Author - Poet - Speaker

writing across what divides us

I began writing on an old manual typewriter in childhood and never stopped.

My work explores deep divides within ourselves and our communities to promote understanding and respect. I use storytelling, poetry, music, and the spoken word to nurture radical attention and belonging.

Let’s help mend the world. 

Care to learn more about my work?

Phyllis’ work gently guides us along the path of awareness, reminding us that we are all part of the universal spirit.

Sandhya S.

My Latest Books

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  • Staying Power 2: Writings from a Year of Emergence

    $13.95
  • Staying Power: Writings from a Pandemic Year

    $13.95
  • Beneath the Same Stars: A Novel of the 1862 U.S.-Dakota War

    $14.95
  • For the Sake of One We Love and Are Losing: A Meditative Poem & Journal

    $18.95
  • Poetry of Presence: An Anthology of Mindfulness Poems

    $21.95
  • The Emptiness of Our Hands: 47 Days on the Streets

    $14.95
  • Practicing Presence: Insights from the Streets

    $0.00

To listen to Phyllis Cole-Dai is to open the self to wonder, curiosity, mindfulness and epiphany. As an editor, writer, musician and teacher, she has a wealth of practical and personal information to share.

Rosemerry Wahtola TrommerAuthor of HUSH and NAKED FOR TEA

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My
Musings

January 24, 2023 in Work & Play

An Open Letter to Pat the Poet

Good morning, Pat!* Thank you for your email, seeking to hire me as an editor for your poems. By now, you’ve received my reply, where I explained that I don’t provide editorial services, only “creative companioning.”…
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January 15, 2023 in Mindfulness

To Glitter on the Gameboard

My habit in large waiting rooms is to walk. I’m always surprised by how far I can go while not going anywhere, just pacing or doing circuits, waiting my turn. I’m surprised, too, by how…
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January 8, 2023 in Mindfulness

Knit Those Mittens

Geoff stands on our snow-covered side stoop, bundled against the single-digit cold. Grinning through his frosty white beard, he delivers me a gift on behalf of his wife, Sue: a big, warm pair of mittens,…
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