With an undying passion for the Arts and fascination with advancing technologies, this self-proclaimed "Grammar Geek" spends countless hours--online and offline--constantly experimenting and exploring for new ways to expound upon the institution of poetry, and the art of story-telling. Having discovered an entirely new dimension of creative possibilities in the realms of Social Media and simulated-environment technology, PACO-MICHELLE's most recent book project, "WORLD INSIDE DESIGNER JEANS", is a mystically seductive-yet-tasteful compilation of Electronic Poetry and Esoteric Tales.
Her signature style of integrating words and sound with real-life artwork and virtual world imagery, is a subtly symbolic yet very deliberate reminder from the author of the fine-line parallels and inter-connected threads that tend to exist between the spiritual world and the material world...the imagined world of fantasy, and the physical places and circumstances commonly referred to as "reality".
Most inspired since childhood by the works of Nikki Giovanni, Sylvia Plath, and Madeleine L'Engle, Ms. Atwood has gained invaluable insight through deep introspection, personal observation, and an ongoing effort to bring the human experience that lives behind each poem, to the forefront for all to see, hear, feel, and touch. Essentially, to give a voice to poetry that might not otherwise be heard, experienced, or even indulged in our fast-paced world of Digital Acceleration and Innovation.
PACO-MICHELLE's first milestone towards "giving poetry a voice" started coming to life back in the mid-90’s, when she began participating in Open-Mic poetry events and performing with a local band as a background vocalist. After spending the majority of her previous years simply journaling and writing poetry, this was the lovely moment in time when she came to the profound realization that hearing and performing poetry was a completely different experience from simply reading and writing it (...both, for herself and for others.) Once she was introduced to electronic music and the underground social scene, the rest was history! The Los Angeles native was immediately inspired to revisit old poems she had written back in grade school and college, and started recorded them to the backdrop of original Trip-Hop tracks and theatrical sound.
This process of reaching back to the old to create something entirely new, was the inspiration for her first collection of published works, "NEW RENDITION OF OLD BLACK SPIRITUALS". This notion of digging deep to expose the human experiences and personal observations behind her own poetry, is the premise upon which the Spanish-titled theme piece "MUNDO ADENTRO" was named (translated in English as "world inside") Over the years, Ms. Atwood has found this process of "re-visitation and re-creation" to be creatively invigorating and, in fact, quite therapeutic...not only for herself but for other artists and poetry enthusiasts as well. Call it a creative-spiritual Coming-Out party, if you will. But it is from this experience and from these very depths where PACO-MICHELLE loves to dig and delve, for common elements of human experience and universal language to be brought to the forefront of mind and media...hence, the name WITCH HAZEL WIDOW Productions. (Yes, you have to think about it!)