Contributors


Will Linn

Co-Host, Mythosophia

Host, (Founding Co-Host) JCF Mythological RoundTable

Pacifica Graduate Institute

Richard Dugan

Host, Mythosophia

Santa Barbara News-Press Radio

Judy Piazza

JCF MRT Event Coordination

The Ojai Foundation

Aaron Kemp

Writer & Video Editor

Pacifica Graduate Institute

Devon Deimler

Writer & Advisor

Pacifica Graduate Institute

Craig Deininger

Advisor & Founding  Co-Host of JCF Mythological RoundTable

Pacifica Graduate Institute

Mathew McClain

Advisor & Founding Co-Host of JCF Mythological RoundTable

Pacifica Graduate Institute

 

William Michael Linn II, 28, holds a BA in philosophy from The University of the South in Sewanee, TN, a “Certificate of Readiness” from Harvard Business School, and an MA in mythological studies with an emphasis in depth psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, CA. Will’s dissertation focuses on Classical, Abrahamic, and scientific origin stories of knowledge, and is entitled, Particles of Stone and Waves of Elixir: Western Origin Stories of Knowledge and Their Climactic Turns; it will be completed in the winter of 2015. His committee consists of Evans Smith, Keiron le Grice and Maria Tatar, chairs of Pacifica’s mythology program, Pacifica’s archetypal psychology program, and Harvard’s mythology and folklore department. In the fall of 2015, he will begin teaching mythology to undergraduate film and arts students at Relativity Media’s new Relativity School in downtown Los Angeles. He currently co-hosts a radio show that he created for the Santa Barbara News Press called Mythosophia, in which he interviews leading story artists and scholars from such territories as myth and religion, sci-fi and fantasy, visions and dreams, rituals, novels, films, comics and other storytelling formats and mediums. He is in his fourth year as founder and host of the Joseph Campbell Mythological RoundTable of Ojai, CA, which meets beneath the historic Teaching Tree at The Ojai Foundation. Will has also joined the Joseph Campbell Foundation’s Myth Making committee. In the last five years, he has been a leader and participant on research tours through England, Prague, Israel, Jordan, Turkey, Greece, Italy, and the Vatican. These tours were oriented around his mythological interests in Arthurian legend and the Holy Grail, the Golem and alchemy, Abrahamic religion and Classical mythology. He is the oldest of five closely knit-brothers, and has had the good fortune of having lived in Birmingham, AL; Findlay, OH; Detroit, MI; Sewanee, TN; Myrtle Beach, SC; Orlando, FL; and Ojai, CA.

Richard Dugan, host of Tell Me Your Story: New Paradigms for a New World, has been interviewing for over 35 years. During this time he has spoken with thousands of authors, musicians, metaphysicians, spiritualists, creators, body workers and psychologists, visionaries, revolutionaries and innovators.  Legally blind from birth, Richard entered audio mass media. He worked in the AV Department of his community college, and was then hired by ‘Sun Sounds,’ a radio reading service for the blind and visually impaired. He also became a client. In 1981 he began hosting interviews for Sun Sounds on a show called “Sun Talk.” In 2007 he started his current show, “Tell Me Your Story,” on Kist AM radio. And in 2008, the show moved to KZSB News-Press radio when he became the station’s operations manager. Richard’s dream is to “drive, travel to faraway places, maintain my radio show from the road, teach others my craft, meet new and exciting souls, and complete my two book projects.” He has been driving since shortly after a lens implant in 1996 and is in the market for a Winnebago.

Series Consultant and Writer for Episode 9: Devon Deimler holds a BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculptural Studies from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, a city in which she ran an independent record label and hosted art and music events during and following her education. She also holds an MFA in Mythological Studies with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, CA. She is currently working on her Ph.D., as well as being a practicing artist. Her most recent article, Reflections on Excess: Love, Death and Eroticism in Vodoun Myth, as Guided by Georges Bataille, can be found on the website for Luvah: Journal of the Creative Imagination. She lives in Los Angeles.

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