Poet, composer, international performing and recording artist Richard Fammerée is founder and director of UniVerse of Poetry [www.universeofpoetry.org] and co-director of Saint Cloud [www.saintcloud-theartband.com]. A widely published poet, he is a pioneer of the global renaissance of poetry and music, scoring poems into alternative/contemporary art songs. His album Fammerée Volumes I & II, “pansophic and visceral in the same breath,” marries passion and spirituality echoing his book of poems Lessons of Water & Thirst, included in the Poetry Library of Royal Festival Hall, London. Manfred Gordon (Cambridge University) describes this volume as “sensual and psychological, lush in the tradition of French Symbolism.” Collaborations include recordings with poet Li-Young Lee and Emmy award-winning singer Toni Childs. Three projects have been produced by David Tickle. An inveterate global explorer, Richard Fammerée appears in Who’s Who in the World and is featured on ReVerse with Mark Strand, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Li-Young Lee, Simone Muench and Lou Reed. He produced and hosted Poetry & Its Music International for the University of Chicago and Northwestern University.