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The Art of Listening Anthology 
Listening-Inspired Poetry & Visual Arts

About the Contributors

Linda Albert, whose works have been professionally publishing since the 1960s, has won numerous honors including the Olivet and Dyer-Ives Foundation Poetry Prizes and the Atlanta Review’s International Merit Award for poetry. She is a 2021 gold medal recipient of the Florida Authors and Publishers Association President's Book Awards for her collection, Charting the Lost Continent: Poetry and Other Discoveries. Linda resides in Sarasota, Florida, where she designs and teaches online and in-person workshops on conscious and creative aging. Find her at


Sanna Ala-Kortesmaa, a Finland based digital artist, is known for her compelling art that captures sensitive, fleeting moments triggered by relationships between people or the lack thereof. Originally a traditional photographer, her nuanced style has developed to expressing the unmasked sensitivity and strength of people while altering, enhancing, and challenging the traditional boundaries of people photography with various photo editing software. Her art merges isolated images that each encompass flashes of emotion, resulting in changes in perception and moments of recognition.


Manisha Asrani: Listening is at the heart of everything Manisha does, and she believes it to be her superpower. Her journey as a listener was enriched by being a part of ILA: International Listening Association, where she learned to incorporate listening into everything she does, whether it is writing poems, attending to patients as a medical student, or spending time with loved ones. Apart from listening she loves poetry, cats, spending time in nature and playing basketball.


Suzanne S. Austin-Hill is known to whip up a variety of mean, poetic stews from original recipes.  Ingredients include encouragement, prompts, form (or no form), notes, and seasonings - pinches of ideas and bits ‘n pieces of poems that lie patiently dormant.  This “releases the Kraken” every time.  Since 2017, Suzanne has been blessed to find an audience willing to partake of whatever she's been brave enough to serve (from the News of Sun City Center to the National Federation of State Poetry Societies).


Deborah Alma is a UK poet, editor, and teacher. She’s helped people with dementia, in hospice care, vulnerable women’s groups and children in schools. Co-founder of the world’s first walk-in Poetry Pharmacy, she also writes prescriptions, as an Emergency Poet, from her vintage ambulance. She is editor of Emergency Poet: an anti-stress poetry anthology, #MeToo: rallying against sexual harassment - a women’s poetry anthology, Ten Poems of Happiness from Candlestick Press and co-editor of These Are the Hands: Poems from the Heart of the NHS. Her first full collection Dirty Laundry is published by Nine Arches Press.


Dr. Bahareh Amidi was born in Iran and grew up in the US. She completed a certification at the Institute for Poetic Medicine in California. Through a brief process, Dr. Amidi guides individuals and groups to express themselves. She shows them how their own words can release worry, deepen feeling and understanding, provide comfort, and bring relief. She creates a safe environment to explore a new sense of meaning, purpose, and direction. Visit her website at


Nava Carlyle is 17 years old (at the time of publication). She’s in high school, but often doesn’t feel like it. Her poem "Dear Jewish Kid" has been previously published in an online magazine "Jewish Girls Unite," and her dream is to get published in The New York Times Modern Love section. Keep an eye out. She hopes her work reaches you. 


Judy Hardin Cheung lives in Santa Rosa, CA. She taught 4 ½ years in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, then daily living skills to all ages for 30 years at Sonoma Developmental Center. For over 20 years, until Covid, she was the administrator for Chinese language classes for people of all ages. Judy's poetic life began in the 1980's. Currently, she is Poets of the Vineyard president, Artists Embassy International VP, United Poets Laureate International VP and Redwood Empire Chinese Association secretary.


The Cloud Appreciation Society has over 59,000 members in 120 countries – all united in the belief that the sky’s the most dynamic, evocative and poetic aspect of nature. We aim to bring people together through a greater understanding and appreciation of the sky.” 


Marc Davidson is a native of the Daytona Beach area. Graduated from Seabreeze High School in 1972 and Florida State University in 1976. Traveled the world eating all kinds of exotic and interesting foods and seeing the sights. Worked for the Daytona Beach News-Journal and for Bankers Life and Colonial Life Insurance companies. Retired. Writes poetry – mostly funny but some serious. Belongs to Tomoka Poets, Live Poets of Daytona Beach and Florida State Poets Association. Loving the poet life!


Linda Eve Diamond, editor of The Art of Listening anthology, is a writer, photographer, and a recipient of the International Listening Association’s President’s Award. Her poetry has been honored with Artists Embassy International’s Grand Prize, National Federation of State Poetry Societies’ Founders Award, and REELpoetry International’s Video Prompt Award. Her poems are widely published and her photographs have been featured on journal covers and elsewhere. She encourages listening-themed artistry through the website,  Visit Linda Eve’s website at


Eric Epstein is a sign language poet whose work has been featured in the Folger Shakespeare Library traveling exhibition as well as various art galleries. He is also a workshop presenter on sign language poetics and translation. He has coached and mentored Deaf performers as well as professional sign language interpreters so that they would win top honors in various national competitions. His groundbreaking research in sign language poetics can be found in the website


Mary Stella Ershler has had a love for photography for nearly 40 years. Inspired by her father, who took amazing pictures of family adventures, Mary’s unfiltered photographs reflect the best of what the essence of nature has to offer along her journey. You can follow Mary’s adventures at ilovethebeach2 on Instagram. 


The Institute for Poetic Medicine (IPM), founded by John Fox, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to awakening the healing creative voice inside each of us. We seek to empower people to discover and bring that voice into their daily lives. IPM supports the growing awareness and use of Poetry Therapy/Poetic Medicine as a healing tool through workshops, professional development, publications, resources, training in the practice of Poetry Therapy/Poetic Medicine, and community building. Our mission statement is “to awaken soulfulness in the human voice." Visit 

Joann Field started focusing of photography in about 2007 with her "walk journals," snapping everything along her route to and from work.  Soon she was recording everything in and of her life and experimenting. Mary Delaney, her hero, didn't start her amazing artwork until she was 72.  So, Joann says, she has one more year to get serious.


John Fox, PPM, is a poet and Practitioner of Poetic Medicine. He is author of Poetic Medicine: The Healing Art of Poem Making and Finding What You Didn’t Lose: Expressing Your Truth and Creativity Through Poem-Making. His poems are gathered in a chapbook, The Only Gift to Bring. John is President of The Institute for Poetic Medicine (IPM), a nonprofit he founded in 2005. He lives in Mountain View, California. IPM’s mission statement is “to awaken soulfulness in the human voice." . Visit 


Matthew James Friday is a British born writer and teacher. He has been published in numerous international journals, including, recently: Acta Victoriana (CA), The Oregon English Journal and Shot Glass Journal. The micro-chapbooks All the Ways to Love, The Residents, Waters of Oregon and The Words Unsaid were published by the Origami Poems Project (USA). Matthew is a 2021 Pushcart Prize nominated poet.


Mary Rogers-Grantham began writing poetry at an early age while growing up on beautiful Arkansas acres of farmland where there was an endless plenty to celebrate and to commemorate. Her first book of poems, It’s Okay: Poetic Memoirs, accomplishes that effort. She is an award-winning poet, professor and the author of poetry collections Clear Velvet, Under a Daylight Moon and When the Sun Sails. Her poem publications include in The Florida Writer, Cadence, Sky Island Journal, Of Poets and Poetry, Cultural Daily and elsewhere. 

Peter M. Gordon has over 100 poems published in various magazines and authored two collections: Two Car Garage and Let's Play Two: Poems About Baseball. His poems won the 2019 Thomas Burnett Swann Prize from the Gwendolyn Brooks Writer's Association of Central Florida. Peter is a founder and President of Orlando Area Poets, a chapter of the Florida State Poets Association.


Nancy Haskett, a retired educator, has been writing poems for well over fifty years, but regularly for about eleven years now. Her work has appeared in over forty publications, and her poetry collection, Shadows & Reflections, is currently available on Amazon. In her spare time, she likes to walk, bike, read, follow the San Francisco Giants, and spend time with family. Currently, she is doing a virtual walk of the Pacific Crest Trail and has completed over 2100 miles!


Lola Haskins has published 11 books of poetry and three of prose. Her most recent effort-- Asylum: Improvisations on John Clare (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019) ---was featured in the New York Times Sunday Magazine.   Past honors include the Iowa Poetry Prize, two NEAs, two Florida Book Awards, narrative poetry prizes  from Southern Poetry Review and New England Poetry Review, a Florida's Eden prize for environmental writing, and the Emily Dickinson prize from Poetry Society of America.

Merna Ann Hecht, an Institute for Poetic Medicine Poetry Partner founded the Stories of Arrival: Refugee and Immigrant Youth Voices Poetry Project at Foster High School in WA State, one of the most language and culturally diverse school in the U.S. She has over twenty-five years of experience working with youth facing trauma and loss and has undertaken front-line volunteer work with asylum seekers in Europe. She holds certificates of completion from the NYC Creative Center Hospital Artist in Residence Program and the Harvard Medical School Global Mental Health Program in Refugee Trauma.

Jenny Hegland is a creative facilitator, coach, and social entrepreneur whose life’s work centers around community engagement, participatory leadership, and social justice. She moved to the greater D.C. area in 2018 after living in Saipan (in the Northern Mariana Islands) for three years, where she co-founded and led two disaster recovery nonprofits. Prior to that she worked in higher education for 10 years as a counselor, instructor, and partnership liaison. Jenny holds a M.S. in counseling and a B.S. in communications.

Rev. Heng Sure, PhD, is a native of Toledo, Ohio. He ordained as a monastic in the Chinese Buddhist tradition in 1976. He holds an M.A in Oriental Languages from the University of California, Berkeley and a PhD in Religion from the Graduate Theological Union. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, French, and Japanese, he is a musician and story-teller. An advocate for a plant-based diet, Rev. Sure teaches for part of each year in the hinterland of Queensland, Australia, marveling at Nature’s most colorful wildlife. 


The Human Library is a world-wide initiative, connecting people for meaningful discussions and explorations in an effort to break down stereotypes. Learn more about The Human Library, how to volunteer, how to get published as a book, how to find events near you, and more at


The Institute for Poetic Medicine (IPM), founded by John Fox, is a non-profit organization dedicated to awakening the healing creative voice inside each of us. IPM supports use of Poetry Therapy/Poetic Medicine as a healing tool through workshops, professional development, publications, resources, training in the practice of Poetry Therapy/Poetic Medicine, and community building. IPM funds poetry projects that serve helping professions and marginalized people in our culture. Visit

Lori Joubert is a dedicated coach, facilitator, and Certified Listening Professional with over 20 years of experience leading groups and individuals with an emphasis on listening. She received her degrees in Speech Communication from the University of Washington where she studied organizational and interpersonal communication focusing on listening skill development in large complex organizations.  Lori is board member of the International Listening Association (ILA). She is naturally curious about people and passionate about listening as an essential human activity.


Yalie Saweda Kamara is a Sierra Leonean-American writer from Oakland, California. Selected as the 2022-2023 Cincinnati and Mercantile Library Poet Laureate (2-year term), she is the editor of the anthology What You Need to Know About Me: Young Writers on Their Experience of Immigration (The Hawkins Project, 2022) and the author of A Brief Biography of My Name (African Poetry Book Fund/Akashic Books, 2018) and When The Living Sing (Ledge Mule Press, 2017). She earned her Ph.D. in Creative Writing and English Literature from the University of Cincinnati. For more:


Tooba Khursheed is an aspiring medical student who harbors an irrational love for art and poetry. Apart from this, she enjoys exploring places and people. Over time, she has come to realise that the art of listening demands lifelong commitment. Its many layers can only be unraveled with practice. She has embarked on a journey, dreaming to better this world and if you like to come along, you can connect with her on Instagram (@medmione).


Lea Killian graduated college with a degree in journalism, but believes poetry has a quiet truth to it that’s hard to find in the loudness of today. She writes mostly about nature, the silence of it and her relationship to it. Lea believes this requires a practice in listening, both to the world around us and to ourselves—a skill vital in poetry and journalism alike. She currently resides in Zion National Park and continues her work toward a complete manuscript. 


Elle Klassen is a writer and current student of Arts & Sciences at McMaster University (Class of '23). They thrive on connecting with and learning from people in personal and professional environments. Elle became The Good Listening Project's first Listener Poet in 2018 when they helped pilot the program at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington DC.

Robert Spencer Knotts Robert Spencer Knotts is the author of 27 published books, five plays, numerous poems, fables, blogs, lyrics and other literary works. In 2005 he founded the nonprofit organization, the Humanity Project, and still serves as the group’s president and primary program creator. Knotts is among fewer than 50,000 Americans whose biography is included in the Marquis "Who's Who in America" and "Who's Who in the World," the standard biographical references.


Judith Krum is a teacher, counselor, writer, and disability rights advocate who earned her BA in English from Marietta College (Ohio) and her M.Ed. from McDaniel College (Maryland). Her work has been published in many anthologies, journals, and magazines. She has five published books on Amazon. Most recently, her memoir My M S Journey: Recalculating  was published in December 2021. Born in New York, she has lived in Ohio, Maryland, Vermont, and now resides in Florida with her husband, an organist-choirmaster. Judith was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in1985.


Marva Shand Mc-Intosh, change maker and visionary, is the founder of I Love to Listen Day  (May 16th). Drawing from her insights gained from three decades as a speech language pathologist in Washington, D. C., and as a Certified Listening Professional, Marva serves as a listening trainer/coach, and as an advocate for the unheard. She is frequently recognized as an international promoter of the power of listening. 


Hiram Larew’s latest collection of poems, Mud Ajar (2021, Atmosphere Press). His next collection, Patchy Ways, is forthcoming from CyberWit. Visit his website at and

Calder Lowe is an award-winning editor, writer, former college instructor, and Ragdale Foundation alumna. A collection of her poems and fiction, Holding the Light in Your Arms, was published by Jacaranda Press and a prose collection, The Light on His Feet, released by Dragonfly Press. Her poems have appeared in New Millennium Writings, Reed: A Journal of Poetry and Prose, cæsura, The Poet’s Cookbook, (Bordighera Press), Pen Woman Magazine, MiPOesias Magazine, Praxilla, and in numerous other journals. She is a member of the National League of American Pen Women, Modesto branch.

Claire Massey, a writer, who retired from her first career as a Speech-Language Pathologist, continues to focus on the auditory experience, the spoken word, and the music of poetry. A Selection Editor for the 2019 and 2021 print editions of The Emerald Coast Review, she is now Poetry Editor for NLAPW's quarterly magazine, The Pen Woman. Her work has appeared in over thirty journals and her collection, Driver Side Window, Poems & Prose, is now available on Amazon.


Llewellyn McKernan is a poet and children's book writer. She has two Master's Degrees: one in English from the University of Arkansas and one in creative writing from Brown University. Six of her poetry books for adults and four for children have been published by regional, literary, or traditional publishers. Her poems have been published in many journals, fifty-six anthologies, and have won over one hundred state, regional, or national honors, awards, or prizes.  


Inge Milfull is half German, half Australian. She grew up in Germany and now works in Oxford as a lexicographer. She now writes mostly in English. She is a member of the Back Room Poets and runs one of their poetry workshops.


Terry Jude Miller is a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet from Houston. He received the 2018 Catherine Case Lubbe Manuscript Prize for his book, The Drawn Cat’s Dream. His work has been published in the Southern Poetry Anthology, The Lily Poetry Review, The Comstock Review and in scores of other publications. He serves as 1st Vice Chancellor for the National Federation of States Poetry Societies. 


Howard Moon is a writer and poet. His writing and poetry have appeared in multiple collections and anthologies. He has won national, local and regional awards. He is of Native heritage and identifies as BIPOC. In 2012 he suffered a brain injury and has been diagnosed with a mental illness — Pseudobulbar Affect. He has also been diagnosed as a hemipelagic. He is retired and lives in central Florida with his wife and service dog.


Kim Manley Ort is a writer, photographer, and occasional facilitator of online and in-person experiences, based in Niagara, Ontario. In recent years, she’s been writing about seeing clearly on Substack. Visit her website at

T. S. Page is from the backwaters of Florida. Authoring over 600 works, she studied philosophy, language, and poetry at the University of Florida, the University of Freiburg, the University of Colorado, and Jungian psychology at the Naropa Institute. In the last 2 years she has begun to publish her works and is published as an FSPA Poetry Contest winner in the 2022 edition of Cadence. Her first Poetry Chapbook, Heliotrope, A Woman's Turning, is available on Amazon. 


Dan Pels was born near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France in 1944. He is fluent in French and English and writes poetry in both languages. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in French Literature, both degrees from Syracuse University. Dan Pels is a surrealist poet who has published seven poetry books and organized many different poetry events in Volusia County, Florida.


The Poetry Pharmacy, the world’s first walk-in Poetry Pharmacy, was founded by poets Deborah Alma and Jim Sheard in 2019. Their beautiful Victorian-style shop is located in Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire England. Deborah began prescribing poetry from her vintage ambulance in 2012, which she continues to use to bring her Emergency Poet services to hospitals, libraries, schools, and festivals. Visit the shop online at, and the online pharmacy at


Melina Ponak is a member of the International Listening Association’s Spirituality Team and is creating a virtual network for women who support each other’s freedom, fulfillment, and success through the powerful practice of Listening Partnerships.  She is a co-founder of Mekorah Institute, an Online Spiritual Centre, based in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia where she lives with her husband and two children. Melina welcomes anyone interested in Listening Partnerships to contact her at


Ravenna Raven spent her childhood in a 250-year-old farmhouse in rural New Jersey, reading and writing stories to entertain herself. She earned a B.A. in literature and creative writing from the George Washington University and an MFA in poetry from the University of Maryland. She teaches creative writing, reading development, and restorative yoga to students of all ages. Ravenna works as a Listener Poet at hospitals, healing centers, and national healthcare conferences, and leads The Good Listening Project’s marketing initiatives and the Certified Listener Poet course.

Leigh Rubin is an accomplished author and cartoonist. He has written more than 20 books. 2022 marks the 38th anniversary of Leigh's internationally syndicated cartoon, Rubes®, which is now, distributed by Creators Syndicate to hundreds of newspapers and media outlets worldwide. His work has been featured in film, television, and advertising. Leigh also enjoys a busy schedule giving thought-provoking and entertaining presentations on art and creativity at conferences, as well as professional organizations all around the country. In 2018 Leigh began serving at Rochester Institute of Technology as the college's first Cartoonist-in Residence. Visit his website at


Al Rocheleau is past president of the Florida State Poets Association, and founder of The Twelve Chairs Advanced Poetry Course. He was the recipient of the Thomas Burnett Swann Award in 2004, and a nominee for the Forward Poetry Prize in the U.K. in 2018. He is the author of On Writing Poetry (2010), and Falling River: Collected Poems, 1976-2016 (2017).


Roseanna Gaye Ross: As Professor Emerita in the Communication Studies Department, St. Cloud State University, MN, I previously had the privilege of teaching the listening course.  For me, that course was not only about supporting students to be more skilled listeners, but also about giving them the opportunity to experience listening as a sacred art--typically experienced with another person, through focused presence. And then there are other encounters, like visiting Machu Picchu, which provide that unique listening experience.


Stephanie Salkin is an award-winning writer and photographer. She is published primarily in the children’s market, including, among others, a poem in a Lee Bennett Hopkins anthology and a story in Ladybug Magazine. Her photography appears in various private collections and most recently in a group exhibition at the Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach FL.


Eva Schaefer is a communication advisor, online event designer and coach at Ssstart. She loves to explore different aspects of listening in her listening partnership with Melina Ponak from Powerful Partnerships, a virtual network for women. Eva also assists Marva Shand-McIntosh with organization of I Love to Listen Day. Eva's biggest passion is working towards unconditional global access to highest quality communication training. Eva was born and raised in Ukraine. She is been living in Germany since 1997. Website:


Mark Andrew James Terry lives in Orlando Florida with his wife Jane and two grown children, George and Jillian. Currently, he serves as editor of the Florida State Poets Association publication, Of Poets & Poetry and is a partner in the firm TKO, an advertising agency focused on branding.  Mark has a passion for all things aesthetic including poetry, art, and music. He is a graduate of Rhodes College, and recently self-published a memoir in prose and poetry titled Magnolia’s Bloom. 


Becky Ventura grew up in Nebraska and now resides in Michigan, USA. She is a retired music teacher. In April 2019, she received the Dearborn Mayor’s Arts Educator Award with US Congressional Recognition. Becky’s published poetry chapbook is entitled Radiant Jukebox. Her poems have been published in the Poetry Society of Michigan’s anthologies. Becky’s mentor is Judyth Hill. Becky’s life has been ensconced in classical music. Its forms, phrases and expressions find their way into her poetry, to her delight.


Tanya R. Whitney, a retired Army Master Sergeant, served over 27 years with several deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. She began writing poetry a few years ago as part of her PTSD therapy. Her poetry primarily deals with her military service, but she has also written other pieces. She has had individual poems and short stories published in several anthologies. She is a 2018 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival Gold Medalist for Creative Writing.


Jennifer Young loves to write poetry, especially for self-healing. She listens to herself best when she writes poems. especially when it comes to exploring, finding, hearing and expressing her feelings. She was awarded as a top English student in her high school in Bronxville N.Y. She was an English Literature at Hamilton College in N.Y. She is now retired in Edmonds, Washington and lives a few blocks from Puget Sound with her husband, Mike.  She loves to dance, swim, and be in close communication with her friends. 

Little Bear (L. B.) was the Creative Director of The Beauty of Picture Books website and blog. While no longer adding content, he and his blog partner, Linda Eve Diamond, keep the website up to continue sharing the insightful content shared by blog contributors. Visit

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