Jul
01

Free Audiobook of CAGED

Narrated by “The Voice of MMA” Mauro Ranallo, CAGED is now available as a free audiobook download. Chapters will be released here every few days. Stay tuned for future releases.

 

Jun
30

Bonemeal

The tiny book that packs a big punch. “Bonemeal” takes readers on a journey through post-Katrina Louisiana, war-torn Rwanda, the slums of India and elsewhere. Now available from Finishing Line Press.

Jun
30

CAGED

Check out the award-winning memoir that has received glowing endorsements by writers such as Dinty W. Moore, fighters such as Ken Shamrock and news sources such as The Huffington Post and The Australian.

 

 

 

Feb
06

The Next Big Thing: Author Interview Chain

A few weeks back I was asked by writer Joshua Gray if I wanted to answer 10 questions about Malaria: Poems. It was part of an “interview chain,” a hip new way for fellow writers to connect and spread word about their future books and projects. He wanted me to be the next link, and soon I’ll be asking Gint Aras to be the link after mine. Here goes:

(1) What is the working title of your book (or story)?

Malaria: Poems

(2) Where did the idea come from for the book?

I was invited in June 2011 to attend the Wellcome Trust’s Community Engagement workshop last year in Chiang Mai, Thailand. They wanted me to listen to all the scientists and global health workers speak and then to open each morning with a poem or two that captured the essence of it all. It was a fascinating experience, one I never could have expected. Through connections made there I applied for and was awarded a grant to study malaria with researchers from Mahidol University and Oxford University in order to complete a full-length book of poems.

(3) What genre does your book fall under?

Poetry

(4) Which actors would you choose to play the characters in a movie rendition?

Forest Whitaker and Jessica Chastain

(5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Poet Dorianne Laux said it best: “These are poems that nestle in the space between insect and skin—mosquito and mankind—and so sing the simultaneously beautiful and destructive qualities of both.”

(6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

By an agency

(7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Six months

(8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

In Stag’s Leap, Sharon Old’s sought after each perspective of divorce. My book tackles its topic in ways similar.

(9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?

The country of Thailand, the people I’m fortunate enough to have in my life, the human need.

(10) What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

While it’s “about” malaria, the arch of the circle traces wider and wider and it’s evident that we all are malaria. It began as a book about history’s deadliest disease but upon completion I realized it’s about humans and humanity.

Check out some of the other writers who are part of the chain:

 
 

Jan
31

Watch as “Malaria” Takes Motion Comics to a Whole New Level

Got 5 minutes? Edson Oda’s motion comic deserves your time.

São Paulo writer and film director Edson Oda originally wanted to submit “Malaria” to the Django Unchained Emerging Artist Contest but was unable to do so because of time constraints. So he submitted another piece he made called The Writer and, you guessed it, he won.

But his short motion comic Malaria continues to be talked about in both the art and global health communities. The work blends Origami, Kirigami, time-lapse photography, nakin illustration, comic book illustration, Western-inspired cinema, layered metaphors, fire and even the artist’s own hands to create an absolute masterpiece that will continue to push the boundaries of art for years to come. Animations do not move like this and motion comics do not move like this. With João Pinheiro’s illustrations and voice acting by Antonio Moreno and Rodrigo Araujo, Oda’s “Malaria” blends old and new disciplines so seamlessly that in many ways he has created something entirely new.

And we haven’t yet touched upon the implications for global health. Even those who work in the malaria community have expressed excitement about this. By most accounts, the malaria parasite has been responsible for half of all human deaths since the Stone Age. Still, it hasn’t achieved the kind of rockstar status as HIV/AIDS or cancer and this means funding is often tough to come by. So Oda’s work, a piece of art that uses the mosquito-borne infectious disease as character and commentary, has sparked conversations among researchers and public health specialists about their role in being paid to eradicate malaria and even in what would happen in the unlikely event of a miracle breakthrough that swiftly brought an end to malaria.

“Malaria” tells the tale of Fabiano, a bounty hunter whose job it is to kill the character named Death. But Death’s rational logic makes him question his mission. Here it is. Enjoy:

Article originally published here on The Good Men Project.

Jan
10

Cameron talks fighting on HuffPost Live

What situation would make you actually strike another person? Are men biologically wired for war? How to stop the problem of bullying? A huge array of topics were thrown around. Here’s how it went down:

Aug
06

2012 Global Human Trafficking Conference

I’ll be attending the 2012 Global Human Trafficking Conference by Slavery No More. Click here to register.

Jul
18

Human Trafficking Conference in Manila (July 19-20, 2012)