"The Pen and the Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World
is a needed reminder that to be fully alive and alert is a prerequisite to writing well. Brenda Miller and Holly J. Hughes are the perfect guides for helping us all slow down and see the world around us. What a wise, warm, wonderful book!"~ Dinty W. Moore,
author of The Mindful Writer
"This isn't a book--it's a beautiful, quiet path into the deep woods of contemplative practice through the medium of the written word. Yes, reading its chapters will delight you. Yes, listening to these two wise women talk quietly about their lives and their writing process is a sweet and effortless reading experience that will make you feel as if you are sitting across from them, a cup of tea in front of you, hearing the measure and lilt of their kindly, honest, voices. But the real crux of this book/path isn't their words--it's yours." -Norman Fischer
, author Taking Our Places
About the Author
Brenda Miller is the award-winning author of three essay collections: Listening Against the Stone, Blessing of the Animals,
and Season of the Body
. She co-authored Tell It Slant: Writing and Shaping Creative Nonfiction
. She is a professor of English at Western Washington University and serves as editor-in-chief of the Bellingham Review
. Visit her at brendamillerwriter.com.
Holly J. Hughes is the editor of the award-winning anthology, Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer's Disease (Kent State University Press, 2009) and the author of Boxing the Compass, (Floating Bridge Press, 2007). A graduate of Pacific Lutheran University's MFA program, she teaches writing in the Seattle area and summers working as a naturalist in Alaska.