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Hiraeth Press is Growing

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Hiraeth Press is Growing

Dear Readers, Next year will mark the 10th anniversary of the first book Hiraeth Press published. I started the press quite casually, publishing a book of my own poetry for the sake of making it available to friends. Some years and handful of books later I received a submission from L.M. Browning. I wasn’t taking submissions at the time and politely told her so. Eventually we reconnected through mutual friends and I watched the success with which she promoted her new poetry book, which had, in the end, found a publisher after all. I invited her to meet in Boston to discuss her joining Hiraeth Press to help me launch it as a publisher of environmental and contemplative poetry and nonfiction. That was in 2010. Five years later, we’ve done some tremendous work together. Soon after joining Hiraeth Press, she founded her own press, Homebound Publications. Homebound Publications is focused on publishing contemplative literature, “books that you will have on your nightstand for a few years and return to again and again—books that nourish your mind and soul.” We’ve worked together these past five years, growing our “sister” publishing houses from the ground up. Today I am happy to announce that Homebound Publications and Hiraeth Press are officially uniting. Hiraeth Press will be an independently-​​operated imprint of Homebound Publications. This will allow us to collectively direct our efforts and have a greater impact in bringing contemplative and environmental literature to our readers around the world. Hiraeth Press will continue publishing environmental literature exploring themes of conservation, rewilding, place-​​based narratives, natural history, and contemplative ecology. We are interested in books that bring together science and poetry, bridging the gap between knowing the earth and knowing the self. Finally, to mark this occasion and to assist us in guiding the continued growth of Hiraeth Press and Homebound Publications, we have formed an Advisory Board consisting of authors, editors, artists, scientists, and environmentalists. We look forward to the work that we will do together. Our board members are: L.M. Browning Award-​​winning Author and Founder of Homebound Publications and Owl House Books Jason Kirkey Author and Founder of Hiraeth Press Andrew J. Long Co-​​Founder of Homebound Publications Jennifer MacCormack, Associate Editor for Hiraeth Press’ ​Written River; also a poet and research psychologist J.K. McDowell Author and artist Theodore Richards Award-​​winning author and Founder of The Chicago Wisdom Project Francesca G. Varela Award-​​winning author and environmentalist Good things are on the horizon! We hope that you will join us on this next long stretch of the winding trail ahead. Yours from mountains and rivers, Jason Kirkey Hiraeth Press,...

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Midlife with Thoreau | A First Look

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Diane Freedman Media, News | 0 comments

Midlife with Thoreau | A First Look

On May 26th, we will celebrate the release of Midlife with Thoreau by Diane P. Freedman. This is a book about writing as righting. At midlife Diane P. Freedman turns to the books of Thoreau, not to mention his landscapes. Practicing the nature cure and the narrative cure, she  writes, in poems, essays, and journals, about family, feminism, and literary history, loss, divorce, dating,accidents, animals, waterways, local landscapes, and teaching environmental literature in ruburban New Hampshire. She sojourns with books and domestic beasts, tramps brambles and trails, and basks in language, love, and lake-​​front sun. Thoreau loved a “broad margin” in his life and Whitman, another influence, “a certain free margin.” Out of these, Carl Bode maintained—and Freedman shows—poetry could grow. Taking direction also from new environmental writers such as Ian Marshall, John Elder, Janisse Ray, Sandra Steingraber, and Amy Seidl and from other hybrid or narrative and autobiographical critics, this is a book of intense observation, advocacy, lyricism, sweetness, and sadness. Advance Praise “Though it’s Thoreau who provides Diane Freedman with her orienteer’s compass in this marvelous rattlebag of a book, I thought often of Basho while reading it. The mix of prose and poetry here is more local and intimate than in Basho’s haibun, but it has the same steady attentiveness to the moments of a day—a sureness at home in curiosity, no matter how far out on the edges Freedman gets. The solitude at the center of this book is peculiar and consoling—it makes a reader feel accompanied.” —David Rivard, author of Otherwise Elsewhere, Wise Poison, and Torque In Midlife with Thoreau: Essays, Poems, Journals, Diane Freedman takes us on a journey infused with literary allusions and inspirations — a journey that is Thoreauvian in the deepest sense, sauntering out into the material world of woods, lakes, garden, family, and beloved dogs in order to plumb the depths of the mind and spirit.  Her stories of “mid-​​life” move from deeply felt losses to the intoxication of new love, infused with more everyday concerns about work, loved ones, and landscape and ultimately conveying a powerful sense of the ways each informs the others. The juxtaposition of essays, poetry, and journal entries makes for a delightful multiplicity of perspectives on the pivotal events of this period of the author’s life, and her precise use of language is, by turns, playful, poignant, and perceptive.  As Thoreau tells us, “It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look.” Reading this book is to experience the world as carved and painted by Freedman’s keen eyes, wide-​​ranging mind, and courageous, caring heart—an exhilarating and thought-​​provoking excursion that will make a lasting impression. —Karla Armbruster, co-​​editor of The Bioregional Imagination: Literature, Ecology, and Place and  Beyond Nature Writing: Expanding the Boundaries of Ecocriticism; co-​​author of Finding Our Niche: the Human Role in Healing the Earth, and the forthcoming Walking with Wildness: Dogs and What They Can Teach Us about Living on an Endangered Earth   In Mid-​​life with Thoreau Diane Freedman explores the “meaning of life in the woods,” along the way “practicing the nature cure and the narrative cure for mid-​​life anxiety, loneliness, and befuddlement.” Freedman conducts her explorations into the “calls of nature...

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Lungs of My Earth by William Henry Searle | A First Look

Posted by on Feb 19, 2015 in News, William Searle Media | 0 comments

Lungs of My Earth by William Henry Searle | A First Look

Our first offering of 2015 is now available for pre-​​order! Lungs of My Earth is the debut work of William Henry Searle. Look for the book worldwide on April 14th in paperback and ebook or reserve your copy in our bookstore today! Advance Praise “William Searle’s book, Lungs of My Earth, is an inspiring and heart-​​warming read. The author has been able to weave together a sense of the sacred with a sense of the place. Here in this book the love for the landscape meets the imagination of the intellect. The resulting prose is a beautiful narrative. It is a pilgrimage through life as well as through the land.” —Satish Kumar, founder and director of Schumacher College, editor of Reurgence Magazine “Lungs of my Earth evokes particular places dear to the author, sweeping them into our imaginations with a rush of delighted language to create ‘a luminous map of the sacred’. Part field-​​work and part sky-​​dreaming, it is at once exact and exultant—a vibrant song to the earth and echo chamber of the earth’s own singing.” —Sir Andrew Motion, UK Poet Laureate, 1999–2009, President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England   William Henry Searle, Ph.D., born 1987, in Dorset, UK, is a spiritual ecologist whose work draws on the world’s diverse spiritual traditions, philosophy, ecology, and personal lived experience in the outdoors to revive the sense of the natural world as inherently wild and sacred. He holds a doctorate in creative writing and environmental philosophy for which he was awarded a three year studentship to study at the Royal Holloway University of London. Lungs of my Earth is his first book.  ...

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Living in the Nature Poem Goodreads Giveaway

Posted by on Jan 21, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Living in the Nature Poem Goodreads Giveaway

Now through January 31, 2015, we’re running a giveaway on Goodreads for a copy of Living in the Nature Poem by Mary Harwell Sayler! Living in the Nature Poem connects us to ourselves, each other, and the earth. As an important part of our own environments, we’re also part of the complexities of nature, including human nature and those odd thoughts and moments that bring humor, wonder, perplexity, and prayer. If you don’t want to bother with the contest or find that you don’t win, come over to our bookstore where we are offering the paperback for only $11.96—20% off the list price! Visit our bookstore» Goodreads Book Giveaway Living in the Nature Poem by Mary Harwell Sayler Giveaway ends January 31, 2015. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter to win...

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Line in a Book | A Selection from Winter by Jamie K. Reaser

Posted by on Nov 15, 2014 in Jamie K. Reaser Media, News | 0 comments

Line in a Book | A Selection from Winter by Jamie K. Reaser

Enjoy a selection from Jamie K. Reaser’s latest collection Winter: Reflections by Snowlight. Jamie’s newest collection of poetry is a celebration of simplicity. Written during winter snow storms, the poems explore the essence of the season and what it is to have the routines of modernity stripped away when the power goes out. In this simplicity reside the profound truths that Nature and human nature have to offer those who have the courage to sit still and get quiet enough to listen. Place your chair in front of a warm fire and take Winter: Reflections by Snowlight into your hands. Winter is now available on Amazon, B&N and right here in our bookstore. ~ Line in a Book   “If a man knew what a woman never forgets, he would love her differently.” I’ve been reading books by candlelight. One sentence has caused me to pause, and to repeat throughout the night. It has been following me during the day. It’s there again when I strike the next match. “If a man knew what a woman never forgets, he would love her differently.” I’m a woman who hasn’t forgotten. Last night, as the chimes outside my bedroom window danced and sang, I asked: “How’s a man to know, if a woman never says?” I’m a woman who hasn’t forgotten. I’m a woman who hasn’t said as much as I remember. And there it is: The oath of silence that women took when they stopped being birds. I cried. I want to be a bird again.       Advance Praise for Winter “Jamie K. Reaser’s latest work is a love poem to the season of darkness, part of her broader mission to help us re-​​member who we are—embedded in the dark and dirty processes of the earth—and to help bring about that deep and important work of recognizing that there are no sacred or profane places or times, only stories we can tell that allow us to remember—or obscure—the sacredness of all. The coldness and darkness of winter is her muse, and her poetry can be ours in a time of darkness as well.” —Theodore Richards, author of The Crucifixion, Creatively Maladjusted, and The Conversions “Winter is a time for reflection, rest, and regeneration. Jamie K. Reaser shares the magic of this season of life, as well as the harshness that this time can bring. Settle back into the beautiful and potent poetry in Winter: Reflections by Snowlight and absorb the deep wisdom shared.” —Sandra Ingerman, Award-​​winning author of eight books, including Soul Retrieval “Winter is written in the ‘language of all things.’ It is a snow-​​lit illumination of consciousness. With stillness at the center, the collection invites us to ‘go inside’ to an interior of the spirit, which can manifest in juncos, cedars, reindeer games, and simple offerings. In Winter, we find interrelatedness, a communion with the natural world.” —Gwendolyn Morgan, author of Crow Feathers, Red Ochre, Green Tea “My inner-​​world has been deeply touched and impacted by Jamie’s poetry. It opened me to something incredibly beautiful– something new within myself and how I experience the world. “Winter” explores both the dark and the light–always with love, gratitude and appreciation for all that is – it is Nature – it is real. Needless to say, I highly recommend this book!” –Byron Metcalf, Ph.D., Award-​​winning musician and creator of “The Shaman’s Heart: The Path of Authentic Power, Purpose & Presence” “Jamie K. Reaser’s poetry does not attempt to startle with exotic lands or obtuse language. Instead, she...

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Wild Life by Jamie K. Reaser Wins USA Book Award

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Jamie K. Reaser Media, News | 0 comments

Wild Life by Jamie K. Reaser Wins USA Book Award

Wild Life: New and Selected Poems by Jamie K. Reaser has been named a Finalist in the USA Book Awards (Poetry Category)! Wild Life is both a celebration of wildlife and an exploration of the human animal. Ultimately, it is a testament to what becomes possible when we see ourselves as a part of, rather than apart from, the natural world. What can an owl, a salmon, or a bear teach us about becoming a better person? What if we re-​​claimed our animalness? What if we surrendered to the wild life? “What if..?” asks the poet. This edition features a foreword by Edward E. Clark Jr.,  President of the Wildlife Center of Virginia. Hiraeth Press will be donating $2.00/book to support the WCV’s environmental education and wildlife medicine programs! Look for Wild Life on Amazon, B&N, and in our e-​​store.   Advance Praise “Each morning, I treat myself to a poem by Jamie K. Reaser. Thoughtful, evocative, and welling up from a deeply sacred place, her words are my morning meditation, my morning prayer. Although Wild Life is bundled as a book of poetry, I know it to be what it truly is: Spiritual practice. Thank you, Jamie, for such a gift.” —Susan Chernak McElroy, author Animals as Teachers and Healers, Why Buffalo Dance “‘Hold your beliefs loosely, and always test them in the Light’ says Jamie K. Reaser in her lyrical book that serves as a Natura Scriptorum—the sacred gifts of nature translated into poetry. The light that she offers us is at the intersection of the natural world and our inner hunger for meaning. Keep this book of wisdom on your breakfast table and begin your day with Reaser’s elegant oracular lines.” —Carolyn Raffensperger, Executive Director of the Science and Environmental Health Network. Guardian of Future Generations. “I am taken back by the brilliance of Jamie K. Reaser’s poetry. She draws you into the wilds of the land and her heart and deep wisdom steps out to take you home every time. Her love of the natural world and weavings of spiritual truth are akin to Mary Oliver. Thank you, Jamie, for the superlative gift of your poetry.” —Mare Cromwell, award-​​winning author of Messages from Mother…. Earth Mother “In Wild Life, Jamie offers a wonderful cascade of stories, a flurry of images and imaginings, that each reconnect us to ourselves while weaving us boldly into the fragile and extravagant wildness of life. From the immensity of the bear to the morning quiver of hermit thrushes, Wild Life shares a wisdom of watching and learning in, and with, the wild.” —Sean Southey, Executive Director, PCI Media Impact “Jamie K. Reaser possesses an extraordinary kinship with all creatures wild and wondrous.  Through her exquisite poetry and writing, we are allowed privileged access into the natural world.  Once inside the awe that is nature, we sometimes face the very nature of ourselves.  Let Jamie be your tour guide in this wild realm and you shall be rewarded.” —Gary Tabor, Executive Director, Center for Large Landscape Conservation ~ Jamie K. Reaser has a deep fondness for the wild, intimate, and unnameable. She received a BS in Field Biology, with a minor in Studio Art, from the College of William and Mary and her doctorate in Biology from Stanford University. She has worked around the world as a biologist, international policy negotiator, environmental educator, and wilderness rites-​​of-​​passage guide. She is also a practitioner and teacher of eco-​​psychology, nature-​​based spirituality, and various approaches to expanding human consciousness, as well...

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Rolling Snowmen | A Selection from Winter by Jamie K. Reaser

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in Jamie K. Reaser Media, News, Previews | 0 comments

Rolling Snowmen | A Selection from Winter by Jamie K. Reaser

Enjoy a selection from Jamie K. Reaser’s latest collection Winter: Reflections by Snowlight. Jamie’s newest collection of poetry is a celebration of simplicity. Written during winter snow storms, the poems explore the essence of the season and what it is to have the routines of modernity stripped away when the power goes out. In this simplicity reside the profound truths that Nature and human nature have to offer those who have the courage to sit still and get quiet enough to listen. Place your chair in front of a warm fire and take Winter: Reflections by Snowlight into your hands. Winter is now available on Amazon, B&N and right here in our bookstore. ~ Rolling Snowmen   I can’t remember the last time I rolled a snowman. I would have been a young girl, wearing my hair in two long brown braids, and blissfully naïve to what was coming, ignorant of the fact that childhood can end so abruptly, and without warning, explanation, or apology. Had I been wiser, I would have cherished everything about that day: I’d be able to tell you the color of the sky, the rate of snow fall, the size of the flakes, the thickness of the pack, and if it were wet or a little too dry. Was it particularly cold?  Had my mother knitted my cap, or scarf? Was the snow still falling while I made him, or had it stopped? How big was he? Certainly, I used a carrot for the nose. Rocks for eyes?  Was he smiling? Did someone help? Younger sisters? The neighbor-​​kids? And, what did it all smell like? There were pines in the front yard – one very big. Is that where I learned that each species of pine has a different odor? Was I wrapped in a perfume of pine and snow and happiness? ** Now I’m going to show my age, and maybe some experience. I have chosen to apprentice to that which teaches me to cherish every moment: uncertainty wonderment gratitude. The sky is platinum. The snow is falling fast; a dizzying cascade of thick, wet flakes forming fluffy biceps on the boughs of the evergreens, which, yes, I can smell from the threshold of my open front door – made of solid mahogany. A male cardinal just called out. I want to be sure to acknowledge him - this crimson guardian of winter hope. After all, this could be my last poem. Or, yours. Advance Praise for Winter “Jamie K. Reaser’s latest work is a love poem to the season of darkness, part of her broader mission to help us re-​​member who we are—embedded in the dark and dirty processes of the earth—and to help bring about that deep and important work of recognizing that there are no sacred or profane places or times, only stories we can tell that allow us to remember—or obscure—the sacredness of all. The coldness and darkness of winter is her muse, and her poetry can be ours in a time of darkness as well.” —Theodore Richards, author of The Crucifixion, Creatively Maladjusted, and The Conversions “Winter is a time for reflection, rest, and regeneration. Jamie K. Reaser shares the magic of this season of life, as well as the harshness that this time can bring. Settle back into the beautiful and potent poetry in Winter: Reflections by Snowlight and absorb the deep wisdom shared.” —Sandra Ingerman, award winning author of eight books, including Soul Retrieval “Winter is written in the...

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Winter: Reflections by Snowlight by Jamie K. Reaser is Now Available!

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Featured, Jamie K. Reaser Media, New Releases, News | 0 comments

Winter: Reflections by Snowlight by Jamie K. Reaser is Now Available!

Jamie’s newest collection of poetry is a celebration of simplicity. Written during winter snow storms, the poems explore the essence of the season and what it is to have the routines of modernity stripped away when the power goes out.

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A First Look at Winter by Jamie K. Reaser

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in Jamie K. Reaser Media, News | 0 comments

A First Look at Winter by Jamie K. Reaser

Enjoy a first look at Jamie K. Reaser’s latest collection Winter: Reflections by Snowlight. Jamie’s newest collection of poetry is a celebration of simplicity. Written during winter snow storms, the poems explore the essence of the season and what it is to have the routines of modernity stripped away when the power goes out. In this simplicity reside the profound truths that Nature and human nature have to offer those who have the courage to sit still and get quiet enough to listen. Place your chair in front of a warm fire and take Winter: Reflections by Snowlight into your hands. Look for Winter on Amazon and B&N October 28, 2014 or pre-​​order your copy right now, in our bookstore. ~ The Sound of Snow She asked me how to describe the sound of snow falling softly in the mountains.   I stood among the flurries until the tears came, until I couldn’t stop them. Not even if I’d wanted to,   and I didn’t.   And, after a good long while, I replied:   “You must let your heart break for want of love.   You must listen carefully when it does.   Whatever it is you hear then,   that is it;   That is the sound of snow falling,   softly,   in the mountains.” Advance Praise for Winter “Jamie K. Reaser’s latest work is a love poem to the season of darkness, part of her broader mission to help us re-​​member who we are—embedded in the dark and dirty processes of the earth—and to help bring about that deep and important work of recognizing that there are no sacred or profane places or times, only stories we can tell that allow us to remember—or obscure—the sacredness of all. The coldness and darkness of winter is her muse, and her poetry can be ours in a time of darkness as well.” —Theodore Richards, author of The Crucifixion, Creatively Maladjusted, and The Conversions “Winter is a time for reflection, rest, and regeneration. Jamie K. Reaser shares the magic of this season of life, as well as the harshness that this time can bring. Settle back into the beautiful and potent poetry in Winter: Reflections by Snowlight and absorb the deep wisdom shared.” —Sandra Ingerman, award winning author of eight books, including Soul Retrieval “Winter is written in the ‘language of all things.’ It is a snow-​​lit illumination of consciousness. With stillness at the center, the collection invites us to ‘go inside’ to an interior of the spirit, which can manifest in juncos, cedars, reindeer games, and simple offerings. In Winter, we find interrelatedness, a communion with the natural world.” —Gwendolyn Morgan, author of Crow Feathers, Red Ochre, Green Tea “My inner-​​world has been deeply touched and impacted by Jamie’s poetry. It opened me to something incredibly beautiful– something new within myself and how I experience the world. “Winter” explores both the dark and the light–always with love, gratitude and appreciation for all that is – it is Nature – it is real. Needless to say, I highly recommend this book!” –Byron Metcalf, Ph.D., Award-​​winning musician and creator of “The Shaman’s Heart – The Path of Authentic Power, Purpose & Presence” “Jamie K. Reaser’s poetry does not attempt to startle with exotic lands or obtuse language. Instead, she stays close to home. And yet, in her heartfelt voice, the common place becomes uncovered, and like the kiss that frees the frog, we see...

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Written River Summer Edition Now Available!

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in Featured, New Releases, News | 0 comments

Written River Summer Edition Now Available!

The summer edition of Written River is now available!

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