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I work as a teacher, poet and spiritual director at a number of institutions in the DC area. My teaching focuses in various ways on writing, poetry, Spirituality and Christian vocation and ministry - especially from the point of view of the laity. I also offer classes and retreats encouraging people to explore their inner lives, engage their creativity and reflect on their beliefs about God, vocation, and how we can discern and pursue new ways to transform our broken world. I enjoy speaking of faith in the secular academy as well as reminding those preparing for ministry in the Church that our primary purpose is to love and serve the world beyond the church's doors. I love helping people to grow in faith and to find their own voices, and I also love encouraging them to use their minds. I see no contradiction between these impulses, believing as I do that faith, reason and creativity work together.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Pre-order season for "This Thing Called Poetry"

I have edited a new anthology coming out from Finishing Line Press a really inspiring collection of poems by Young Adults with cancer. The cohort is people who have received a cancer diagnosis between the ages of 15-39 -- so some of my own poetry is also included. 

The number of copies printed will be determined by how many pre-orders the press receives by June 2, so we are on deadline here, and hoping that friends and family as well as caregivers may take this opportunity to order the book and support the project.  More info on the book and how to order can be found here. Here are some lovely blurbs already received: 

“Late summer, and the roses
in second bloom, know what’s coming.”

Beauty and death mingle in this fine poem by Anya Krugovoy Silver, as they do in so many of the poems in this moving, accomplished anthology. Pain and anger often coexist with humor here, though not with self -pity.  If language can be redemptive for reader and/or writer, it certainly is in these pages.
–Linda Pastan

The poetry in this collection fiercely bends along and speaks to the jagged shape of the suffering body. These poems give a bold and nuanced language to the trauma of illness and the fragile promise of wellness.
–Thomas Dooley, Poet in Residence, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital

In poems that are powerfully evocative of the physical and emotional complexities of living with cancer, this stunning gathering of poems embraces the wide-range of responses:    From fear and anger to curiosity, grief and gratitude for life.  They  invite us to step into the gray light of the cancer ward with its unknown worlds of hope and despair as we move down ”a corridor. . .   to a door “ where something uninvited has “written our name,” and  into a room that will leave us with “a tracery of scars.”    This room, paradoxically, helps us realize that we all live with life’s radical ambiguity and that at any moment we too might discover we have reached that unwanted marker of “before and after.”
–Michael Glaser,  Poet Laureate of Maryland 2004-9