If You Missed Our June 6th Event…

Six contributors to Voices of the Grieving Heart read their poems at this moving and intimate event. We were joined by my friend John Fox as well as special guest Kris Kington-Barker, end-of-life doula and former Executive Director at Hospice of San Luis Obispo County.

You can watch a recording of the event here:

We Had a Wonderful Reading in the UK!

On Zoom, of course. On May 23, five British contributors to Voices of the Grieving Heart read their poems, including some that are not in the book. Thank you so much to Rosemary Palmeira, Rose Drew, Maggie Jackson, Gill Garrett, and Yvonne Ugarte! I read a few poems as well, including one from a sixth British contributor who couldn’t make it, Lucy Trevitt.

We were joined by John Fox, founder and director of the Institute for Poetic Medicine. You can watch the recording here:

Three Upcoming Book Events!

We have three new book events coming up! Each will feature six book contributors reading their poems from Voices of the Grieving Heart. All events are free and you are welcome to attend any or all of them.

Please join us for a sharing of poems whose breadth and depth will move you, startle you, and at times, provide relief. These poets and their poems will stretch your mind and cause you to pause with heartful attention on what counts in living this life.

May 23, 2021: If you live in Europe, come to this one! 1700-1830 GMT (9:00-10:30 PDT) Six British contributors will read their poems, along with editor/contributor Mike Bernhardt and special guest John Fox. There will be time for discussion and questions. Click here to register for this event. If you would like more information or a flyer to share, download it here.

Two more events will be hosted by the Institute for Poetic Medicine. Both events will feature facilitators Mike Bernhardt, John Fox, PPM, and Kris Kington-Barker. Download the flyer for more information including facilitator bios.

May 23, 2021 (the same day as the first one), 1:30 – 3:00 PM PDT: Six writers will read their contributions to Voices of the Grieving Heart. Register here for the May 23 event.

June 6, 2021, 4:00-5:30 PM PDT: Six different writers will read their contributions to Voices of the Grieving Heart. Register here for the June 6 event.

We hope to see you at one or more of these readings!

E. Ethelbert Miller Reads His Poem, “Words”

We have a new project to collect video performances of contributors, reading their contributions to Voices of the Grieving Heart.

The first video comes from E. Ethelbert Miller, who reads his poem, Words.


My Interview on the Grief Dreams Podcast is Live!

Have you ever had someone who died appear in one of your dreams? Joshua Black, PhD did his dissertation on the topic of grief dreams. In this podcast, we spoke about grief, about my book “Voices of the Grieving Heart,” and especially about several dreams I had in which my late wife appeared and checked in on me. One of those dreams became a poem, called “Resurrection,” which appears in the book. In the chapter called “The Garden of Dreams,” other contributors also wrote about their grief dreams.

You can listen here, or wherever you like to get your podcasts.

Voices is in the News!

Mike, John Fox, and a few Voices contributors were interviewed for a fantastic article in papers belonging to the Bay Area News Group (San Jose Mercury News, East Bay Times Times, Marin Independent Journal, and a number of weekly papers). Read it here!

If you are unable to view it online, you can view and download a PDF here.

Did You Miss the Book Launch?

We have a received a LOT of great feedback about the book launch. One attendee, someone who doesn’t normally write poetry, was even inspired to write her own poem about grieving the death of her husband.

If you missed the live event, you can watch it right here.