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Posted on Nov 12, 2014

Wild Life by Jamie K. Reaser Wins USA Book Award

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!

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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 as a poet, writer, artist, and homesteader-in-progress. Jamie has a passion for bringing people into their hearts, inspiring the heart beat of community, and, ultimately, empowering people to live with a heart-felt dedication to Mother Earth. Her writing explores themes at the interface of Nature and human nature. She is the editor of the Courting the Wild Series, as well as the author of Huntley Meadows: A Naturalist’s Journal in Verse, Note to Self: Poems for Changing the World from the Inside Out, Sacred Reciprocity: Courting the Beloved in Everyday Life, Wild Life: New and Selected Poems, and Winter: Reflections by Snowlight. Jamie is a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Writers. She makes her home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Please visit her Talking Waters Facebook page and/or Talking Water poetry blog (link below).