This week our guest is Barry Spector. Barry writes about American history and politics from the perspectives of myth, indigenous traditions and archetypal psychology. He has been published multiple times in the Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche and in several online mythology journals. He is the author of Madness At The Gates Of The City: The Myth Of American Innocence (2011, Regent Press) for which he received a 2011 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award.
Barry has participated in the mythopoetic men’s movement for over twenty years, having developed his enduring passion for mythology within men’s conferences facilitated by Michael Meade, Robert Bly, Malidoma Some’, Luis Rodriguez, Jack Kornfield and others.
He is a staff member with the Redwood Men’s Center in Santa Rosa, CA whose mission is to recognize the need for men to come together in community to express and explore ideas which restore wholeness to themselves, and soul to the world.
Together with his wife, Maya, they have worked with men and women to heal the gaps and wounds between the genders. For almost two decades, they have performed regular celebrations of recited poetry and music, held in the San Francisco Bay Area, and attracting audiences in the hundreds. They have also presented Oral Traditions Poetry Salons in their home and conducted annual Day of the Dead grief rituals in early November which includes storytelling, poetry, small-group sharing, music, drumming and dance. Barry and Maya hope that this and other similar rituals will eventually serve as models for larger-scale events that may influence American culture at a deeper level.