Sacred Everyday



In this six week series, hosts Danusha Laméris and James Crews explore writing, creativity, and the sacred contained in the moments of our everyday lives with acclaimed guests such as Natalie Goldberg, Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, Kelli Russell Agodon, January Gill O'Neil, Dorianne Laux and Kim Rosen. 

Each of the six 2-hour sessions begins with a talk with that week’s featured poet, followed by a discussion with Danusha and James, who read poems, offer gateways into accessing your own creative treasure troves, and share accompanying prompts. They answer questions from participants, and give further insights into the practice of poetry.

Each session includes documents with the resources, poems and prompts that are discussed. 



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Guest Poets


January Gill O'Neil 


January Gill O'Neil is an associate professor at Salem State University, and the author of Rewilding (2018), Misery Islands (2014), and Underlife (2009), all published by CavanKerry Press. From 2012-2018, she served as the executive director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, and currently serves on the boards of AWP, Mass Poetry, and Montserrat College of Art. Her poems and articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day series, American Poetry ReviewGreen Mountains ReviewPoetryPloughshares, and WBUR’s Cognoscenti, among others. The recipient of fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Cave Canem, and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, O'Neil was the 2019-2020 John and Renée Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi, Oxford. She lives with her two kids in Beverly, MA. 

Dorianne Laux


Dorianne Laux’s sixth collection, Only As the Day is Long: New and Selected Poems was named a finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Her fifth collection,The Book of Men, was awarded The Paterson Prize. Her fourth book of poems, Facts About the Moon, won The Oregon Book Award and was short-listed for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. Laux is also the author of AwakeWhat We Carry, a finalist for the National Book Critic’s Circle Award; Smoke; as well as a fine small press edition, The Book of Women. She is the co-author of the celebrated text The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry.

Kim Rosen


Kim Rosen, M.F.A., author of Saved by a Poem: The Transformative Power of Words, has awakened listeners around the world to the power of poetry to heal individuals and communities. She is a poet, spoken word artist, ritualist, and guide of inner exploration. Co-creator of several audio recordings of spoken poetry and music, her upcoming Fall release, in collaboration with cellist Jami Sieber, is entitled Feast of Losses: Poetry and Music to Honor Aging, Death and Letting Go. In 2007, she spoke a poem to a group of Maasai girls in Kenya who had fled FGM and Early Childhood Marriage, and that moment became the seed of the Safe House Education (S.H.E.) Fund.

Kelli Russell Agodon

Kelli is the author of four collections of poetry. Her newest book is Dialogues with Rising Tides published by Copper Canyon Press. Kelli is the cofounder of Two Sylvias Press where she works as an editor and book cover designer. She teaches at Pacific Lutheran University’s low-res MFA program, the Rainier Writing Workshop. Kelli is currently part of a project between local land trusts and artists to help raise awareness for the preservation of land, ecosystems, and biodiversity called Writing the Land. She lives in a sleepy seaside town in the Pacific Northwest where she is an avid paddleboarder and hiker. /

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer


Southwest Colorado poet Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer has been writing and sharing a poem a day since 2006. Her poetry has appeared in O Magazine, on A Prairie Home Companion and PBS News Hour, in and Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry, on river rocks she leaves around town and in Carnegie Hall. She has written thirteen poetry collections, most recently Hush, winner of the Halcyon Prize for poems of human ecology, and Naked for Tea, a finalist for the Able Muse book award. Her poems are included in the acclaimed anthologies Poetry of Presence, How to Love the World and The Path to Kindness. She teaches and performs poetry for mindfulness retreats, women’s retreats, scientists, Camp Coca Cola, Deepak Chopra, hospice, The Embodiment Conference, and more. You can find her daily poems on her blog, A Hundred Falling Veils.

Natalie Goldberg

Natalie is the author of fourteen books, including Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within, which has sold over a million and a half copies and been translated into fourteen languages. She teaches people to fall in love with their life, and is an author, poet, teacher, for whom the writing and spiritual lives are interconnected. Her latest book is Let the Whole Thundering World Come Home. Goldberg has been teaching seminars in writing as a practice for the last thirty years. People from around the world attend her life-changing workshops. Her lively paintings can be viewed at the Ernesto Mayans gallery on Canyon Road in Santa Fe. She currently lives in northern New Mexico.

Your Hosts


Danusha Laméris

Danusha Laméris’ first book, The Moons of August (2014), was chosen by Naomi Shihab Nye as the winner of the Autumn House Press Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the Milt Kessler Book Award. Some of her work has been published in: The Best American Poetry, The New York Times, Orion, The American Poetry Review, The Gettysburg Review, Ploughshares, and Prairie Schooner. Her second book, Bonfire Opera, (University of Pittsburgh Press, Pitt Poetry Series), was a finalist for the 2021 Paterson Poetry Award and recipient of the Northern California Book Award in Poetry. She was the 2018-2020 Poet Laureate of Santa Cruz County, California, and is currently on the faculty of Pacific University’s low residency MFA program.

James Crews

James Crews is editor of the bestselling anthology, How to Love the World, featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, as well as in The Boston Globe, and The Washington Post. He is the author of four prize-winning collections of poetry: The Book of What Stays, Telling My Father, Bluebird, and Every Waking Moment, and his poems have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Ploughshares, and The Sun. Crews teaches in the Poetry of Resilience seminars, and lives with his husband in Shaftsbury, Vermont. To sign up for weekly poems and prompts, visit:

Sacred Everyday


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Additional Details

The purchase of this series will provide you with online access to six 2-hour sessions (12 hours total) that were pre-recorded during a live, virtual series held on Zoom in 2022. Each session can be viewed in video format or downloaded as an audio file (videos are not available to be downloaded). You will be provided with a login to access the recordings through the Poetry of Resilience website. Your purchase will provide you unlimited, lifetime access to this series. Purchases are non-refundable.

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