Phyllis Capanna began writing poems as a college student at Boston University. She dropped out to become a counter clerk in busy Kenmore Square, where she could observe humanity at a distance of about thirty inches from behind a cash register. She went on to work at every major natural foods store in the greater Boston area, then dropped out of retail to complete her education. She earned a B.S. in Occupational Therapy and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology, and has worked in healthcare and human service settings for 25 years. In addition to her formal education, Phyllis has completed the Concord Institute Program in Spiritual Psychology and a two-year Apprenticeship in Shamanic Healing through Foundation For Shamanic Studies teacher, Dory Cote. An accomplished musician, songwriter, and frame drummer, Phyllis has studied with Layne Redmond and members of Inanna, Sisters in Rhythm.
During a previous lifetime in Boston, Phyllis performed with two Boston-based folk-rock bands, Wheatstone Bridge and Purple Martin. Two albums, Simply Fine with Wheatstone Bridge and Don’t Tell James with Purple Martin, contain some of her original songs. She has published a poem, entitled The Escalator, in Dark Horse magazine and did a stint as an arts stringer for the Coastal Journal based in Bath, Maine. Phyllis writes a blog called the Joy Report. Phyllis lives in central Maine with her partner and several animals, and spends her time writing, drumming, teaching and caring for things that need it.
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