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. 

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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: Writings from a Pandemic Year

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

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

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  • Poetry of Presence: An Anthology of Mindfulness Poems

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

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  • Practicing Presence: Insights from the Streets

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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
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September 19, 2022 in Insights

Less Is More

On September 4, Jihong and I delivered Nathan to college for his sophomore year. An hour after we unloaded his stuff at the dorm, Nathan auditioned on his cello for a seat in the symphonic…
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September 13, 2022 in Mindfulness

Lay the Hammer Down

Imagine yourself holding a hammer. Now, strike your hammer against a big pane of tempered glass. Watch the glass shatter into thousands of crystalline pieces, dropping all around your feet. Hear the initial crash of…
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September 4, 2022 in Mindfulness

Of Poets and Moss Piglets

Eden is nine years old. Her family lives across the street from Annette Langlois Grunseth, a dear friend of mine who, in her seventies, is a beautiful ball of energy. Eden and Annette have turned…
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