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Ione is a noted author, playwright/director, and poet whose works include the critically acclaimed memoir, Pride of Family Four Generations of American Women of Color, Listening in Dreams and This is a Dream! Other works include; The Night Train to Aswan and Nile Night: Remembered Texts from the Deep and Spell Breaking; Remembered Ways of Being, and Anthology of Women’s Mysteries.

She is the playwright and director of Njinga the Queen King (BAM’s Next Wave Festival )and the dance Opera Io and Her and the Trouble with Him ( Union Theatre, Madison,WI) The Lunar Opera; Deep Listening For_Tunes. (Lincoln Center Out of Doors), She has created two experimental films, Venezia e L’egitto and Dreams of the Jungfrau.  Ione and Pauline Oliveros collaborated on The Nubian Word for Flowers, A Phantom Opera. Encompassing the Nubian Diaspora and the life of Lord Horatio Herbert Kitchener of Khartoum, the opera is “a deep dream exploration of Nubian soul and the Colonial Mind”.  Premiere: 2017 Roulette Intermedium and NWF Pocket Edition, NYPL @Lincoln Center February 2020. IONE’s most recent opera, TOUCH, with composer Karen Power, premiered at Irish National Opera in 2021. Ione is also an improvising sound/text artist who performs in the United States and Internationally.

Ione is the Founding Director of the Ministry of Maåt, Inc ( MoM, Inc) and Former Artistic Director of Deep Listening Institute, Ltd.  Both organizations seek to foster a harmonious world community. The recipient of the 2019 Arts Mid Hudson Individual Artists Award and a Certificate of Merit from the General Assembly of the State of New York, She was a member of the Kingston Arts Commission for two years. Currently, a Deep Listening Certification Mentor at Center for Deep Listening, Rensselaer, Troy, NY.,her most recent opera, TOUCH, with composer Karen Power, premiered at Irish National Opera in 2021. (

Leighla Frances Whipper (1913-2008)

Leighla Frances Whipper, author, songwriter, and restaurateur, was born on September 22, 1913 in Athens, Georgia into a prestigious family that encompassed the wide ranging areas of literature, theater, medicine, and social activism.  Leighla was the daughter of the noted Hollywood actor Leigh Whipper and … Read MoreLeighla Frances Whipper (1913-2008)

Ionia Rollin Whipper (1872-1953)

Dr. Ionia Rollin Whipper, physician and social reformer, was born September 8, 1872 in Beaufort, South Carolina. She was one of three surviving children born to author and diarist Frances Anne Rollin and Judge William James Whipper. By 1878, as the Reconstruction period was ending … Read MoreIonia Rollin Whipper (1872-1953)