From 1997 to 2001 I was a buyer for the New Leaf Company, a wholesaler of Mind/Body/Spirit books, music, and gift merchandise. New Leaf publishes a trade magazine/catalog called New Leaves, which would feature book excerpts, interviews, and industry news. During my tenure at New Leaf I conducted a number of interviews for the magazine; I’ve just posted three of my favorites to this website. Follow the links and enjoy.
- Where No One or Nothing is Excluded — I interviewed Irish poet and visionary John O’Donohue for the July 1999 issue of New Leaves. Reading it today, it’s eerie how he all but predicted the horrors of 9/11 and beyond.
- A Conversation with the Compost Queen — From 1997, my interview with Trina Paulus on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of her lovely book Hope for the Flowers.
- Return of an Angel — One of my favorite bands from my teen years is Renaissance, a melodic, classically-influenced progressive rock band whose music and lyrics were unabashed mystical. So it was truly a treat for me to conduct this interview with Annie Haslam, the lead vocalist of Renaissance, in which we discuss her solo career as well as her spirituality.