With 84 poems by 63 poets from 5 countries, this anthology explores the many faces of transcendent experience.
Susan P. Blevins
Ana Fores Tamayo
Suzanne Gili Post
Alex S. Klein
Michael H. Levin
Lucía Orellana Damacela
Carrie Magness Radna
O. Alan Weltzien
The Spirit It Travels: An Anthology of Transcendent Poetry
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- Paperback: 201 pages
- Publisher: Cosmographia Books (August 1, 2019)
- ISBN-13: 978-1732269095
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: .71 pounds
- Category: Poetry/Anthology
Mary Alter is a college student from Long Island, New York. In addition to writing fiction and poetry, she enjoys horseback riding, snowboarding, and wasting her weekends reading.
Gabriela Alvarado is a high school senior in Sacramento, California, who identifies as Quaker and Chicana. She spends all the time she can writing and expanding her knowledge of utilizing language.
Craig Barker is an English Language teacher currently based in Norwich, England, and is a recent graduate of the University of East Anglia. When not fixating on the correct pronunciation of certain vocabulary items, he spends his time writing, reading, and trying to stay afloat at the local pool. Most days he manages just fine.
John Barrale’s poetry and flash fiction has been published in numerous print and online publications and has won several awards. In March 2018, John’s collection Poems for the Camel won the 2018 Cosmographia Chapbook Prize and was published in April 2018 by Cosmographia Books. In June 2012, Shakespeare’s Moths, a collection of John’s early poems, was published by White Chicken Press.
James Scott Blackmon is a college-educated (philosophy, mathematics and physics) professional semi-truck driver from Kansas. He started out as a materialist (father was a Marxist-Leninist) but he eventually discovered the paranormal—or the paranormal found him—after being trained by Rabbi Nissim Wernick in kabalistic tree-of-life meditation techniques.
Susan P. Blevins, ex-pat Brit, has traveled the world extensively, lived in Italy for twenty-six years, and has now settled in Houston, Texas, where she is enjoying writing stories and poetry based on her travels and life experiences. She had a weekly column on food in a European newspaper and has published various articles on gardens in US and European magazines. She is now published in various literary journals in the USA.
Lynne Burnett lives on Vancouver Island off Canada’s west coast. Recent publications include Arc, Blue Heron, Comstock Review, IthacaLit, Mockingheart Review, New Millennium Writings, River Styx, Tamsen and Taos Journal of Poetry. She’s the 2016 winner of the Lauren K. Alleyne Difficult Fruit Poetry Prize, a “Best of the Net” nominee, and was shortlisted for Arc’s 2018 Poem of the Year. Finishing Line Press published her chapbook, Irresistible, in March 2018.
Bob Canuel is retired but has been a poet since his teenage years, a long time ago indeed. Most recently, his work has been included in The Prairie Journal and a chapbook, Free-fire, published by Loft 112. Married to Beverley for over thirty years, they relocated to Calgary in Alberta, Canada in 2016 where they enjoy the company of other writers, craftspeople, family, and three dogs.
Tara Carnes is a musician, composer, poet, teacher, and spiritual director. She is a graduate of the University of North Texas (M.A.), and the Haden Institute’s program in spiritual direction. Tara’s poetry has appeared in Voices de la Luna, The Rose in the World, Illya’s Honey, SageWoman Magazine, Cholla Needles Magazine, and Presence Journal. She lives in Houston, Texas.
John Carter is an octogenarian geezer with a taste for adventure. In his youth he went to sea and worked on the railroad and rambled. Now he writes poetry and plays and guides other geezers in building their bodies. He finds much to savor in these late stages of life. He tries to open windows. Poems are the process. He likes to be surprised so he has no religion. He lives in Washington, DC.
Charles Coté is a clinical social worker in Rochester, New York. His chapbook, Flying for the Window, was published in 2008 by Finishing Line Press. A forthcoming full-length collection will be published by Tiger Bark Press. He teaches poetry at Writers & Books in Rochester, New York.
Suzannah Dalzell lives on Whidbey Island north of Seattle, Washington where she divides her time more or less equally between wetland restoration and writing. Her work has been published in Pilgrimage Magazine, Flyway, Adanna, and Raven Chronicles. She is currently working on an anthology exploring the places where her family history bumps up against race, class, and environmental destruction.
Nick Dante is a native of the San Gabriel Valley. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Chapman University. Currently, the focus of his work is exploring and expanding the emotional connection between human beings and the natural world. This work has evolved into experimenting with perception, time, and place in poetry. His work has been published in Into the Void, the Mojave River Review, and TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics.
Steve Elder’s work has appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Plume, and The New Orphic Review (Pushcart Prize nominee). He works at the University of Colorado Law Library where he is charge of the Tea Service. He is also an Expert Witness on cobblers, crisps, buckles, and crumble-toppings.
Ana Fores Tamayo works with asylum seekers and advocates for refugee families from Mexico and Central America in Texas. She has been published in Acentos Review, The Raving Press, Rigorous, Fron//tera—a magazine from Spain—Indolent Books, Chaleur Magazine, Memoir, The Laurel Review, and others. Her photography has been published in Acentos Review, The Bozalta Collective, and UC Davis’ “Humanizing Deportation” website.
Lizzy Fox is a poet and educator with an MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she now works as Associate Director for the MFA in Writing & Publishing. She has taught writing and performance in partnership with the Vermont Arts Council, The New England Young Writers’ Conference at Bread Loaf, VSA Vermont, and countless schools across the northeast. Her poems have appeared in journals, anthologies, and art displays.
Meg Freer grew up in Montana and now lives in Kingston, Ontario, where she teaches piano and enjoys running and photography. Her photos and poems have won awards both in North America and overseas and have been published in anthologies as well as journals such as Young Ravens Literary Review, Eastern Iowa Review, and Rat’s Ass Review. In 2017 she won a fellowship to attend the Summer Literary Seminars in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia.
Annette Gagliardi presents in schools, libraries, and at book events. She teaches poetry to fifth graders as an artist in residence. She has authored two children’s books: The Three Betty Goats Griff and Resourceful Erica. Her poetry has appeared in magazines, calendars, newspapers, and over forty anthologies. She has placed in and won several state and national poetry contests.
Arnie Gerstein is a former Professor of Humanities and has published the book Alternating Currents.
Suzanne Gili Post is a human, being. Suzanne is superb at parallel parking. Her life was changed by a skunk crossing in front of a woodpile under a full moon.
Anna Gionet is a recent transplant to Denver, CO from Teaneck, New Jersey. She loves cooking, art, the gym, and true crime shows. After receiving her Bachelor’s in English, she began work as a copywriter.
Ari Gold is an award-winning writer/filmmaker. Films include The Song of Sway Lake, released by the Orchard, the cult comedy Adventures of Power, and the student- Oscar-winning Helicopter, about Ari’s mother’s death with promoter Bill Graham, which is featured in Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Psychomagic. Ari won High Times “Stoner of the Year” and is in the Guinness Book for commanding the largest ever air-drum ensemble.
Nancy Gustafson has published poetry, short stories and memoirs in anthologies and journals, including Stories of Music (Timbre Press), Time of Singing (Wind & Water Press), Child of My Child (Gelles-Cole Literary Enterprises), A Cup of Comfort for Inspiration (Adams Media), Don’t Write Your Memoir Without ME! (Viga Boland), and Weatherings (FutureCycle Press). She lives in Huntsville, Texas, and writes to express her gratitude for her life, family and friends, and her faith.
Judyth Hill, poet, editor, teacher, author of the acclaimed poem “Wage Peace”—published world-round, set to music, performed and recorded by choruses, orchestras, and dance companies—lives in the aspened splendor of the Rockies. Her nine poetry books include Dazzling Wobble and Tzimtzum. President of PEN San Miguel, Hill conducts poetry and memoir workshops and leads global WildWriting Culinary retreats. Hill was described by the Denver Post as, “A tigress with a pen.”
Olivia Kingery is a gardener of plants and words in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. She is an MFA candidate at Northern Michigan University where she reads for Passages North. When not writing, she is in the woods with her Chihuahua and Saint Bernard.
A self-taught solitary artist, Alex S. Klein has been writing, painting, and recording multi-instrumental albums since 2005. His work deals with intuition, dreams, and spirituality, being inspired by the likes of James Joyce, Willem de Kooning, and Captain Beefheart. Alex currently resides in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
David Lawton is the author of the poetry collection Sharp Blue Stream (Three Rooms Press), and serves as an editor for greatweatherforMEDIA. He has work featured recently in Maintenant 12, Burningword Literary Journal, The Poeming Pigeon, and Shabdaguchha. David also collaborates with poet Aimee Herman in the poemusic collective Hydrogen Junkbox.
Charles Leggett is a professional actor based in Seattle, Washington. His poetry has been published in over four dozen journals in the US, the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, and has thrice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His long poem “Premature Tombeau for John Ashbery” was an e-chapbook in the Barnwood Press “Great Find” series.
Michael H. Levin is a lawyer, solar energy developer, and writer in Washington, DC. His work has appeared in over fifty periodicals or anthologies and has received numerous awards. His poetry chapbooks Watered Colors (2014) and Man Overboard (2018) are available on Amazon. He co-wrote “Two Pianos: Playing for Life,” a performance event with live classical music about young women pianists playing under the Third Reich that premiered in June 2018.
Josh Lipson is a student of history, language, and the mind from New Jersey by way of Cambridge, Jerusalem, Istanbul, and San Francisco. His work has been featured in Obra/Artifact, Homonym Journal, Burning House Press, and Petrichor.
W.J. Lofton is a poet, activist, and author of two books, These Flowers were held by Broken Vases and A Garden for Black Boys Between the Stages of Soil and Stardust. His work advocates for marginalized communities and confronts the many issues centered in the intersections of race, gender, class, disability, equality, equity, and mental health. Lofton hopes to leave a legacy centered on a collective healing through his activism and art.
Marianne Lyon has been a music teacher for forty-three years. After teaching in Hong Kong, she returned to the Napa Valley and has been published in various literary magazines and reviews including Ravens Perch, TWJM Magazine, Earth Daughters, and Indiana Voice Journal. She was nominated for the Pushcart prize in 2017. She is a member of the California Writers Club and an Adjunct Professor at Touro University in California.
Randy Mazie has a master’s degrees in Social Work from Columbia University and in Business Administration from Barry University. His nonfiction pieces have been published in professional transportation journals, and his poetry has been published in The Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review, Poetry Leaves, The Rat’s Ass Review, Silhouette Press/Here Comes Everyone, and elsewhere. He was an assistant editor and contributor to the University of Miami’s Tempo Magazine.
Celina McManus is a poet from East Tennessee living in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is a participant of Randolph College’s MFA program and works as a youth advocate. Her work is featured in Maudlin House, Z Publishing’s Minnesota’s Best Emerging Poets, and elsewhere. When she isn’t writing, you can find her hands in the soil or in a body of water.
Lisa Mecham writes a little bit of everything and her work has appeared in Roxane Gay’s anthology Not That Bad, Catapult, and The Shallow Ends, among other publications. A Midwesterner at heart, Lisa lives in Los Angeles, California.
R.G. Miller is an emerging writer from Saskatchewan, Canada. His work has appeared in Road Maps & Life Rafts, Anapest, and overpriced notebooks.
Caroline Misner’s work has appeared in numerous publications in the USA, Canada, India, and the UK. She has been nominated for the prestigious McClelland & Stewart Journey Anthology Prize for the short story “Strange Fruit.” In 2011 another short story and a poem were nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her latest novel, The Spoon Asylum, was released in May of 2018 by Thistledown Press and has been nominated for the Governor General Award.
Kyle J. Mola is a poet from Stonington, Connecticut. He recently returned from a year in Wales where he completed his Master’s in Creative Writing at Cardiff University. He is now based in the Boston area. His work has previously appeared in Junto Magazine, the Garfield Lake Review, and Peregrine Journal.
Charlene Moskal is a member of a vibrant arts community in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is a teaching artist with The Alzheimer’s Poetry Project and a Fellow of the New Jersey Writing Project. Her writing has been published in numerous anthologies, magazines, e-zines, and most recently Indolent Press, Esthetic Apostle, and Las Vegas Woman Magazine. Her poetry chapbook, One Bare Foot, was released by Zeitgeist Press in early Fall 2018.
Josephine Napiore received her MFA in Creative Writing from Augsburg University. She has previously been published by the University of Surrey in England and the DaCunha Global, Sheila-Na-Gig, The Five-Two, and The Blue Nib. Josephine lives in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
Hannah Neal writes poetry with a futuristic bent, tracing the internet age, forms of privilege, and the dystopian south. She has self-published two chapbooks, Millennial Garbage and Two Faces of the Moon, and her poetry has appeared in Snakeskin webzine, Snapdragon: A Journal of Art and Healing, and Leviathan Magazine. In 2017 she helped found Feedback Poetry Collective and continues to carve a place for poets in Atlanta, Georgia.
C.M. O’Brien received her BFA in Creative Writing from Southern Oregon University in June, 2018. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree while continuing to write in her spare time. She short fiction has appeared in The Yellow Chair Review and her poetry has appeared in SOU’s Closely Lit Magazine.
Lucía Orellana Damacela is the author of the poetry collection Sea of Rocks (Unsolicited Press, 2018), and the chapbooks Longevity River (Plan B Press, 2019) and Life Lines, which won The Bitchin’ Kitsch Chapbook Competition (2018). Her work has been published in English and Spanish in more than twelve countries, in venues such as Tin House Online, Sharkpack Annual, Always Crashing, The Acentos Review, and Frontera Revista Bilingüe. Lucía has lived in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.
“Master of short-short form,” Jack Peachum is a modernist poet published on internet and in print media nominated for the Pushcart Prize several times. He is heavily influenced by Asian texts and follows the practice of Gatha—the 8 or 9 line verse-form popular in China. Peachum has also been an actor and model—he appears on the Avanti cards “The Squeeze” and “Lost In Love.” He currently resides in an isolated area of southern Virginia along the shores of Kerr Lake.
Born in Norman, Oklahoma, Carrie Magness Radna is an archival audiovisual cataloger at the New York Public Library, a singer, a lyricist-songwriter and a poet who loves to travel. Her poems have previously appeared in The Oracular Tree, Muddy River Poetry Review, Mediterranean Poetry, First Literary Review-East, The Poetic Bond VIII (Willowdown Books), and Tuck Magazine, and will be published in Nomad’s Choir and Polarity e-Magazine. She won 12th place in 2018 Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards. Her chapbook Conversations with dead composers at Carnegie Hall was published by Flutter Press in early 2019 and another chapbook, Remembering you as I go walking, is forthcoming from Boxwood Star Press. When she’s not performing classical choral works with Riverside Choral Society, or writing art song lyrics with her choir buddies, she lives with her husband Rudolf in Manhattan.
Stephanie Roberts has had work featured in numerous periodicals, including Verse Daily, Arcturus, Atlanta Review, The Stockholm Review of Literature, Crannóg Magazine, and the anthology Suitcase of Chrysanthemums. A 2018 Pushcart Prize nominee, 2017 Two Sylvias Press Wilder Prize finalist, and Silver Needle Press Poem of the Week winner, she was born in Central America, grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and now abides in Québec, Canada.
Noah Rodriguez is a student from New York who copes with stress through writing. He is set to graduate from a seven-year medical program in five more years and tries to find the unity of seemingly different worlds when writing.
Grey Rosado is bad with names but still wants to know yours. They write poetry, prose, and handwritten letters. They have featured at Quiet Lightning, Red Light Lit, Get Lit, You’re Going to Die, and more. You can enjoy some of their published work in sPARKLE & bLINK, Buddy, Rag, Be About It, and the East Bay Review. They have a new zine available based on their open-ended breakup letter, Fuck You.
Stephen Seabridge is the first Poet Laureate for the city of Stoke-on-Trent in the UK. He is also studying his Ph.D. in Creative Writing at Keele University, Staffordshire. He is currently re-reading Mark Doty’s Heaven’s Shore.
Tyler Shafer, twenty-four, was raised in a rural area of Southern Illinois far from any street lights. A lover of the Romantics, Existentialists, and Absurdists, he is a nonconformist spending more hours than not day-dreaming of other worlds.
Aiyah Sibay is a poet, photographer, and traveler from Virgina. She has worked as a reporter and columnist, and she has traveled around the Middle East to work with refugees. She was a finalist for the Beacon Street Prize and a winner of the Writing Migration Literary Competition at the Forming Black Britain Symposium. Her photography, fiction, and poetry have appeared in Stylus, Voice Catcher, and Track//Four.
Leonora Simonovis is a writer, educator, and mother who grew up near Caracas, Venezuela. She currently lives in San Diego, CA and self-defines as an exile for whom writing is coming home, remembering, and honoring her ancestors. She’s both fascinated and haunted by borders, both physical and intangible, and her work has have appeared in literary journals and magazines in the US and abroad. She’s a contributing editor for Drizzle Review.
Nathan Steinman is a writer from Oklahoma. He is a child of the 1980s. His parents settle in Oklahoma and at seventeen went to his first poetry reading. A member of the 2005 Oklahoma City Slam Team and former SlamMaster for Home for Wayward Poets—now Red Dirt Poetry—he continues to study poetry after becoming a music teacher. He is a regular member of the podcast Dubious Consumers and contributing member to Dubious Consumption YouTube channel.
Melanie Swetz is a Norman Mailer Writers Colony Poetry Fellow (Quincy Troupe) and an Omnidawn (David Koehn and Rusty Morrison) scholarship recipient. Her poetry is published in The English Journal, Vallum Magazine of Contemporary Poetry, and The Journal of Language and Literacy Education (University of Georgia), and has been shortlisted numerous times for the Bridport Poetry Prize (U.K.). She currently lives in Erzurum (Eastern Anatolia), Turkey.
Larry Thacker’s poetry is in over 150 publications including Spillway, Still: The Journal, Valparaiso Poetry Review, American Journal of Poetry, Poetry South, The Southern Poetry Anthology, The Lake, and Illuminations Literary Magazine. His books include Mountain Mysteries, and the poetry books, Drifting in Awe, Voice Hunting, Memory Train, and the full collections Feasts of Evasion and Grave Robber Confessional. His MFA in poetry and fiction is earned from West Virginia Wesleyan College.
Dianalee Velie is the Poet Laureate of Newbury New Hampshire. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College, and has a Master of Arts in Writing from Manhattanville College. She is the author of five books of poetry: Glass House, First Edition, The Many Roads to Paradise, The Alchemy of Desire, Ever After, and a collection of short stories, Soul Proprietorship: Women in Search of Their Souls. She is founder of the John Hay Poetry Society.
Cynthia Ventresca is a lifelong resident of Wilmington, Delaware, with work published in Caesura, the University of Delaware’s literary journal, Eye on Life Magazine, Third Wednesday, Fourth & Sycamore, Three Line Poetry, 50 Haikus, and Ted Kooser’s column, “American Life in Poetry.”
Raised in Germany and the United States, Ben Weise holds an MA in German Literature from Middlebury College and an MA in TESOL from the New School for Social Research. When not reading or writing, he and his wife enjoy mountaineering, scuba diving and star gazing. His work may be found in present and upcoming issues of The Tipton Poetry Journal, As You Were, Silhouette Press, Wanderlust, Blue Nostalgia, among others.
O. Alan Weltzien has lived in the USA’s southwest Montana for twenty-seven years, and dramatically changing climate conditions are painfully clear here and elsewhere. He’s an aging English professor who spends time on the water, in the woods, and on peaks. He’s published a bunch of books including a memoir and three poetry collections. He is working on a biography of novelist Thomas Savage.
A retired professor of English at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, Sharon Whitehill lives and writes in Port Charlotte, Florida. Her publications include scholarly biographies, The Life and Work of Mary O’Hara, Author of My Friend Flicka (1995) and Frances Gillmor, Aztec and Navajo Folklorist (2005); a children’s book, The Lizard Wizard (2003); memoirs: On the Trail of Flicka’s Friend (1995) and Sweet. Bitter.Sweet (2016); and the poetry collections The Umbilical Universe (2018) and Inside Out to the World (2019.)
Elizabeth Winkler is a first-year student at the University of Chicago. Last year, she was co-Editor-in-Chief of her high school’s award-winning literary magazine, Daedalus, and her poetry has been published in Repentino Magazine and by Apprentice Writer, as well as being recognized by the Connecticut Writing Project and the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. She loves being in nature—hiking, running, or just sitting quietly with a good book.
Haley Wooning lives in California with her partner and cat, Puck. She is studying for her MA in Literature.
Fariq Yusoff is a creative who is constantly fascinated by love, life and nature. He fortuitously fell in love with music and images of the cosmos at an early age. His inspiration comes from being a father, husband, and working in a creative production house. Despite having only a few publications, Fariq has been writing for decades. He believes that: “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” -Socrates
Nina Alvarez was born in Rochester, New York in 1978. A winner of the Shields McIlwaine Award for best poem written by an undergraduate student, she earned her BA and MA in English from the University at Albany. During her master’s education, she received a fellowship to tutor writing at the university writing center and also spent a semester at the University of Cape Town where she compiled her thesis on South African poetry, intersubjectivity, and shared spiritual experience.
Alvarez has published poetry, short fiction, reviews, and hybrid work in Tupelo Quarterly, Prick of the Spindle, Split Lip Magazine, Electric Velocipede, Danse Macabre, Grasslimb Journal, Contemporary Rhyme, and many other journals. Her play The Life of Leo Wool was produced in 2013 by the Greater Rochester Repertory Committee, and in 2014 her short play Type Writer was accepted in to GeVa’s Two Pages/Two Voices Festival. Nina Alvarez has been a featured reader at numerous literary festivals and received a fiction fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center in 2011.
In 2007, while working as a copywriter and copyeditor in corporate offices, she created the popular poetry blog NinaAlvarez.net. In 2009 she opened Dream Your Book, an author services company helping hundreds of writers in need of in-depth editing, coaching, submissions, and self-publishing services. Alvarez is the founding publisher of Cosmographia Books, the small press through which she compiled the anthologies The Best of Follow Your Bliss and Early American Gothic Stories and Poems, as well as twelve other books. Prior to that, in 2010, she published Follow Your Bliss, a monthly newsletter encouraging people to “Do what you love, or love what you do.”
Since 2011 Alvarez has taught over thirty writing workshops at Writers at Writer & Books Literary Center in Rochester, New York, where she also established Canvas Teen Literary Journal, training teens to run a professional-quality literary journal. In 2014 she received the Big Pencil Award for her work as a teacher of young writers. She lives in Rochester, New York with her partner, Daniel Herd, Director of Operations and Adult Programs at Writers & Books, and their two cats: Fauschnaut and Mouse.