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6 Great Palm Springs Authors Share Their Current Work

Join six Palm Springs authors - Lin Phillippi, Art Coopleston Arthur Wilhelm, Rev. Irma Oestmann, Brandy Wilde and Ronni Sanlo - as they share their publications and talk about their works in progress. The audience is welcome to share their works in progress as well.

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BIO - Dr. Ronni Sanlo

Dr. Ronni Sanlo is Director Emeritus of the UCLA Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center (LGBT) Center and a frequent keynote speaker and consultant on LGBT issues in Higher Education. Now retired, Dr. Sanlo was the Senior Associate Dean of Students and professor/director of the UCLA Masters of Education in Student Affairs and on the higher education faculty at California State University Fullerton. Ronni is the originator of the award-winning Lavender Graduation, a commencement event that celebrates the lives and achievements of graduating LGBT college students. She continues to research and write with a focus on LGBT history which is the foundation for the award-winning documentary Letter to Anita. Ronni’s memoir is The Purple Golf Cart: The Misadventures of a Lesbian Grandma. Her most recent publication is The Soldier, the Avatar, and the Holocaust, an historical novel about the last five months of WWII. Currently, Ronni is writing a futuristic stage play about LGBT life in homophobic America in 2055. She enjoys great adventures with her wife, Kelly Watson. They reside in both Palm Springs, CA and Sequim, WA.

BIO - Clarice Gillis  aka Brandy Wilde, will be with us as well. She has such an interesting story as a lesbian burlesque at the Place Pigale in Paris!  Very colorful 70-something.

Tease: A Memoir by Brandy Wilde
Tease  intimately reveals the backstage story of world-class strippers on the national and international stages in the 1960s and ‘70s, full of both glamour and danger. It is Brandy’s intimate story of glamour and rhinestones during an era of international high class stripping, covering fourteen years and four continents.
TEASE is Brandy’s journey through painful heartbreak and tremendous challenges to independence and strength as she danced in low-class bars and high-class clubs. Readers meet Brandy and the women of burlesque through the history and art of striptease. Brandy Wilde, aka Clarice Gillis and her partner of over 40 years live in Southern California.

BIO - Lin Phillipi
Lin Phillippi grew up in Southern California and was fortunate to study acting, art, writing and singing at an early age. Eventually, love brought her to Palm Springs, and she became a lounge singer and a country rock band member for many years. While entertaining, she worked days at a nursery and decided to go back to college to learn about landscape design. She attained her Landscape Contractor’s License in 1993 and successfully operated her own design and installation business for twenty years. She is now happily working for another landscape company installing her creative designs across the Coachella Valley. In her spare time, she is editing her second book, Transplanted, and enjoying performing in an improvisational troupe, “The Improvables of the Desert”. Lin and her long time wife, live in Palm Springs, California with their rescued Schnoodle, Lainie.

BIO - Irma E. Oestmann

Irma E. Oestmann is an ordained a Unity Minister with a number of publications in the Unity Magazine and in The Daily Word. Rev. Irma is a spiritual guide at the Center for Spiritual Living in Palm Desert.
She has learned to dream and image the scenarios that bring relaxation, healing and joy, and invites her readers to do the same through the power of meditation. Rev. Irma says, “May you know your oneness with Spirit and be guided to your greatest Good."

BIO - Arthur Wilhelm

Arthur Wilhelm grew up in North Carolina and graduated from Catawba College. He earned an MA in English from Emory University and an ED.S in Language Arts and a Ph.D. in English from Georgia State University. In addition, he has studied at the University of Besançon (Doubs), France, and the Alliance Française de Paris. He is the author of a dissertation entitled Maurice-Edgar Coindreau: America’s Literary Ambassador to France as well as several articles about Southern writers, most notably William Faulkner, and their critical reception in France. In 1990, he was honored at a White House reception as the National Endowment for the Humanities Georgia Teacher-Scholar for 1990-91. After retiring from thirty-five years teaching in the Atlanta area, he moved to Palm Springs, California, where he continued to teach for ten years at Palm Valley School in Rancho Mirage.
He currently lives in Palm Springs with his partner, also a retired educator.

BIO - Art Copleston

Art Copleston grew up in Florida and enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean War. Following his honorable discharge, he attended the University of Florida in Gainesville where he was a target of the infamous Florida Legislative Investigation Committee, commonly known as the Johns Committee. Art withstood their repeated attacks, and in 1961 he graduated with honors in Engineering. His working career in Industrial Management took him to Boston, Philadelphia and San Francisco. He Retired from Stauffer Chemical Company in San Francisco in 1985. Art and his life partner, Dennis, were 30-year residents of the San Francisco Bay area. A year after moving to Palm Springs, Dennis died in 2002. Art remains active in the Democratic Party, both locally and nationally, and still resides in Palm Springs.

Additional Info

  • When: February 25, 2017 - 10am - Noon
  • Where: The Center
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact: 760-416-7790
  • The LGBT Community Center of The Desert

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