There’s a new website in town for those of you interested in imaginary worlds and worldplay. Especially for those of you who would like to share your imaginary world with others like you–no matter what age. Check out mysecretcountry.org, the brainchild of Marlo McKenzie, a filmmaker right now working on a documentary about paracosm play. […]
Last month I had the great good fun of talking with cognitive psychologist, blogger and podcaster Scott Barry Kaufmann about my book, Inventing Imaginary Worlds: From Childhood Play to Adult Creativity Across the Arts and Sciences. Scott is currently Scientific Director of The Imagination Institute in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, […]
Some things are planned; some fall into your lap. Getting ready to cross-post my secret country interview with Galway Kinnell to my Psychology Today blog, I came across a link of Kinnell reading a poem called Oatmeal. I was intrigued. I bit. And the taste was inspired coincidence. Here’s what I wrote in response: Many […]
Imagine my surprise the other day when I opened the weekly newletter from the Center for Childhood Creativity. Inventing Imaginary Worlds gets a great review from Helen Hadani, Ph.D., Associate Director of Research at CCC, a program of the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito, California.
When I began my research into worldplay (aka paracosm play) over ten years ago there was very little current research to draw on. But things have begun to change. I like to think my early articles on the subject had something to do with that. Certainly I found some early interest and support among academic […]
I recently spoke with Lidia Rozmus, graphic designer, sumi-e artist and haiku poet, about her adult invention of an imaginary world. “Let There Be a Little Country”: A Conversation with Lidia Rozmus was published in the spring/summer 2014 issue (37.2) of Frogpond, the journal of the Haiku Society of America. Follow the link here for […]
I’ll use this page to make periodic posts about imaginary world invention in the news, up-to-date research on the topic, and random acts of worldplay I have the good fortune to come across. But I’ll begin with a little bit about me. I live in Michigan, and an old friend–the children’s book author Debbie Diesen–has […]