An art therapy project in an Alaska Native village helps teens talk about suicide in their community. by Kiliii Yüyan | May 1, 2019 | Pacific Standard Magazine I discovered a wonderful article in Pacific Standard Magazine recently, “In the Land of Hope and Grief: An art therapy project in an Alaska Native village helps teens talk about suicide in their community.” This compelling piece was written by Kiliii Yüyan, whose work in Gambell, … Read More
Dear Friends and Family, Stories are King As a kid I got grief from my family because my stories would always veered toward the dramatic. Since mine was a scientific family, facts were king. When my mother died a few years ago and I became the last living member of my nuclear family, I realized that my stories were now the stories. There was no one else to offer a different point of … Read More
Ernest Albrecht, Reviewer Spectacle Magazine Vol. VIII No. 2 March, 2019 Jeff Raz has had a remarkably varied career in the performing arts that has supported him and his family for decades. His book ‘The Snow Clown‘ deals with only a small portion of his artistic endeavors, this time in the unlikely venues of the remote frozen tundra of Alaska and the equally unlikely heartland of Nebraska. In both of these venues clowning and … Read More
Dear Friends and Family, Ken Burns, the documentary film maker, says that communication only happens between people who see eye-to-eye, who see each other as equals and equally human. This sounds obvious, even a cliché, but it is very hard to do in practice when you take the full weight of this seriously, and to heart. For example, I’m doing a book event at S.F. State University later today – how will I … Read More
Dear Friends and Family, It’s surprising, and somewhat disconcerting, when other people understand my books better than I do. Chris Ertel, author of the national bestseller ‘Moments of Impact; How to Design Strategic Conversations that Accelerate Change‘, told me that ‘The Secret Life of Clowns‘ addressed corporate “learning and development” in “a vivid and universal way.” Not what I was thinking when I wrote it. At recent Snow Clown readings, I’ve been getting … Read More
Northern California Public Media’s Word By Word: Conversations With Writers host Gil Mansergh wanted to juggle things up a bit, so our first guest for 2019 is the internationally renowned juggler, clown, teacher, playwright and author Jeff Raz. They discussed Jeff’s latest book, The Snow Clown and Jeff’s adventures teaching circus arts in Alaska to Native students.
In this Podcast, Jeff speaks with Dr. Ricky Fishman of Health Grooves about the role of clowning in health and healing as well as his own journey to become a world-renowned clown. Jeff talks about his life path including his professional clowning career and co-founding Medical Clown Project and his belief in the healing power of laughter.
Book Review Vol. VIII, No. 1 January 2019 The Snow Clown: Cartwheels on Borders from Alaska to Nebraska by Jeff Raz ISBN 978-0-9979048-2-6 Jeff Raz has had a remarkably varied career in the performing arts that has supported him and his family for decades. His book The Snow Clown deals with only a small portion of his artistic endeavors, this time in the unlikely venues of the remote frozen tundra of Alaska and the … Read More
The Snow Clown is full of stories, of course; it is also about the power of stories across cultures. Near the end of the book, a group of high school students in the Yup’ik village of St. Michael take the power of storytelling away from their teacher, who has been rehearsing the student show using Shakespeare’s “Seven Ages of Man” speech as the overall structure. Note: Charlene, who you will meet in a moment, … Read More
Dear Friends and Family, 2019 has started fast for me and ‘The Snow Clown‘, with lots of book events and interviews (see below). In my spare time, I have, like you, been reading, listening to and watching stories about everything from the wonderfully diverse class of new U.S. Representatives to the government shutdown to the four beautiful circus/theater shows I attended in December. Stories are a hot topic in 2019, and not just … Read More