Collective Breath – Episode 44 – – 5/9/21 – Transcript


Week of Sunday, May 9th, 2021

Mother’s Day

Number of people attending Facebook (personal portion):

Number of people attending Zoom Meet (group portion):


“There’s no way I can pay you back

But the plan is to show you that I understand

You are appreciated.”

— Tupac Shakur, ‘Dear Mama’

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there! And if I may say before I gain way, I understand this day holds different weigh and triggers kept at bay for listeners with us live here today.

A transcript of this segment and each subsequent session will be posted (for anyone interested) at which is my main outlet for personal poetry and photography: Sideways Eight Projects.

Hello fantastic people! My name is Jesse James Ziegler. I am the current Poet in Residence for the Bruka Theatre of the Sierra in Reno, Nevada. I’m a member of the Sierra Literary Cooperative and the spoken word/poetry contributor to Reno Arts News. I am an active poet, special event MC, principle photographer, special event series host, and now weekly wellness writing workshop host in collaboration with Spoken Views Collective of which I am also a Board Member.

This Weeks Writing Prompt:

This week’s Prompt : Write in response to the abstract phrase ‘Wild Turkeys in Warmer Weather’

I want for this podcast style personal portion to contain information about famous writers and their quotes as well as, futuristically speaking, local guests to this program who help everyone involved gain a diversity of perspective and positively impact our individual process.

Quote(s) of the Week:(1)

“Most people don’t realize turkeys are friendly, they’re social, they’re loyal, they have emotions.”

— Shannon Elizabeth

I’m hoping this sharing and vulnerability I’m demonstrating will encourage others who love creative writing as well to open up, by sharing from their innermost, related to the topic provided. I’m hoping we all gain perspective, compassion, hope, and discipline through such organized sharing.

Piece or Pieces of the Week: (4)

The original pieces This week run the gamut from late night contemplation of a role I recently submitted application to be, to a piece rooted in expected performance, to child storybook ballad of sorts in direct response to the weekly writing Prompt, to a deeply held personal tribute to honor Mother’s Day. The first three were written according to my normal Collective Breath guidelines, since the last episode aired (within the last week). The final piece, St. Erma was written for personal reasons as tribute between October 30th, 2019 and yesterday, May 8th, 2021. It is being shared today in honor of Mother’s Day.

Near It

Round Three

The Ballad of Bellerina

St. Erma

For further personal reading

Check out work from staff and students of Sierra Nevada University, and the University of Nevada. Both schools offer graduate programs in creative writing, and both are easily accessible proximity wise to Reno, NV

Next Week’s Writing Prompt:

Which will also be posted across Collective Breath and Bruka Theatre’s social media platforms: Write about the color yellow.

Shout Outs

Shout out to one of my adopted nieces, SaMoura Horsley for winning Black Rock Press’ undergraduate chapbook contest. Her premiere chapbook ‘Praise to a Body’ dropped May 5th, and all fifty copies sold within a couple of days. However, I was able to secure a copy, and I hope to have SaMoura as a guest on the program to share some of her work before she heads off to graduate school. Congratulations SaMoura, double major in English and Anthropology, cofounder of Wolf Speaks, and member of Spoken Views Collective.

Shout out to Lori and Debby Z, Moms near and dear to me. My own family. I love you both very much, hope you both have a wonderful brunch, and I will miss seeing you both today.

Closing Sentiments and an Invitation

That’s it for my personal portion. If this is where you get off this train of thought, because you checked in to listen, thank you for tuning in and absorbing. I appreciate your time and consideration. If you are here for the Weekly Wellness Writing Workshop group portion via Zoom Meeting, please transition to that application now using the link provided in the details/description section of the Bruka Theatre Facebook Event Page for ‘Collective Breath’. The link to watch previous episodes is in the bio section of the Collective Breath Instagram page @biggestlittlecollectivebreath

‘Keep’ (my frictionless benediction)

Keep writing. Keep your heart open and your mind aware. Keep coming back for more. Keep going. Keep giving. Keep doing. Keep daring to believe in a better way of living. Keep loving and creating. Keep each other safe and sound. Keep it real, and keep the faith. I love you. Goodbye for now.






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