Have a Listen to “Poetry á la Carte”

Hear Poetry of Presence editors Phyllis Cole-Dai and Ruby R. Wilson discuss the anthology with contributing poet Pat Schneider on “Poetry á la Carte,” hosted by the delightful Daisy Mathias. The half-hour interview was recorded in March, 2018, and broadcast in April on WMUA 91.1.FM, the voice of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.


On the Loss of Dick Allen, a Contributing Poet


We are saddened to inform you that contributing poet Dick Allen died on December 26th after suffering a heart attack on Christmas. He was 78.

In the words of one of his friends who shared the news, “He was our brother in poetry, an extraordinary poet who not only served as Connecticut’s Poet Laureate for five years but was a hugely generous advocate of poetry and poets. He made us all richer because of his life-long devotion. We will miss him dearly!”

You may read Dick’s obituary here. And here’s a lovely eulogy by his daughter Tanya A. Allen.

We will always be grateful for Dick’s contribution to Poetry of Presence as well as his myriad suggestions and words of encouragement.

We extend deep sympathy to Lori Allen and Dick’s entire family. May abiding love and precious memories bring you present comfort.

Final Reminder: Free U.S. Shipping Through 2017

Poetry of Presence is flying off the shelves. We’re having trouble keeping it in stock for direct sales, while our sales ranking in Amazon’s “poetry anthologies” category is consistently in the top twenty. (It’s risen as high as #4.) You people are incredibly supportive! We’re very grateful.


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We’re Inside the Beltway!

We’re happy to announce that Poetry of Presence: An Anthology of Mindfulness Poems has been listed among the “New Releases” in the December issue of Beltway Poetry Quarterly.

Beltway Poetry Quarterly is an award-winning online literary journal and resource bank that showcases the literary community in Washington, DC, and the surrounding Mid-Atlantic region. Our anthology qualified for consideration because it includes work by Lucille Clifton and Linda Pastan.

We’re very grateful for this publicity. The world needs “good medicine” poetry, now more than ever. Thanks, Beltway Poetry!