Phyllis is currently finishing a novel based on the life of Sarah Wakefield, who was held captive during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. Among other tragic consequences of that war, it resulted in the largest mass execution in U.S. history, on the order President Abraham Lincoln.
Phyllis is also starting research for her next novel. She hopes to set the story in the Canton (South Dakota) Indian Insane Asylum, a federal facility operating from 1898-1934. A large number of its so-called “patients,” detained in horrible conditions, were not mentally ill.
Based on her experience with A Year of Being Here, Phyllis is exploring the feasibility of a printed anthology of mindfulness poetry.
Photograph credit: Image from the Upper Sioux Agency State Park, Minnesota, found at Uniquely Minnesota.