Please join us as we celebrate the publication of The Path to Kindness: Poems of Connection and Joy.
With us will be the anthology's editor, James Crews, as well as three of its contributing poets: Nancy Gordon, Alice Wolf Gilborn, and Michelle Wiegers.
Following the success and momentum of his anthology How to Love the World (93,000 copies in print) , James Crews's new collection, The Path to Kindness, offers more than 100 deeply felt and relatable poems from a diverse range of voices including well-known writers Julia Alvarez, Marie Howe, Ellen Bass, Naomi Shihab Nye, Alberto Ríos, Ross Gay, and Ada Limón, as well as new and emerging voices. Featured Black poets include January Gill O'Neil, Tracy K. Smith, and Cornelius Eady. Native American poets include Kimberly Blaeser, Joy Harjo (current U.S. Poet Laureate), and Linda Hogan. The collection also features international voices, including Canadian poets Lorna Crozier and Susan Musgrave. Presented in the same perfect-in-the-hand format as How to Love the World, the collection includes prompts for journaling and exploration of selected poems, a book group guide, bios of all the contributing poets, and stunning cover art by award-winning artist Dinara Mirtalipova. A foreword by Danusha Laméris, along with her popular poem "Small Kindnesses," is also included.
James Crews is the editor of the best-selling anthology, How to Love the World, which has been featured on NPR's Morning Edition, in the Boston Globe, and the Washington Post, and is the author of four prize-winning collections of poetry: The Book of What Stays, Telling My Father, Bluebird, and Every Waking Moment. His poems have been reprinted in the New York Times Magazine, Ploughshares, The New Republic, and The Christian Century, and in former US poet laureate Ted Kooser's weekly newspaper column, "American Life in Poetry," and featured on Tracy K. Smith's podcast, The Slowdown. He worked with Ted Kooser on "American Life in Poetry," which reaches millions of readers across the world. Crews holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a PhD in writing and literature from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He teaches poetry at the University at Albany and lives with his husband in Shaftsbury, Vermont.
Nancy Gordon grew up in the Adirondacks, her true home, then taught English in New Jersey for years, including a year on exchange in New Zealand. A midlife marriage and move were followed by law school and years of law practice. She and her husband have returned home to the Adirondacks, and she now has more time for poetry, always an important part of her life.
Alice Wolf Gilborn, a native of Colorado, is the founding editor of the literary magazine Blueline published by the English Department, SUNY-Potsdam. Her poems have appeared in various journals and anthologies, most recently Healing the Divide (Green Writers Press) and After Moby-Dick (Spinner Publications). She is also author of a chapbook, Taking Root (Finishing Line Press), as well as a full-length book of poetry, Apples and Stones (Kelsay Books, 2020). alicewolfgilborn.com .
Michelle Wiegers is a poet and mind-body life coach based in Southern Vermont. Her work has appeared in Healing the Divide, How to Love the World, Birchsong Anthology, and Third Wednesday, among other journals. In her coaching work, she is a passionate advocate for those who suffer with chronic pain and fatigue. michellewiegers.com .
Following the success and momentum of his anthology How to Love the World (93,000 copies in print), James Crews's new collection, The Path to Kindness, offers more than 100 deeply felt and relatable poems from a diverse range of voices including well-known writers Julia Alvarez, Marie Howe, Ellen Bass, Naomi Shihab Nye, Alberto Rí
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