldn't imagine it; he was such an incredible teacher, so confident and at ease(at least that's how he seemed to me.) His words gave me hope; if he could overcome his fear of teaching, of speaking, so could I. And, to my astonishment, I have for the most part (although I still can get painfully shy and tongue-tied at times.) Of course the fact that the audience was so supportive and receptive (and generous) last night helped me feel at home at the mic. Thank you to everyone who came, everyone who performed, everyone who made the evening so special. When people come together, amazing things can happen. I love that our community will be helping the communities of the Gulf Coast; I can't wait to mail the check to CODEPINK to support their hurricane relief and rebuilding efforts.