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Product Details

  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1448637279
  • ISBN-13: 978-1448637270
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,704,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dave Holt was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, of Irish, English, and Ojibway (Chippewa) Indian ancestry. He began as a lyricist and songwriter, a vocation that led to his move to California in 1970. He entered San Francisco State Creative Writing program and earned his B.A. in '93, and M.A. in '95. In 2005, he founded a Native Peoples Group for employees of American Indian heritage or affiliation working at Wells Fargo Bank. He lives in Northern California with his wife Chappell, close by to their daughter Kelsey. Email:

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After high school, Dave Holt began putting poems to music. He moved to California to become a songwriter and played with several music acts in the Bay Area; he wrote music for theater. Later, following the muse of story telling and poetry, he completed San Francisco State University's Creative Writing program (B.A. '93, and M.A. 1995). His poems are published in Tiger's Eye, Pedestal Magazine, Spillway Magazine, Bay Area Poets Seasonal Review, Crazy Child Scribbler, and other journals. He was a winner in the Thomas Merton Foundation's Poetry of the Sacred contest, and the 2011 Maggie Meyer Memorial Contest; he was featured in the 9th Annual Berkeley Poetry Festival in 2011. Though mainly of English/Irish ancestry, he is also descended from a great story telling family, the Debassiges of West Bay First Nation Ojibwe (O-jib-way), notable on Manitoulin Island, Ontario, for preserving the history of their Ojibwe leaders, elders, and warriors for over 300 years. His book, Voyages to Ancestral Islands, tells the story.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lyndi on December 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
Dave Holt explores interior spaces through the natural world. His Canadian boyhood and Ojibway ancestors provide a rich base for self discovery. The very accessible poem, "Hello, Little Seed" offers a father at play with his sleepyhead daughter -- you can almost smell the toast to follow! Other pieces explore a depth of spirit as the author's psyche interacts with the natural world of his ancestors. Some very fine writing from an accomplished lyricist and musician, Dave Holt.
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