As she explores writing and producing music, traveling author and singer-songwriter Heather Hoeksema has begun to draw inspiration from women.
On Feb. 23 and Feb. 24, Hoeksema is performing a concert in Moab and signing copies of her latest book, both creative endeavors that are inspired by women's stories.
“Both the music and the stories became about giving a voice to women and to girls,” Hoeksema said in an interview with the Moab Sun News on Feb. 19. “Drawing connections between generations of females across time and place. Such abrupt changes happened from one generation to the next. Instead of seeing that as a problem, I wanted to show that there are similarities between women of all ages.”
Hoeksema is performing at the Moab Arts and Recreation Center (MARC), 111 E. 100 North, on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Admission to the show is free, but she is accepting donations and those in attendance donating $10 or more will receive a copy of her latest CD "The Rode-show." The album includes nine original songs of vocals and acoustic guitar by Hoeksema.
On Sunday, Feb. 24, Gallery Moab, 87 N. Main St., is hosting a book signing event with Hoeksema from 2 to 4 p.m. Her book is called “Flash Light: 9 Girls’ Stories for Grownups.”
She will have copies of the book available for $28 and her CD available for $20.
While the stories are fiction, she said, they are inspired by true accounts from women.
“I tried to draw connections between stories and the songs,” she said.
Hoeksema’s stop in Moab is part of what she calls a “casual tour.”
After a decades-long career as an architect, she said she sold her Los Angeles, California house and went to “take a break” in Sun Valley, Idaho. While there, she found a travel trailer for sale and decided to hit the road to share her creative endeavors.
In addition to her book of short stories and album, she has published an architectural book called "Singular Butterfly Verse 3/3" as the first book in a series called "Singular Architecture."
Hoeksema said this book “cross-connects natural environments with holistic human health.”
More information about Hoeksema and her work is available on her website, singulararchitecture.com.