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: Writings from a Pandemic Year

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

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

  • Poetry of Presence: An Anthology of Mindfulness Poems

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

  • Practicing Presence: Insights from the Streets


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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October 12, 2021 in Poetry

The House That Love Builds

This week for Staying Power, I sat down to write one thing, and something totally different came out. (Surprise! Ain’t life grand?) What came out was a poem that imitates “The House That Jack Built,”…
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October 5, 2021 in Mindfulness, Work & Play

Laughing in the Dark (Again)

Sometimes “once” just isn’t enough. Last fall, during a socially distanced writing retreat in Oakwood Lakes State Park, my friend Ruby and I took a short night hike around a wooded peninsula. Without flashlights. Without…
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September 21, 2021 in Views

Refusing to Nest in the Nesting Dolls

Once, returning from a trip abroad, Jihong brought me the gift of a Russian matryoshka set. At first glance, all you see is a wooden doll, around 7” high. It’s painted to resemble a happy…
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