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



June 4, 2021 in Mindfulness

“Life Is Too Deep Not to Dive”

Perhaps you’ve noticed: Sometimes, despite meticulous preparations, life just doesn’t go as we planned. Like when you decide to fly halfway across the continent, retrieve your eighty-one-year-old mother, and bring her back home for an…
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May 17, 2021 in Mindfulness

“Dropping into the Net”

Tomorrow I fly to North Carolina to retrieve my eighty-one-year-old mother and bring her here to South Dakota for as long as she wants to stay. I can’t wait to throw my arms around her…
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May 11, 2021 in Public Commentary, Women

“Arise, All Women Who Have Hearts!”

May I make a confession? While I love my mother, and I love being a mother myself, I don’t particularly love observing Mother’s Day. To me, the second Sunday of May feels like another “Hallmark…
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We got through the pandemic together.
Let’s keep going.

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.