With Gratitude to these Great Souls.
“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun”
― Pablo Picasso
And, what would this world be were it not for the inspiration of these gentle souls - who have so graciously shared their Yes with this world.
Alice Lee is the former editor and publisher of the Alaskan letterpress, Orca, and the former editor and publisher of Whistle Lake Press (Washington state). She received a Pushcart Prize for best of the small presses. Her poems have been published in many anthologies and magazines, including the Alaska Quarterly, the Kansas Quarterly, Calyx, Crosscurrents, the New Mexico Poetry Review, and Adobe Walls. Lee taught college English courses for more than thirty years and now enjoys her time gardening, writing, painting, and traveling.
Patty McCabe-Remmell is a writer and editor based in Saint Petersburg, Florida. Since the 1980s she has written about topics ranging from gourmet cooking to auto racing and beyond, and is working on her first novel, tentatively titled The Beautiful Year. She also dabbles in poetry and essays on her blog, teaches professional writing at the University of South Florida, and fervently hopes the Rays do better this baseball season.
Dominique Mazeaud's calling for the last thirty-five years has been to answer “What Is the Spiritual in Art in Our Time?,” a question she has lived as a gallerist, curator, artist, and writer, but mainly as a seeker preferring to call herself a heartist who does art for the Earth. She expresses her deep love for the Earth in ritual performances, community projects, and installations.
Kathy Trapp has been creating stories and narratives her entire life. She has no memory of a time without books, spoken stories, or fantastical mental narratives to the everyday goings on of her life. The first story she ever wrote was an illustrated story of a lion and his friends that she wrote in kindergarten—a treasure she still has, thanks to her mother. It was because of the positive influence of her mother and her amazing elementary educators that Kathy became a lifelong learner. Today, Kathy is an early childhood educator and writes as a hobby.
Faith Keolker is a native of England. Faith came to live in Hood River, Oregon, in 2006, where she started a home care business with her husband. The beauty of the Columbia Gorge has reawakened Faith’s creative voice, and she now writes poetry in her spare time. She is currently working on a collection of “traditional poems for our time” and is passionate about writing in a traditional, classical style.
Dan Phillips was born in Troy, New York, on August 30th, 1964. Raised mostly in California, he has been dabbling in poetry on and off since 1998, and lives in Santa Ana, California. He is single, and has had a lifelong interest in horror films and history.
Erinn Magee is a Global Nomad currently living in Panama City, Panama. An educator, she is the high school principal at Balboa Academy. Her hobbies include teaching her dog Puchika Ines how to sea kayak, rocking in rocking chairs while reading great works of literature and student essays, and enjoying life in the company of her husband, Silvio.
Kip Silverman is a writer of poetry, spoken word, bad haiku, and various other annoyances who lives in Portland, Oregon. Kip is a father of three incredible daughters and spends a good amount of time working to make this world a less horrible place through conversation and technology. He also is a great admirer of trees and a finely crafted cocktail and has at least once run for the office of the president of the United States. He currently has several strange Web sites, including http://politaiku.com/ and http://nirvanaflats.com. He is a member of the Portland-based writing group The Guttery. http://theguttery.com.
Donna Wetterstrand is a modern-day enlightened spirit. She confesses to an ongoing, all-consuming addiction to evolving into the most expanded human she can be. Donna descends from a line of spiritual adepts, including two Mother Superiors and the Swedish mystic Emmanuel Swedenborg. Donna serves through her thriving life-counseling and business consultation practice. Most recently, Donna helped develop the well-respected Guide Certification Program currently offered through DivineOpenings.com. She is a mentor to the guides in training, and also offers sessions to anyone interested in learning how to manifest with ease and joy. Donna is also a published artist and writer and the mother of a wonderful daughter. You can contact her at email@example.com.
Genise R. White is a poet, writer, editor, and DJ. She has been writing poems and short stories since she was a young girl, and is soon to publish two books. She is also a Board Operator/DJ for two radio shows: Main Street Universe on Blog Talk Radio and her own creation, World Reggae Party, on Radio Fairfax, Fairfax, Virginia, where she reignites America with world reggae music. She volunteers for many community organizations and works as a substitute teacher in grades K–6 for the Fairfax County Public School System.
Patricia Zylius is an incurable copyeditor. She gardens, practices tai chi, walks, and listens mostly to music written before 1750 and jazz. Her poems have appeared in Caesura, Monterey Poetry Review, Sand Hill Review, Red Wheelbarrow, Catamaran Literary Reader, Ellipsis, and Women Artists Datebook. In 2012 she published Dear Sweeties: Tom Cuthbertson on His Dance with Cancer, by her late ex-husband. Her chapbook Once a Vibrant Field was published in 2013 by Finishing Line Press.
Brandi Leigh Whitehead works in the Los Angeles area music industry. She has been a promoter/manager for an underground hip-hop artist and worked as a lyric co-writer. She won the Indiana State championship for her short stories and poetry when she was ten years old, and has since published several poems. She is writing a book series for children and intends to create a record label that helps children in need.
Linda Thompson Whidby is a freelance writer, poet, and essayist. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary English Education from Kennesaw State University. Linda is currently writing her memoir and has been commissioned to co-author the memoir of American innovator T. David Petite. When she is away from her writing desk, Linda may be spotted indulging her love of interior design with a paintbrush, a sledgehammer, or a nailgun. She owns a home-remodeling business with her husband, Terry, in Marietta, Georgia. You can find Linda’s articles, poetry, and essays at www.lindawhidby.com.
Brittany Tobiason wakes up every day smiling. She plays house in various tents in a sunny valley in Western Washington state where she decorates her little snail shell of a golden trailer, grows rampant vegetables, writes in a hammock and feels like a little old man in spite of her pigtails in the rainbow sunset. She is a freelance writer and editor and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Silvio Sirias is the author of Bernardo and the Virgin (2005), Meet Me Under the Ceiba (2009), winner of the Chicano/Latino Literary Prize for Best Novel, and The Saint of Santa Fe (2013). A native of Los Angeles, he spent his adolescence in Nicaragua and currently lives in Panama with his wife, Erinn Magee. He also has a collection of essays titled Love Made Visible: Reflections on Writing, Teaching, and Other Distractions. The Routledge Companion to Latino/a Literature lists him among the handful of authors who are introducing Central American themes into the U.S. literary landscape.
Tosha Silver grew up thinking one day she would be a rabbi, a lawyer, or a weathergirl. But fate had other ideas. She graduated from Yale with a degree in English Literature, but along the way fell madly in love with metaphysics and yogic philosophy. For the last 30 years, she has taught many ways to align with the inner Divine. She lives near San Francisco and also writes a spiritual column at examiner.com. Her books are Outrageous Openness and Make Me Your Own. More information at www.toshasilver.com.
Heather S. Friedman Rivera, R.N., J.D., Ph.D., is an author and past life researcher. She co-founded PLR Institute for advancing past life research. Dr. Heather speaks, writes, and hosts retreats. She is the author of Healing the Present from the Past: The Personal Journey of a Past Life Researcher, Quiet Water, and Maiden Flight. Learn more at www.plrinstitute.org, www.heatherrivera.com or email email@example.com.
Heather Rader has always loved to write. Many times in her life, her journal has been her best friend. She's an educational coach, columnist, blogger, and author. You can find her at heatherrader.com to see what's on her mind.
Doreen Perrine has published three novels through Bedazzled Ink, and her short stories have been published in anthologies and literary ezines including The Copperfield Review, Lacuna, Freya's Bower, Raving Dove, Harrington Lesbian Literary Quarterly, Read These Lips, Sinister Wisdom, and Queer Collection. Doreen's plays have been performed at Here Arts Center, WOW Café Theatre, Under St. Marks Theatre, and Manhattan Theatre Source in New York City. She is also an artist and art teacher who resides in the Hudson Valley of New York.
Dr. Marissa Pei is an inspirational speaker, organizational psychologist, corporate consultant, TV commentator, author, and talk radio show host of “Take My Advice, I’m Not Using It: Get Balanced with Dr. Marissa,” a popular show on the Universal Broadcasting Network with over a quarter million downloads and 20,000+ regular listeners (www.ubnradio.com/drmarissa). She is the recipient of the 2012 Asian Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the 2007 Remarkable Woman of the Year, and the 2005 Role Model of the Year Award in Business and Media. Her book Mommy, What Are Feelings?, an interactive children’s book illustrated by her daughters, has been recognized for helping autistic children all over the world. She has been featured as a television guest and commentator on major network shows including Nostradamus: A Scientific Inquiry (Discovery Channel), Totally Out of Control People (ABC/Discovery), Busted on the Job (FOX), UFO’s: Put to the Test and Monster Myths (The Learning Channel); Making It (KTLA) and KUSI-TV News and CW6 in San Diego.
Andrew B. Newberg, M.D., is Professor of Emergency Medicine and Radiology and Director of Research, Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University and Hospital. He is co-author of the best-selling books Why God Won't Go Away and How God Changes Your Brain, as well as Words Can Change Your Brain. He has also published several academic books, including Principles of Neurotheology and The Metaphysical Mind. His work focuses on the relationship between the brain and religious, spiritual, and mystical experiences.
Joseph Millar, poet, grew up in western Pennsylvania and was educated at Penn State and Johns Hopkins University, where he earned an M.A. in poetry writing. He worked as a commercial fisherman and telephone repairman for more than 20 years, and his accessible narrative poems, influenced by the work of poets Philip Levine and James Wright, often take working life as a means of engaging themes of class, family, and romantic love. In a 2009 interview for Pirene’s Fountain with Charles Morrison, Millar stated, “We must have the ambition for our poems that they reach toward the sublime, that they speak from our own true selves and are grounded in the experience of our daily lives, including our dreams and hopes.”
Jennifer Milich is a poet and singer/songwriter who has been living and working in Brooklyn for the past 20 years. She studied poetry with Cornelius Eady at SUNY Stony Book and was the first student board member at Stony Brook's Poetry Center. She is also one of the founders of Scarlet Fox Letterpress, a creative collective that produces Salons based out of Ditmas Park; these events highlight and share the original work of artists in all mediums. The Scarlet Foxes just created and released Jennifer's first music video, "Calling Derek Jeter," viewable on YouTube.
Kathy McGrath works as a consultant in Chicago. She has two wonderful, grown children, Andrew and Amanda, a husband, Ozzie—who also likes to write poetry—and her doggie companion, Buddi! Kathy loves writing and taking pictures of people and nature. She is part of the DivineOpenings.com community created by Lola Jones and is awake to a Grace-filled life, finding Joy and Bliss in the Presence.
Tara Lemieux is a mindful wanderer, spirited inspirationalist, and weaver of words. Although she may appear to be listening with great care, rest assured, she is most certainly lost in thought. She is an ardent explorer and lover of finding things previously undiscovered or at the very least mostly not-uncovered. To find Tara and read more of her musings, visit: www.mindfullymusing.com.
Wayne Lee is a Canadian/American who lives in Hillsboro, Oregon. Lee’s poems have appeared in Tupelo Press, The New Guard, Sliver of Stone, Slipstream, and other publications. His awards include the Mark Fischer Poetry Prize and the SICA Poems for Peace Award, and he has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and three Best of the Net Awards. His third collection of poems, The Underside of Light, was published by Aldrich Press in 2013. Learn more: wayneleepoet.com.
Dorianne Laux’s most recent collections are The Book of Men (winner of the Paterson Prize) and Facts About the Moon (winner of the Oregon Book Award), both available from W. W. Norton. Laux is also author of Awake, What We Carry, finalist for the National Book Critic’s Circle Award, and Smoke. She is co-author of The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry. Widely anthologized, her work has appeared in many literary journals. She and her husband, poet Joseph Millar, are founding faculty at Pacific University's low-residency M.F.A .program. They live in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she teaches poetry and directs the M.F.A. program at North Carolina State University.
Fred LaMotte is the author of Wounded Bud: Poems for Meditation, published by Saint Julian Press. He is an interfaith college chaplain and adjunct professor of world religions living in Olympia, Washington.
Sally King is the author of the novel Heirs and Graces and the upcoming sequel Folly in the Mist. She is a mum and a businesswoman who owns 100k Hairdresser, a training company for hairdressers. She squeezes her novels and other writing in when she can, but acknowledges that it’s all so much less effort since embracing author and teacher Lola Jones’s motto to “just say yes.”
Maureen Buchanan Jones is the Executive Director of Amherst Writers & Artists and leads creative writing workshops in Amherst, Massachusetts, under her business, Writing Full Tilt. Her poetry has appeared in Woman in Natural Resources, 13th Moon, Peregrine, North Dakota Quarterly, Letters from Daughters to Fathers, WriterAdvice, Equinox, Calyx, and Chrysalis. Her book of poems, blessed are the menial chores, is available on her website: www.writingfulltilt.com. Maureen’s novel, Maud & Addie, is with Writer’s House of New York. She holds a Ph.D. in English Literature.