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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June 20, 2022 in Poetry

Hands

Every day is one-of-a-kind, special in its very own way. But last Sunday was extra special in the U.S., where many of us celebrated both Father's Day and Juneteenth. To honor the occasion, I offer you…
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June 13, 2022 in Insights

When a Rose Is More Than a Rose

Don is a 90-year-old retired firefighter. He lives in a condo on the 10th floor of an apartment building in a bustling suburb of Washington, DC. Five years ago, Don sent me an email—another stranger,…
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June 7, 2022 in Poetry

Thus, Will a Way Open

I grieve the horrific mass shootings that occurred while I was recently out of studio. Had I been at home instead of traveling, I’d have offered you a timely word instead of material scheduled in…
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