Do not stand by my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond’s glint on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripening grain.
I am the gentle autumn’s rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die. – Mary Elizabeth Frye (1905-2004), Poem 1932
That lovely poem (often wrongly attributed to Native American origin and tradition) reads like a prayer or a hymn. This is not surprising since true prayer and true poetry both come from Sacred Space. It was recited this past Saturday as we celebrated the inspiring life of a dear friend who left his body shortly before his seventieth birthday and his twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. He was a nature lover and we approprately celebrated his life out-of-doors at the Hanoke Japanese Gardens. Our friend died of chronic leukemia.
Throughout the fifteen years our friend lived with dying, there was nary a complaint. Even in dying he was true to his core value, thinking of – loving – others. Among his last sentiments was the hope – the encouragement – that the lessons we’d take from his life were to live with equanimity and to live hugely, kindly and consciously.
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
– St. Francis of Assisi
Like many of us today, our friend combined the wisdom of several traditions to create a spiritual life that worked well for him. Raised a Catholic he took seriously the injunctions in St. Francis’ Prayer. He also valued the similar life philosophies of oneness, stewardship, non-attachment and respect for silence found in Buddhist scripture and practice and in Native American spirituality. His daily practice was Buddhist for Buddhism is indeed the master of meditative technology.
In memory of B.K.S. xo
May all sentient beings find peace.
If you are viewing this in an email, you will have to link through to the site to enjoy this beautiful and peaceful video with a Metta chant put to music. It’s sung in Pali but offers English subtitles.
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· French publisher Actes Sud wins Adult Trade Publisher
· Readings in Australia crowned Bookstore of the Year
· US and Chinese publishers lead the field with two awards each
· Sudan, Brazil, Poland and New Zealand also won awards
The winners of The London Book Fair International Excellence Awards, in association with The Publishers Association and sponsored by Hytex, announced at a prestigious awards ceremony held on the first day of LBF.
French publisher Actes Sud took home The Bookseller Adult Trade Publisher Award and was commended for its “depth and breadth of publishing, second-to-none design and production values, and a ground-breaking list”. The judges also praised its imprint Sindbad “which champions writing from the Arabic and Muslim worlds”.
In a new category for 2016, The Bookstore of the Year Award went to Melbourne-based Readings for “its community outreach, support of Australian authors and its help for non-profit organisations working on literacy initiatives”.
The US had another successful year at the awards, with two wins overall. Words Without Borders won The Publishers Weekly Literary Translation Initiative Award with judges reflecting that “literature in the translation sector is flourishing with momentum, passion and innovation”. In The Global Rights 365 Literary Agent Award category, New-York-basedThe Barbara J. Zitwer Agency, who had previously been nominated for The Outstanding Contribution Award 2014, took the crown and was praised for “for the grace and persistence of her dealings”.
China had a fantastic night and was awarded two highly coveted prizes. The BookBrunch Children’s and Young Adult Trade Publisher Award was presented to Jieli Publishing House Co. Ltd because of “its broad and inclusive approach” and its catalogue reflecting “the best of both home grown and international authors and books”. Meanwhile, China also won the Market Focus Achievement Award as accepted by government owned CNPIEC (China National Publications Import & Export).
Jacks Thomas, Director, The London Book Fair, said: “The awards represent the very best the publishing industry has to offer across the globe, and we were delighted to see winners from countries as far afield as Sudan, France, Poland, New Zealand and Brazil. For me, meeting and celebrating these publishers’ hard work, dedication and talent is such a fundamental part of the Book Fair. It is these inspiring companies and people around the world who make publishing such a special industry, that I am privileged to work in.”
Stephen Lotinga, Chief Executive, The UK Publishers Association, said: “The International Excellence Awards provide an incredible opportunity to recognise achievements within the publishing industry globally. It showcases the wealth of cultural diversity driving the production of enriching works enjoyed by people worldwide. From France to New Zealand, from Sudan to China, the commitment and dedication demonstrated by the publishers has been none other than inspirational and it has been an honour to hear their stories and celebrate as part of the London Book Fair.”
The full list of this year’s International Excellence Awards winners is below:
· The Bookstore of the Year Award
o Readings (Australia)
· The Literary Festival Award
o Flupp (Brazil)
· The Publishers Weekly Literary Translation Initiative Award
o Words without Borders (US)
· The Knowledgespeak Academic and Professional Publisher Award
o Auckland University Press (New Zealand)
· The BookBrunch Children’s and Young Adult Trade Publisher Award
o Jieli Publishing House Co. Ltd (China)
· The Bookseller Adult Trade Publisher Award
o Actes Sud (France)
· The China Publishing & Media Journal Educational Learning Resources Award
o SuperMemo World sp. z o.o. (Poland)
· The Global Rights 365 Literary Agent Award
o The Barbara J. Zitwer Agency (US)
· The Education Initiatives Award
o United Nations – African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) (Sudan)
· The Market Focus Achievement Award
o Market Focus China (China)
· The Total Licensing IP Rights Across Media Award
o The Night Zookeeper (UK)
Also hosted on the night was a selection of awards held in association with The London Book Fair:
· The London Book Fair Simon Master Chairman’s Award
o Ernest Hecht
· The Quantum Publishing Innovation Award
· The IPA Prix Voltaire 2016
o Raif Badawi (Saudi Arabia)
· The London Book Fair Trailblazer Awards
o George Burgess, Entrepreneur and Marketing Lead at Gojimo
o Clio Cornish, Executive Publisher at HarperCollins
o Nick Coveney, Head of Digital at Kings Road Publishing
o Ella Kahn, Co-Founder of DKW Literary Agency & Bryony Woods, Co-Founder of DKW Literary Agency
· The Association for Publishing Education Dissertation and Project Prizes
o Best Dissertation for a Postgraduate: Veronica Morgan, University College London
o Best Dissertation for an Undergraduate: Fiona Parker, Loughborough University (BA Publishing with English)
o Best Overall Project: Amy Ellis, Oxford Brookes University
· Accessible Books Consortium Award for Accessible Publishing: Initiative (Joint winner)
o Action on Disability Rights and Development (ADRAD) (Nepal)
o DK & the DK Braille Concept Development Team (UK)
· Accessible Books Consortium Award for Accessible Publishing: Publisher
o Elsevier B.V
· The London Book Fair Lifetime Achievement Award
o Gail, Baroness Rebuck, DBE, Chair of Penguin Random House, UK
The awards, which celebrate international excellence in the book industry, cover the whole scope of international publishing, including academic and scholarly publishing, children’s publishing, literary translation and digital innovation. In each award category the judging panel was made up of experts in that sector.
The awards were presented at The London Book Fair, London Olympia Conference Centre on Tuesday 12th April. The drinks reception was sponsored by UKTI.
Announcement courtesy of The London Book Fair; photo credits, 2016 (the first photograph) courtesy of Arielinson under CC BY-SA 4.0 license , 2009 (the second photograph) courtesy of R Sones under CC BY-SA 2.0 license
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AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR JOURNALISTS AND AUTHORS (ASJA), provides links to RESOURCES FOR WRITERS IN FINANCIAL NEED OR NEEDING HEALTH INSURANCE. “Financial assistance available and guidelines for eligibility vary, see individual programs for details. Assistance is often on an emergency basis and for living/medical expenses related to an immediate crisis, not for funding a new project. Writer-specific programs usually require demonstrated professional writing experience. Regional assistance usually requires residence/work in that area.” Link to ASJA HERE.
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE FESTIVAL, DUBLIN 21-29 May 2016 DETAILS HERE
HOW TO BE AN ARTIST AND NOT LOSE YOU MIND, Bronx Museum of Arts, Friday, May 20, 6:30pm to 9:00pm How to be an Artist and Not Lose your Mind is a one-night workshop run by artist William Lee (Master Lee) for artists, writers, musicians, actors, and performers. Details HERE
BACK TO THE FUTURE: CUBAN SCI-FI NOW, Words Without Borders event at The Bronx Museum of Arts, Wednesday, May 25, 7 p.m. “Discover the world of Cuban science fiction at a bilingual reading with Anabel Enríquez Piñeiro, Erick J. Mota, and Yoss, whose far-out work is featured in the May issue of Words without Borders edited by Esther Allen and Hillary Gulley. Deji Olukotun (Nigerians in Space) will moderate a discussion about this exciting literary frontier that adds new dimensions to our perception of the island nation. Reception to follow.” Details HERE
THE GREAT INDIAN POETRY COLLECTIVE POETS PRIZE Deadline: May 15, 2016 Guest Judge: Arundhathi Subramaniam, Guidelines for The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective’s Emerging Poets Prize & Editor’s Choice Award “The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective is a mentorship model literary press, bringing new poetic voices from India to the world. We are a not-for-profit, shared work literary press publishing and promoting poets with a connection to India/Indian diaspora. The Emerging Poets Prize will help nurture and bring out new poetic voices from India, the diaspora and those that have a meaningful connection to India.” DETAILS HERE
GLIMMER TRAIN New Writer Award: 1st place $2,500, and publication. “Open only to emerging writers whose fiction has not appeared in any print publication with a circulation over 5,000.
“The 1st-place winner will be published in Glimmer Train and will receive 10 copies of that issue. Second-and 3rd-place win $500/$300, respectively, or, if accepted for publication, $700. Winners and finalists will be announced in the September 1 bulletin, and contacted directly the previous week.
“Most submissions run 1,500 – 6,000 words, but stories as long as 12,000 words are fine. Writing Guidelines” Deadline 6/30. Details HERE
SECOND LIGHT POETRY COMPETITION FOR LONG AND SHORT POEMS BY WOMEN 2016 – JUDGE ALISON BRACKENBURY will read all submitted entries. Brackenbury’s work has received an Eric Gregory and a Cholmondeley Award. She has appeared on many BBC Radio poetry programmes, most recently on Radio 4 in July 2014. Her 8th collection is Then and her 9th collection, Skies, was published this year (both Carcanet). RULES & ENTRY HERE
£300 First Prize for each of Long (no upper limit) and Short (max 50 lines) poems
£150 Second Prize (1 poem from either category)
£75 Third Prize (1 poem from either category)
Winning & Commended Poets published (in full or extract) in ARTEMISpoetry
A London reading for winners.
Entry: £6 each per long poem. Short poems: £4 each or £9 for 3, £14 for 8. Enter by post (2 copies) or online.
**Members are entitled to one free entry into the competition. Join now to be eligible. MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION HERE**
CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS
BETWEEN WORLDS (fledgling publication) calls for submissions of Short Stories including flash fiction. Details HERE
ARC POETRY MAGAZINE will be accepting unsolicited manuscripts through June 1st. Arc’s 2016 annual themed issue is “Art In The End Times” DETAILS HERE
BARE HANDS POETRY accepts poetry and photography. DETAILS HERE
THE BeZINE (HERE) theme or May is The Books That Changed Our Lives. Submit one or two paragraphs on a book that changed your life and why and include a two line bio. Submission Guidelines HERE. Mission Statement HERE. Submit via email: email@example.com DEADLINE MAY 10
COPYRIGHTLAWS.COM, copyright, licensing, digital property. “For 18 years, Copyrightlaws.com has been the portal for copyright and licensing information for creators, owners, distributors, and consumers of content.” MORE
WORDS WITHOUT BORDERS (HERE) “has as won The 2016 London Book Fair/Publishers Weekly Literary Translation Initiative Award! Founding editor Samantha Schnee and editorial director Susan Harris were at the ceremony to receive the award. “One of the London Book Fair International Excellence Awards, the Literary Translation Initiative Award celebrates organizations that have succeeded in raising the profile of literature in translation, promoting literary translators, and encouraging new translators and translated works.”
THE CREATIVE NEXUS™ arts aggregate publishes a new edition weekly HERE
SAVANNAH BOOK FESTIVAL is February 16-19, 2017, keep watching their site for details.
100,000 POETS FOR CHANGE (100TPC) registration is HERE if you want to organize an event in your area