Carrie Newcomer is a performer, recording artist, and educator, described as a “prairie mystic” by the Boston Globe and one who “asks all the right questions”Carrie has 17 nationally released albums on Available Light & Concord/Rounder including The Point of Arrival, The Beautiful Not Yet, A Permeable Life, and The Geography of Light. Newcomer has also released two companion books of poetry & essays, A Permeable Life: Poems and Essays and The Beautiful Not Yet: Poems, Essays & Lyrics. Her song “I Should’ve Known Better” appeared on Nickel Creek’s Grammy award-winning goldcertified album “This Side,” and she earned a regional Emmy for the PBS special “An Evening with Carrie Newcomer.” Recent media appearances include PBS’s Religion and Ethics and Krista Tippett’s On Being. Newcomer’s first theatrical production, "Betty’s Diner: The Musical," recently produced by Purdue University, is now available to interested theaters, universities, and spiritual communities. Newcomer was a cultural ambassador to India and has traveled to Kenya and the Middle East, performing in concert halls, hospitals, schools, and spiritual communities. She has lent her support to organizations focused on social justice, health and hunger services, progressive spirituality, and environmental preservation. She lives in the woods with her husband and two shaggy dogs. For more about Carrie Newcomer visit www.carrienewcomer.com.
Parker J. Palmer is a writer, teacher and activist whose work speaks deeply to people in many walks of life. He is founder and senior partner of the Center for Courage & Renewal. His books include A Hidden Wholeness, Let Your Life Speak,The Courage to Teach, The Active Life, To Know asWe Are Known, The Company of Strangers, The Promise of Paradox, The Heart of Higher Education, Healing the Heart of Democracy and, most recently, On The Brink of Everything: Grace,Gravity & Getting Old. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University ofCalifornia at Berkeley, as well as 13 honorary doctorates, two Distinguished Achievement Awards from the National Educational Press Association, an Award of Excellence from the Associated Church Press, and major grants from the Danforth, Lilly, and Fetzer foundations. In 1998, the Leadership Project, a national survey of 10,000 educators, named him one of the thirty most influential senior leaders in higher education and one of the ten key agenda-setters of the past decade. In 2010, he was given the William Rainey Harper Award (previously won by Margaret Mead, Marshall McLuhan, Paulo Freire, and Elie Wiesel). Living the Questions: Essays Inspired by the Work and Life of Parker J. Palmer, was published in 2005. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin. “We have been trying to bridge the great divides in this great country for a long time. In Healing the Heart ofDemocracy, Parker J. Palmer urges us to ‘keep on walking, keep on talking’—just as we did in the civil rights movement—until we cross those bridges together.”—Congressman John Lewis, recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Nonviolent Peace Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Gary Walters is a performing and recording musician, composer, arranger and educator. He has been touring and recording with Carrie Newcomer for over fifteen years. He has performed and recorded with many of Central Indiana’s finest musicians, including theIndianapolis Symphony Orchestra. His compositions range from jazz pieces, works for chamber groups and small orchestras incorporating elements of post-Modernism and improvisation. He is a former faculty at Butler University, teaching applied Jazz Piano as well as directing several jazz combos. Gary has released two solo recordings, Moments in Time and TheWay Through, reflecting his varied musical influences and original compositions, as well as recording a band project with The Icarus Ensemble. Gary has appeared on many nationally released recordings including seven with CarrieNewcomer. Gary was also arranger and music director for the 2016 production of Betty’s Diner: The Musical. He has recently released Sanctuary, a book of solo and choral arrangements. Beginning in 2013 Gary has joined with author Parker J. Palmer and musician Carrie Newcomer to create two nationally touring stage shows, Healing theHeart of Democracy, and What We Need is Here: Hope Hard Times and the Human Possibility.