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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January 24, 2022 in Mindfulness

A Mighty Grand Parade

I sit a lot. How about you? In my writing studio, first thing in the morning, I settle into my “Bliss Chair.” (Have you added your blessing to it yet?) If I’m not careful, I’ll…
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January 18, 2022 in Peacemaking

Putting on the Purple

Last night I dreamed about John. John was long married to Julia, my father’s cousin, once removed. “Just a shirt-tail relative,” you might be thinking. But John and Julia happened to live in Goshen, Indiana,…
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January 12, 2022 in Poetry

The Cento as Invitation

My goodness, what an outpouring of reader responses to “Gentle Way Home,” the cento I offered last week! The feedback has prompted me to do a follow-up, especially since you, like so many others, might…
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