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“Truly Unforgettable”: Poetry of Presence Receives an Eric Hoffer Book Award

logo of Eric Hoffer AwardI’m thrilled to tell you that Poetry of Presence: An Anthology of Mindfulness Poems has received an Honorable Mention in the poetry category for the Eric Hoffer Book Awards.

In announcing the award, the judges wrote: “Poems are careful things. If done well, every sound and word has something to say. This truly unforgettable anthology is filled with astute and lyrical observations of the world. In so doing, the multitude of poets from all walks of life pack an emotional wallop. Most all it motivates us to reach out for something more substantial, more magical than anything found in the here and now. Addressing mindfulness, these poems encourage us to look, not only inward but outward, to become more aware of how we are, or can be, more thoughtful in all aspects of the only life we have to live. The editors offer a book to savor, read slowly, smile at, sigh over, and cherish always.”

A big shout-out to our publisher, Ginny Connors of Grayson Books, and to every poet in the anthology. This award honors your beautiful and life-sustaining work. May the book have a long life!

About the Award: The Eric Hoffer Award honors the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer by highlighting salient writing, as well as the independent spirit of small publishers. Since its inception, the Hoffer has become one of the largest international book awards for small, academic, and independent presses.

Congratulations to our fellow poetry recipients:

Winner: Pecking Order by Nicole Homer
1st Runner-Up: The Mauled Keeper by Lynn Marie Houston
Honorable Mentions: Between Two Gardens by Laura Quinn Guidry; Dots & Dashes by Jehanne Dubrow; Every Room in the Body by Kerri French; and The Cowherd’s Son by Rajiv Mohabir.

Full coverage of the Hoffer Awards will be in the U.S. Review of Books.

Phyllis Cole-Dai

Phyllis Cole-Dai has authored or edited eleven books in multiple genres, including historical fiction, spiritual nonfiction and poetry. She lives in Brookings, South Dakota, USA.

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