RW worked as a teacher, dean of discipline, assistant principal, principal, and headquarters administrator in a nearly thirty-year career in public education.  Concurrent with his career with the LA Unified School District, he has pursued spiritual/ personal growth paths (with variable success and satisfaction) from Advaita to Zen for over forty years.

Born in Los Angeles and raised in the suburban San Fernando Valley, he has been a resident of the formerly bohemian (now high tech) Ocean Park district of Santa Monica, CA since 1974.  Although he identifies experience and creativity as his greatest teachers, he has acquired a BA and two graduate degrees with a total of ten years of seat time in higher education.  He is in other words, an educated fool.

Klarin has travelled to over 60 countries and over 100 hot springs, exhibited a solo painting show, published poetry, and performed at numerous open-mikes.  Among his greatest pleasures is racing his Porsche sports car through Topanga Canyon.

He and Adwin Brown hatched the vision of a creative collective that inspires creative expression for all.  Encouraged to birth the vision on-line by WF Pray, a lifelong writer and also a former teacher, now RW edits, publishes, and manages The Firebird Rising imprint between golfing and meditating.

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