Listen to the Codex

•June 22, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Calling upon the energy of origins, Cindy Rinne’s sensuous Listen to the Codex parallels a woman’s journey with the cycles of the earth. These imaginative poems of opening, embodiment, and surprise bring the sacred to the everyday: lighting candles and sage, invoking meditation, chanting, dirt rituals, and the guidance of a self-healing robot. A book of flight and remembrance, Rinne shows how the act of losing and finding calls us to listen, root ourselves in the natural world, and “breathe a circular breath.” – Jennifer K. Sweeney, author of Little Spells and How to Live on Bread and Music

Listen to the Codex is my second chapbook. I am thrilled to be in the Yak Press family. This new book is part of the Native Blossoms Chapbook Series Three, Number 1. Each book in the series has a native blossom on the cover and a poem with the title of the blossom. Mine is black sage (Salvia mellifera), a native blossom in southern California.

The poem BLACK SAGE begins with:
I am a seed. Breathe
a circular breath.
Pulse. My heart becomes
an eye. I see through
a web of cut patterns.
(First published by “Sea Foam Magazine.”)

Being published by a local publisher allows me to do readings with other wonderful poets in the Native Blossoms Series. Anne Yale, Editor, sets up readings and my book launch.

Cindy Rinne Reads from Listen to the Codex, with Special Guests
Hosted by Yak Press
Sunday, July 23, 5:00-7:00 PM
Skylight Books
1818 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

As a fiber artist, I like to include excerpts from my poems. I recently finished a series of small art works. Each one has an excerpt from Listen to the Codex.This one has lines from QUESTIONS.

PRE-ORDER Listen to the Codex for $10 now through July 16, 2017. I will send you an autographed copy with free postage (in the United States). Details and another poem at



•May 9, 2017 • Leave a Comment

“Take Flight” at Studio C, 260 W. Bonita Ave., Claremont, CA 91711 is a two-person collage exhibit featuring Elizabeth Carr and Cindy Rinne. Curated by Denise Kraemer! The exhibit is full of life in layers, textures, and colors for spring. Opening reception was Sat., May 6, as part of the Claremont Art Walk. Appreciated friends attending the opening on a cool, possibly rainy night. (Elizabeth is at the left and I am second from the right.)

Elizabeth and I met a few times to discuss this exhibit. The title for the exhibit came as I saw butterflies, dragonflies, birds, and moths in my art. Elizabeth was reading a story about birds and discovered she had similar motifs in her art. She came up with this great title.

Studio C is an art gallery and studio space run by Elizabeth. She has created a welcoming gallery containing eclectic art and gifts. We both have wall art and jewelry. And I have Poetry Scarves in this exhibit.

During the month I gave “The Alphabet of Gifts-Creativity Workshop.” It was great fun to see how people gave their own interpretation to the exercises. Participants created gifts for themselves and a gift to give another which included a fiber art collage + jewelry by Elizabeth Carr.

On May 20 at 6:30-8:30 pm join Yak Press Presents at Studio C Poetry Reading. Enjoy the “Native Plant” series and have a poem typed just for you. Featuring: Nancy Carroll, Brian Sonia-Wallace, Cindy Rinne, Melisa Malvin-Middleton, Cody Deitz (by virtue of technology), and Anne Yale!

“Take Flight” is on view through June 1, 2017. Gallery Hours: 10am-6pm, call first to stop by on Sundays (909) 289-9401.

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An Idea is Born

•January 13, 2017 • 2 Comments

I was a visitor to the University of California Riverside Campus to read my poetry as part of a national movement called, “Writers Resist Reading.” I had to park across campus to find a numbered spot. The walk to the event was beautiful between rain storms.


This reading of fiction, historical documents, and poetry was dynamic and sad. Many stories by many cultures and all ages. A few days later and I am still holding what was shared. I was surprised at how choked up I became as I read my poetry about Manzanar.


I tried to retrace my steps back to my car as it was getting dark. At some point, I realized I was lost. I saw a young woman doing yoga in front of a building. I asked her for help to get back to parking lot 6. I was not where I needed to be! She had extra time before class and said she would show me a short cut to my car. We had a great conversation about how to find your passion/destiny. This was a special time and I found my car.

Later I felt like I had met someone magical. I am curating an art exhibit in fall 2017 about this sort of thing. I researched the character she reminded me of, I ordered a book, and some fabric to create a folktale. It will be a while, but art and a story came from getting lost and listening.


•November 7, 2016 • Leave a Comment

How exciting to have a solo show as the Featured Artist at The Threshold Art Gallery in Redlands, CA. This is a new gallery owned by Aeron and Michelle Brown. Several artists exhibit all the time and one is featured in the front window and walls.


I created several new art works for this show. It was fun to order new fabrics, update my thread colors, and discover treasures I already had to use in the works. As several pieces were completed, I noticed two things: Color themes of light and autumn colors and a shift in style to more graphic arts/ narrative. This shift began a few years ago, but now seems to define my style. The following is a new piece called, “Illusions.” From vintage Chinese stitchery, Japanese Yukata to 1950’s fabric shapes, and Nigerian lace there’s quite a variety in the combinations.


Besides wall pieces there are shelves in two windows available. This was the opportunity to try something new: tapestry sculptures. They are size of small Japanese screens. I like the transparency so light can show through. I play with the back and front of the tapestry. There is space to write my poetry on the back of the wood. These can be placed on the floor, on a desk, or a table. This is “Floating Lily Pads.”



The Opening Reception was a lot of fun. Guest musicians Wendy Hunt and Jennifer Vallely were amazing as were guest poets Michael Cooper and Evelyn Johnson. I got to read too. I appreciate all who came. Canda Lodge even did a painting of me reading poetry. All gifts! Thank you to the community vision of Aeron and Michelle and to all who came and joined in. The show runs through Nov. 29.



In conjunction with the show I will hold a writing workshop on Sunday, November 13 from 2-4. Using prompts students will be inspired by the art on the walls for their writing.

Winter Tea Ceremony

•September 17, 2016 • Leave a Comment

For my next novel in verse I am writing about a winter Japanese Tea Ceremony – the lanterns in the garden, the waiting place, and a place to wash your hands. Inside find a scroll for the winter season and a vase of plum blossom branches.


Right after researching the tea house, I jumped at the opportunity to visit the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden in Pasadena, CA. This garden was conceived in the 1930’s as a private garden including a tea house, which is now open to the public on Thursdays and the last Sundays. It is like a secret treasure hidden in the city.


I come to write poetry with a group lead by Kathabela Wilson. Her husband, Rick, plays various flutes in the background as we write and share poems. I love the time spent exploring the garden and writing. I find a bench behind a Buddha statue and under a maple tree as the sun shines through.


burnished orange dragonfly / kissed yellow water plant / many voices

pine cones reached / three directions / branches curl / vein the sky / unseen lizard scampered to hide

above a rug of pads / purple lily strained to sun / bronze crane squawked


Becoming Sculptural

•June 20, 2016 • 3 Comments

Normally my fiber art is hung on the wall. As I was about to create a sculpture of my own, I sought inspiration from an amazing exhibit. I explored Beverly’s Garden at the Sam And Alfreda Malloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts in Alta Loma, CA. My quest was to see “Sculpture in the Garden 2016” curated by Juan and Susie Thorp of the Bunny Gunner Gallery. The sculptures were humorous, magical, geometrical, etc. Light shimmered. Mobiles rang.

I thought of bones while viewing T. Robert-Pacini’s work and sat on a bench enjoying Brenda Hurst’s sculpture made of rusted cans. I experienced the African symbols of Charles Dickson’s sculpture. The art became part of the landscape of native plants and of the sky.



(from top to bottom: T. Robert-Pacini, Brenda Hurst, and Charles Dickenson.)

Suzanne Fontaine’s mobile of recycled materials rang gently in the breeze, William Catling’s piece soared, and Pat Warner’s sculpture drew me close.



(Suzanne Fontaine, William Catling, and Pat Warner.)


My sculpture will go indoors. I have been working on the tapestry for months, creating a base and collaging ethnic and vintage fabrics. Here’s the frame my husband and I built of Redwood. I’m still deciding if I want to write text on the frame.


The tapestry now stands on its own. Light passes through. I think of placing objects on top or at the base. Sculpture creates it’s own room to explore. These are details of the yet unnamed art. I still have a month to pull it together. In the meantime I observe it in my living room. I like the idea of creating a piece I can walk around.



Inquiry, Discussion, and Experimentation

•May 9, 2016 • Leave a Comment


I decided to spend Mother’s Day at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. It’s free and parking is $3. Amazing for LA. The museum is the right size to see it all in an afternoon. They always have special events like performance art, workshops, sketching, etc. This time the AIX Scent Fair was featured and you could spend time sketching. Taking pictures from the outside can be fun too.


The Hammer also creates an inviting environment to sit and rest or spin on chairs. It was fun to people-watch as they rested or had conversations on quilted or wooden chairs and benches.



“Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1033-1957” was the show that brought me here. I have a book about this already, but I wanted to see the actual art. Even though I have seen work by several of the artists before, it was great to see them together. I realized how much the artists from this college influenced contemporary art, dance, music, and poetry. The work that I create has been inspired by many in this show: Anni & Josef Albers, Robert Creeley, Merce Cunningham, Ruth Asawa, Elaine & Willem de Konning, Robert Rauschenberg, Peter Voulkos, Susan Weil, and many others. I spent time with Anni Albers’ weavings and listened to the poets voices. Watched a video of Merce dancing and listened to John Cage. I like combining the arts and this college had that happen often.


Seeing exhibitions can refill your spirit and give you fresh ideas. I listened to an echo inside of Oscar Tuazon’s sculture and marveled at the magic of each person in “Catherine Opie Portraits.”


The Museum gift shop is a fun exploration. I was happy to find at the entrance a cart of poetry by people of color. I own some of these books and know some of the authors. I picked up a chapbook by Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingde that is hand-bound and found “Four From Japan: Contemporary Poetry & Essays by Woman.”


Add dinner and phone calls with the kids and it’s a wonderful Mother’s Day!

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