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About valdeswrites

I write poems and essays. My commentaries about music, theater, the visual arts can be heard on the radio. I've been a piano teacher. After 25 years as an arts journalist, I find deep pleasure as a writing coach. I coach at the Alder St. Studio here in Philadelphia, and at the Muse House in Chestnut Hill. I also work with writers online. I've lived in many beautiful cities and traveled to many parts of the world thanks to my coverage of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Philadelphia is my adopted home.

“And yet life w…

“And yet life would be unbearable without friendship,” Sarah Ruhl

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Getting Sirius: Demetrius Oliver’s Canicular at the Print Center

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Hurry: Maine Sublime ends October at Olana

Fog Off Mount Desert PDF NGA-1  (Federic Edwin Church, 1850, oil on academy board. 11 1/2 x 15 1/2 in. Private Collection, promised gift, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Maine Sublime: Frederic Edwin Church’s Landscapes of Mount Desert and Mount … Continue reading

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Writing the Pleasures at Muse House begins April 3

Still time to join us for: Delight! Writing Down the Pleasures, Wednesdays 2-3:30 pm. April 3- 10- 17-24; May 1-8-15-22, 2013. Call 267-331-9552 or  Let’s celebrate the small joys in life!  This workshop aims to sharpen writing practice by … Continue reading

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Writing the Pleasures 3/28 at Fuomo Branch/Free Library

Thursday, March 28, 6 pm to 7:30, the Fuomo Branch of the Free Library is hosting an introduction to my Writing the Pleasures workshop in the very short essay. All welcome, but please call ahead to register.  This is a … Continue reading

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Follow me on Twitter or…?

Follow me on Twitter or…?.

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Follow me on Twitter or…? Dear Friends, Sadly, since mid-September I’ve been off the air on WRTI, 90. 1 FM, a part-time gig I was privileged to enjoy for precisely one decade. I thank you for your listening & reading support. This blog & … Continue reading

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Red-Eye to Havre Grace: E.A.Poe at Live Arts Fest

Red-Eye to Havre de Grace, Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental + The Wilhelm Bros & Co. Direction and Stage Design: Thaddeus Phillips; Original Score: Wilhelm Bros. Live Arts Festival, Philadelphia, Suzanne Roberts Theatre, Sept 7-16, 2012. He thought he was going home … Continue reading

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“Much Ado…” by the Mauckingbird

Much Ado About Nothing (Wm. Shakespeare adapted & directed by Peter Reynolds,) Mauckingbird Theatre Company, Off Broad St., at 1636 Sansom St., August 10-26, Reviewed for WRTI, 90. 1 FM. We’re so used to the antics of Beatrice and Benedick, … Continue reading

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