Medlock has been a writer,
editor, publicist, teacher, speaker,
commentator and speechwriter. Now her work has expanded
to include, “poet.”
Her background includes editing Viet Nam
Presse in Saigon, and teaching in Japan and the Congo. In
the US she has written articles for Look, The New York Times,
The Journal of Commerce, Editor & Publisher, Working Woman,
Lear’s, CoEvolution Quarterly, New Age Journal and Education
Week; counseled major corporations on using media; developed
textbooks, and edited the Children's Express news service.
She wrote ad copy and annual reports to pay the rent on her
Central Park West apartment, plus speeches for US political
figures and for the Aga Khan. Never in all that writing did
she publish poems. But she was writing them.
In the 1980s, concerned that too few people
were actively participating in this democracy, she launched
Heroes Project to inspire people to stick their necks
out for the common good.
In 2003, Medlock looked up and noticed
that a giraffe had eaten the last couple decades of her life.
Writing heroes’ stories was great work but there were
these poems piling up in her desk drawers, and they began
clamoring to be released.
Being an experienced editor, graphic designer,
and publisher of books for the Project and an impatient autocrat,
she leap-frogged over the usual slow process of petitioning
for publication and produced Arias,
Riffs & Whispers, Words Written for Voices, a “beautifully
printed” book of 70 poems.
Readers move with her through an extraordinary
life, seen from a vantage point of wisdom, humor and grace.
A dead tiger is dumped on a Saigon sidewalk; John Singer Sargent’s
subjects talk to each other; Mother Nature plays trickster;
blue-eyed interlopers are evicted from the Congo; a Puerto
Rican data clerk gives voice to the lost in the Trade Center;
Lenin, Jesus and Calvin Klein collide in Red Square—it’s
quite a ride.
Now living on an island in the Pacific
Northwest, Ann Medlock is doing readings from the pages of
Arias, Riffs & Whispers, her experience on radio, on stages
and on podiums coming into play before rapt listeners, many
of whom say they’ve been turned off by poetry, “but
this is interesting.” Laughter, sighs and tears are
Several interviews with Ann Medlock are
available online. One was done by the Global
Ethics Institute. In 1998 Ann won the Caring
Institute's Caring Award and was interviewed for their
magazine. She also was a "Soul Guest" on Gary
Zukav's website and she was named an education innovator
by the NEA.
She's been interviewed by Time, Parade,
The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, Good Morning
America, Lifetime, and innumerable other broadcast
and print outlets, all of which control the rights to their
materials, so they can't be posted here. An interview
with Ann ran in a now-defunct magazine called Personal Transformation.
Next up from Ann Medlock—a novel
of New York in the ‘60s, working title: Walking
the Mermaid. In the queue behind that: The
Book of the House, pictures and words about building
Alexander and living in the resulting Pattern Language
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