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Book details
  • Genre:POETRY
  • SubGenre:General
  • Language:English
  • Pages:104
  • Format:Paperback
  • eBook ISBN:9781543990140
  • Paperback ISBN:9781543990133

The Soprano, the Monster, and the Dragonslayer

by Vashti Stopher Klein

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The Soprano, the Monster, and the Dragonslayer is a magical story of healing told in poetry and music with captivating artistic elements by Carol Collett Desert Studio.

Follow the journey of the Soprano as she struggles with a Monster who threatens her very essence—her voice. With the help of a skilled Dragonslayer, she must be brave enough to face the Monster, but will she emerge victorious?


The Soprano, the Monster, and the Dragonslayer is a magical story of healing. It tells the tale of a Soprano, long ago, who was faced with the decision to save her life, though doing so meant threatening the essence of her life—her voice. She must be brave enough to defeat an evil Monster with fiery eyes and snake-like tendrils. With the help of a fearless Dragonslayer, they must conquer him. Her voice is then heard in poetry and music, illustrated by enchanting artistic elements by Carol Collett Desert Studio.

About the author

Vashti Stopher Klein is an award-winning filmmaker, folksinger and songwriter in the Washington, DC metro area.

Vashti came from a long legacy of musicians. Her grandfather was the founder and director of the Louisiana State University School of Music for over 30 years and her grandmother, after whom she was named, wrote the first Louisiana state song, The Song of Louisiana. Vashti’s father was an accomplished musician as well, and he encouraged her singing. After his sudden death, she found music to be healing. Throughout her young adulthood, she sang locally in Maryland at charity events, the USO, and on open mic nights where she won a competition at the Cellar Door.

Eventually the responsibilities of adulthood and a filmmaking career took over her life, and singing was put on the back burner. She loved film making and won many awards, including the CINE Golden Eagle; Gold at the Houston International Film/Video Festival; Blue Ribbon at the American Film/Video Festival; and Best Director, International Monitor Awards.

Inspired to produce artistic products with positive effects that ripple throughout the world, she formed Butterfly Effect Productions, Inc. and, in 2014, Vashti released her first album, The Heart of Things. The following year, her album, Path to the Sun, Moon and Stars was born. She worked with gifted local musicians such as the exceptionally talented Roger Hooper of Roger Hooper Music, who helped arrange her songs and was pianist on that album.

Over the last year, Vashti decided to capture her poetry and music in a book and began her search for an artist to illustrate her work. She reached out to Carol Collett, her friend of many years, because of Carol’s exquisite artistic sensibilities. Carol was excited about the project, and her work and Vashti’s poetry seemed meant to be.

Vashti continues to sing and write music, short stories, plays and poetry. Her music ranges in style from a Kentucky farm, to a Gaelic pub, to a concert hall. She believes poetry and music can heal.


Carol Collett, of Carol Collett Desert Studio in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a national award-winning quilter, fiber artist, and teacher. Carol developed a passion for sewing, crafting, and design at an early age. Her talents extend to unique quilt making, mixed media art, wearable art, fiber art, and jewelry making.

Carol was a finalist in the national 2006 $100,000 Quilt Challenge. She was the first-place winner in a national quilt contest sponsored by Quilts and Other Comforts. Carol has won numerous ribbons since 2000 in annual local and national quilt shows. Her creative works have been published in the following: American Quilter; Haute Handbags; Apronology, and the $100,000 Quilt Challenge Magazine. Carol has taught in Arizona Quilt Shops, the American Sewing Guild, and Quilt Camp in the Desert. Her work is frequently shown at trunk shows throughout Arizona.

In the mid 1990's Carol founded and chaired the annual U.S. Senate Arts and Crafts Fairs. Images contained herein are drawn from Carol's vast body of artwork including art quilts, one-of-a-kind designer jackets and vests, an art bottle and a photograph of the C&O Canal in Virginia. Before retiring in 1996, Carol enjoyed a 23-year career in the United States Senate in Washington, D.C.

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