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



April 13, 2021 in Views

“On This Our World Turns”

Imagine that you are born into poverty. Imagine that, during your grade school years, a teacher recognizes your artistic talent. Imagine that the teacher enrolls you in a government-funded art class, held weekly at a…
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April 6, 2021 in Views

“More Than Just Talk”

On this date, in 1999, I returned home after living by choice for nearly seven weeks on the streets of Columbus, Ohio. As we recounted in The Emptiness of Our Hands, my friend James Murray…
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March 22, 2021 in Views

“Picture a Face”

Your phone rings in the middle of the night. As you reach blindly to answer, do you fear that someone you love has been in an accident? Has suddenly died? For a time, early in…
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We’ll get through this pandemic together.

One care package at a time! Every Sunday I’ll send you an email filled with inspiration and resources to help you maintain a clear mind and generous spirit.