"As a poet who "cross trains," it has been my life's work to dedicate myself to the oral tradition and the celebration of heroes."
Dianne Tittle de Laet is an author, poet and harpist. As a writer, her theme is the hero. As a musician, she recreates the ancient performance art of praise song at the harp by giving voice to women with recitation and song from the Greek, Biblical, Norse and Irish oral traditions. As a contemporary “praise singer,” her subjects are love and war and her original compositions include, whenever possible, surviving musical fragments.
Dianne has performed her own poetry as well as giving voice to women from the ancient oral tradition both at home and abroad. She was a consultant for Scholastic Books on their Greek Myth Project for middle school children and gave programs of Greek myth, Sumerian verse, and Irish poetry to elementary school children. She co-founded "The Live Poets", a poetry hour on local TV with poet, Ryland Kelley. They hosted programs for 12 years. In 1994, she initiated The Hero Project at the Redwood City Arts Center.
In 2000, she performed in the ancient theater at Ephesus, Turkey. In 2004, she was invited to participate in the cultural programming that attended the recreation of the Nemean Games in Nemea, Greece. Her presentation called: Voices: A Praise Song for Peace involved harp and drum and included ancient and contemporary verse. In 2005, she was invited to present her Praise Song for Earth in the ancient theatre of Argos, Greece. Again in 2008, she performed in the ancient stadium in Nemea, Greece, under the auspices of the Society for the Revival of the Nemean Games.
In 1997 she founded The Arete Fund with the proceeds from a memoir entitled "Giants and Heroes: A Daughter's Memories of Y.A. Tittle." The Arete Fund is a non-profit, charitable organization that supports education locally and acts globally to encourage greater cultural understanding by means of humanitarian, educational and artistic projects.