Amanda Lanzone

Amanda Lanzone

If there is one thing I wish I did better it’s draw, but I’ve been fortunate to surround myself with talented illustrators. When I owned the Cocoa Village Playhouse in Florida, Susan Rush did all the posters and art design. Jeff Bowe did the art work for the massage school and now I’m blessed to have found Amanda Lanzone. A good marketing person will tell you presentation is everything, and Amanda’s work is both creative and whimsical. Amanda’s illustrations appear in my first chapbook “26point2poems,” and she designed the cover for “A Thousand Peaceful Buddhas.” Her work has appeared in “The New Yorker” and “The New York Times.” You can view her work atĀ



Doug D'Elia meets with Sister Megan Rice

Doug D’Elia meets with Peace Activist & nunĀ Sister Megan Rice.

Written on the 25th anniversary

of the Tiananmen Square Massacre.



Such a tiny man in the shadow of all that metal

each of his hands holding tight to a bag of

produce fresh from the market that he may

never get to eat, his body the only weapon

against such tyranny, climbing onto the metal tank

in the center of Tiananmen Square banging on the turret




Such a tiny man, Thich Quang Duc,

the Buddhist monk sitting lotus

in the center of a busy Saigon street

as his brothers pour gasoline

on his body and lit him afire

in protest of unfair treatment towards

Buddhists by Catholic converts.

His disciplined body never flinching as

his flesh melts away amid the whispers,



Such a tiny woman, Sister Megan Rice,

the 85 year-old Catholic nun that has spent

a vast portion of her life in Africa ministering

to the poor, now sentenced to 5 (to life?)

years in prison for breaching security at

the maximum security nuclear facility

in Tennessee – the makers of weapons

of mass destruction, armed with nothing

more than spray paint and a bible, banging

on the door yelling,