David Bedrick Iris Keltz, and David Perez
David Bedrick is a speaker, teacher, and attorney and author of the acclaimed Talking Back to Dr. Phil: Alternatives to Mainstream Psychology and his new book Revisioning Activism: Bringing Depth, Dialogue, and Diversity to Individual and Social Change. David spent eight years on the faculty of the University of Phoenix and has taught for the US Navy, 3M, psychological associations, and small groups. He has received notable awards for teaching, employee development, and legal service to the community.
David completed graduate work in psychology at the University of Minnesota and clinical training at the Process Work Institute, where he is a diplomate and adjunct faculty member as well as a member of the ethics committee and the advisory board for the master of arts program in conflict facilitation. As a practitioner of process-oriented psychology—a branch of Jungian psychology—he has worked with groups, couples, and individuals for over twenty years. He teaches and speaks on the topics of shame, night time dreams, weight loss and body image, diversity and social injustice, and alternative psychological paradigms. David is a blogger for Psychology Today and The Huffington Post and counsels people internationally.
Iris Keltz was raised in New York City with a family that stressed the Jewish narrative of suffering in a two-thousand-year Diaspora culminating in the Nazi Holocaust. She grew up believing that tiny Israel surrounded by dangerous enemies was greening an empty wasteland in order to create a safe haven for world Jewry. Her memoir, Unexpected Bride in the Promised Land (2017 NightHawk Press) tells the story of her marriage in 1967 to a Palestinian poet at the onset of the Six Day War. Thirty-two years later she returned to the West Bank, Gaza, and Israel to bear witness to the repercussions of that war.
Her first book, Scrapbook of a Taos Hippie: Tribal Tales from the Heart of a Cultural Revolution (2000 Cinco Puntos Press) is an award-winning memoir that documents the counterculture in New Mexico where she has lived since the early seventies. Keltz’s op-eds, and essays have been published widely in print and electronic form. A founding member of Jewish Voice for Peace-Abq, and Friends of Sabeel-New Mexico, she has worked for decades advocating for human rights for Palestinians.
Keltz recently retired from a forty-year teaching career that began in Harlem and ended as a reading teaching Albuquerque. Although her adult children and grandchildren live on opposite coasts, Keltz has remained in northern New Mexico, forever in love with walking rain clouds, roasting chile, adobe homes, and magnificent sunsets and moonrises.
David Pérez is a writer, editor, actor, radio host, and performance teacher with decades of experiences in the literary and performing arts. He heads Verdad Creative, which offers a full range of writing, editing, and performing services.
David is the author of two memoirs, WOW! (11B Press, 2011) and WOW! 2 (Nighthawk Press, 2016), both of which chronicle his multi-faceted coming of age.
Latinostories.com has cited David as "One of the Top Ten Latino Authors to Watch and Read." His editing clients include both established and emerging writers and poets. Among those is the critically acclaimed The Murder of Fred Hampton (Laurence Hill Books, 2009) by attorney Jeff Haas, which is now in its fourth printing. He was principal editor for Transitions of a Nuyorican Cinderella," by poet Maria Aponte. The book won Second Place for Best Poetry Book in English from the 2013 International Latino Book Awards.
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