Craig Chalquist, PhD, is the founding editor of Immanence. As Associate Provost at Pacifica Graduate Institute and former department chair of East-West Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, he teaches depth psychology, mythology from a psychological perspective, and ecopsychology, including his terrapsychological version. He has published several books, including Storied Lives: Discovering and Deepening Your Personal Myth.
Jacqui Dziak received her B.S. in Journalism from Bowling Green State University, and her M.A. in Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She has spent her career working in media, selling advertising and creating marketing programs. Jacqui currently has her own business, and represents Playbill on the west coast. She is also a yoga teacher and has had a life-long interest in depth psychology and mythology.
Tiana Ellauri grew up in a vibrant community of dancers, musicians, and artists. Her mother likes to say that Tiana was dancing in the womb and singing before she could speak. Her passion for creative writing, along with her extensive dance training, gained her admittance to UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures program. After many years of multidisciplinary study, she graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Philosophy and a minor in English Literature. After college she worked for California State Parks as a Naturalist Interpreter for almost 10 years before entering the East-West Psychology Program at California Institute of Integral Studies. She obtained her M.A. from CIIS in 2015 with a focus in Ecopsychology and is currently developing a private practice in West Marin County as a nature-connection coach as well as performing locally as a singer. Tiana has served on the editorial board of the International Journal of Transpersonal Studies and is excited to be working with Immanence Journal at the intersection of mythology, depth psychology, nature connection, and artistic expression.
Kelly Lydick received her B.A. in Writing and Literature from Burlington College, and her M.A. in Writing and Consciousness from the New College of California, San Francisco (now at CIIS). Her creative writing has appeared in ditch: poetry that matters, Shady Side Review, Switched-on Gutenberg, Mission at Tenth, Thema, Drunken Boat, and others. Her nonfiction articles have appeared in Java, Western Art Collector, Santa Fean, and True Blue Spirit magazines as well as at ElephantJournal.com. Her work has also been featured on NPR’s The Writers’ Block. She is the author of the chapbook We Once Were, and the experimental work, Mastering the Dream. She teaches writing and metaphysical workshops rooted in Jungian principles, and offers private consultations through her company Waking the Dream.
Lola McCrary read mythology and folklore in elementary school and science fiction in high school and graduated with a B.A. in history and religious studies from Holy Names University in Oakland, CA. She has worked in the Bay Area as a medical claims examiner for over thirty years. In 2012 she received an M.A. in Integral Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in Concord, CA, where she was teaching assistant in a number of courses. Her senior project explored Ken Wilber’s scholarship regarding C.G. Jung. She works as a first reader, fact checker, and proofreader of both fiction and non-fiction in her areas of interest. Her first published article, “Be the Story, Change the Story: Engaging Gender-based Archetypes in Online Science Fiction and Fantasy Fandom,” was recently published in Bonnie Bright Ph.D.’s anthology Depth Psychology and the Digital Age. She is a past Chair of the Board of Trustees at Grace North Church, Berkeley.
Melissa Ruisz Nazario earned an M.A. in English and American literature at the University of Texas at El Paso. Her thesis, “Parting the Shadowy Veil: Trauma, Testimony, and Shadow in Toni Morrison’s Beloved,” received UTEP’s 2006 Honors Convocation Award for Outstanding English Thesis. Melissa has taught college composition, literature, and drama, English as a second language in Japan, and has tutored children and adults. She was content editor and graphic designer for the U.S. Marine Corps Public Affairs Department in Okinawa, Japan, and is currently a technical writer and quality assurance specialist for Advanced Computer Learning Company in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Melissa is the webmaster and production manager at Immanence Journal.
Mary Antonia Wood, PhD, is the owner of Talisman Creative Mentoring, a practice that supports artists and creators of all types. Wood has been as a visual artist for over twenty years, with work featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions and collected by a variety of individuals and institutions. Wood received her doctorate in Mythological Studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute where she is currently adjunct faculty in the Engaged Humanities and Creative Life program. In addition to teaching and mentoring fellow artists, Wood is currently at work on a book for creators of all types based on her doctoral and post-doctoral research on the archetypal forces that shape a creative life.
Zhiwa Woodbury is a lifelong advocate for wildlife and wild places in the Northern Rockies and Intermountain West, currently affiliated with WildLands Defense. He has a doctorate in natural law, and an M.A. in East/West Psychology from CIIS. He was trained in caregiving at Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco, and is Senior Editor for the Buddhist organization Ngakpa International. Zhiwa authored “Planetary Hospice: Rebirthing Planet Earth,” a popular paper presented at the Mind & Life Institute’s International Symposium on Contemplative Studies, and blogs on climate issues at TruthOut.org. He has published in Ecopsychology Journal, “Review & Response to Radical Ecopsychology: Psychology in the Service of Life (2nd Ed.)” with a response included from author Andy Fisher, and the lead article in Ecopsychology’s special edition on the Long Emergency, “Climate Crisis & the Cosmic Bomb: Is the American Dream a Result of Cultural Trauma?” He is a long time dharma practitioner whose keen interest in mythology and spiritual alchemy is based on lived experience.