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James Crews

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Latest 3 Dec 2022 | Updated Daily

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The Path to Kindness with James Crews

The Mindful Minute

For quite awhile now, I have wanted to bring a conversation about poetry to The Mindful Minute. Over the years, I’ve found more and more a connection between reading poetry and my meditation practice, and today, I get to finally explore this connection with poet James Crews!James Crews’ work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Sun Magazine, Ploughshares, and The New Republic, as well as on Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry newspaper column. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a PhD in Writing & Literature from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and is the author of four collections of award-winning poetry, including The Book of What Stays (Prairie Schooner Prize and Foreword Book of the Year Citation, 2011), Telling My Father (Cowles Prize, 2017), Bluebird, and Every Waking Moment. He is also the editor of several anthologies of poetry: Healing the Divide: Poems of Kindness and Connection; and How to Love the World: Poems of Gratitude and Hope. He leads Mindfulness & Writing retreats online and throughout the country, and works as a creative coach with groups and individuals. He lives with his husband, Brad Peacock, in Shaftsbury, Vermont.James and I explore the connection between poetry and meditation, the magic of the most mundane moments, poetry as a tool for connection, and a shared hatred of folding laundry! James also talks to us about journaling and how to get started if you feel stuck when it comes to writing. This conversation was a delight to record; I hope you enjoy listening to it as well!You can find James’ new book, The Path to Kindness, at your local, independent bookstore, and you can learn more about James at jamescrews.netBig thank you to today’s sponsor: Ungloo!Ungloo creates products to allow you to meditate comfortably anywhere you want to go. Check out the Ungloo Box, a portable meditation chair, at ungloo.com and be sure to use code Mindful10 to save 10% on your order!Join my FREE meditation community here: https://meditate-with-meryl.mn.co/If you enjoyed today’s episode, please consider making a one-time or monthly donation to support the growth of this labor of love. Your monthly donation will aid in keeping this show sponsor-free, employing additional small businesses AND funding the ongoing creative growth I invest in.Donate here: https://www.merylarnett.com/support-the-mindful-minuteLearn more about my:*Roots: nature-based meditation app*Live, virtual meditation classes with me*Upcoming eventsAll by visiting merylarnett.com.#meditatewithmeryl


26 May 2022

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Choosing Happiness, with James Crews

Uncorking a Story

I seriously thought I was the only person on the planet who remembered the show Small Wonder, but today’s guest proved me wrong! As part of getting to the story behind the story, I ask my guests a series of questions about what they were into as kids. One of my go-to questions is, “What were some of your favorite TV shows when you were younger?” James Crews surprised the hell out of me when he mentioned Small Wonder, and a friendship was born. MEET JAMES CREWS James Crews is the editor of the best-selling anthology, How to Love the World, which has been 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 been published in the New York Times, Ploughshares, The New Republic, and The Sun Magazine. His new collection, THE PATH TO KINDNESS, offers more than 100 poems of connection and joy from a diverse range of voices. How can poetry be a way of connecting with others and spreading kindness? What’s the importance and influence of poetry? What are reflective pauses and how can they help readers get more out of poems? Listen in to hear the answers to these questions and enjoy a poem read by James! GET IN TOUCH WITH JAMES Learn more about James at his website Follow James on Instagram @james.crews.poet Buy his latest collection on Amazon or Bookshop.org If you like this episode, please share it with a friend. If you have not done so already, please rate and review Uncorking a Story on Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts and follow us on Instagram @uncorkingastory. Visit us at https://uncorkingastory.com


20 May 2022

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Create your Path to Kindness | Interview with Poet James Crews #Ep53

Tapping Creativity

Must poetry be inaccessible? Can you be a full time poet? What is more exposing -publishing your own poetry or editing an anthology of other poets' works? I had so many questions for this week's guest, the poet and writing coach James Crews, and he was gracious enough to share his insight. Apart from talking about how he started out as a poet, and how to build a community as artists,  he also read from his upcoming collection 'Path to Kindness' . Written and Produced by Matthew C. TempleEdited by Tyen MusaOriginal Theme Music by Adrian Lee


17 May 2022

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The Path To Kindness; James Crews

Mindfulness Mode

James Crews is the author of THE PATH TO KINDNESS – a collection offering more than 100 poems of connection and joy from a diverse range of voices…including a poem by the current U.S. Poet Laureate – Joy Harjo. He has also authored 4 prize-winning collections of poetry and is the editor of the best-selling anthology, HOW TO LOVE THE WORLD – more than 90,000 copies in print and featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, in Boston Globe, and The Washington Post. Crews' work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Sun Magazine, Ploughshares, and The New Republic, as well as in former US poet laureate Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry newspaper column.Listen & Subscribe on:iTunes / Stitcher / Podbean / Overcast / SpotifyContact InfoWebsite: jamescrews.net Book: The Path to Kindness: Poems of Connection and Joy by James Crews and Danusha LamérisMost Influential PersonTed KooserEffect on EmotionsI'm able to name the emotions. However, I think it wasn't ever the case before. Likewise, anxiety and shame. It's so useful to be able to name what's coming up and to really distinguish. My marriage has helped with that, too.Thoughts on BreathingMost importantly, the kind of meditation I do tends to really focus on the breath. I usually, when I'm meditating, have a very busy mind. For instance, I count my breaths, you know, one in-breath, out-breath, one in-breath, out-breath two, and do that in sets of fours, when I'm especially caught in my mind and my thoughts.Suggested ResourcesBook: Poetry of Presence: An Anthology of Mindfulness Poems by Phyllis Cole-Dai Book: The Path to Kindness: Poems of Connection and Joy by James Crews and Danusha Laméris App: HeadspaceBullying StoryFirstly, I was never really the recipient of a lot of bullying. I think that was the result of real efforts that were not very healthy to kind of hide myself and be as invisible as possible, and to be quiet. I was already shy and introverted, but I think I made myself even quieter, and really tried to blend in, and not call attention to who I really was, or what I really loved doing. Therefore, I don't have a lot of stories about that as a kid. I will say one memory that came when you talked about bullying; it's not quite the same thing, but when I was in grad school in Nebraska, I was walking down the street, and just feeling really happy. I was really embodying who I was at that point, teaching poetry, writing poetry, not being afraid to dress a certain way. As I was walking down the street to the pharmacy, and these guys in a pickup truck that was passing by called out these terrible names, just like these anti-gay epithets and I sort of stopped for a minute, but then, didn't want to engage or anything like that. But when I got home, I realized how much that affected me. That is to say, I was more in tune with that, probably because I had been meditating and was really practicing mindfulness. But it really disturbed me. And not just that I had to experience it, but that other people, especially younger people, were probably experiencing that all over the country and the world at the very same moment.Related EpisodesThe Joy Of Intimacy and Mindfulness With Rabbi Manis Friedman Happiness, Joy, and Peace Discovered After a 10-Year Search By Scott Wilhite Evolve Toward Health, Joy, And Wholeness; Laurie Warren Special OfferAre you experiencing anxiety & stress? Peace is within your grasp. I’m Bruce Langford, a practicing coach and hypnotist helping fast-track people just like you to shed their inner bully and move forward with confidence. Book a Free Coaching Session to get you on the road to a more satisfying life, feeling grounded and focused. Send me an email at bruce@mindfulnessmode.com with ‘Coaching Session' in the subject line. We'll set up a zoom call and talk about how you can move forward to a better life.


25 Apr 2022

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Episode #188 James Crews on The Path to Kindness

Poetry Spoken Here

Vermont poet James Crews discusses and reads from the new collection he edited, "The Path to Kindness" a follow up to the 2021 anthology he curated, "How to Love the World." In his new book, Crews brings together poetry from dozens of well-known writers and from lesser known poets. The result is over 100 pieces, all of which speak to the human condition.Order your copy of "The Path to Kindness" here: https://www.workman.com/products/the-path-to-kindness/paperbackLearn more about James and all of his work on his website here: https://jamescrews.net/SUBMIT TO THE OPEN MIC OF THE AIR! www.poetryspokenhere.com/open-mic-of-the-airVisit our website: www.poetryspokenhere.comLike us on facebook: facebook.com/PoetrySpokenHereFollow us on twitter: twitter.com/poseyspokenhere (@poseyspokenhere)Send us an e-mail: poetryspokenhere@gmail.com


15 Apr 2022

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Quintessential Listening: Poetry Online Radio Presents James Crews

Quintessential Listening: Poetry Online Radio

James Crews is the author of 4 prize-winning collections of poetry. He is also the editor of the best-selling poetry anthology, HOW TO LOVE THE WORLD. His new collection, THE PATH TO KINDNESS offers more than 100 deeply felt and relatable poems by international and well-known writers including Joy Harjo (the current U.S.Poet Laureate), Julia Alvarez, Marie Howe, Ellen Bass, Naomi Shihab Nye, Alberto Ríos, Ross Gay, and Ada Limón, as well as new and emerging voices. Featured Black writers include January Gill O'Neil, Tracy K. Smith, and Cornelius Eady. Native American writers include Kimberly Blaeser and Linda Hogan.


15 Apr 2022

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Poet James Crews on "Soul Time"

Author, Can I Ask You?

James shares his thoughts on the power of poetry to restore hope, joy, and "lost" moments. http://jamescrews.net/ 


15 Jul 2021

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James Crews–Revisited

Queer Words Podcast

James Crews, poet, educator, anthology editor, and writing coach


30 Apr 2021

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READ TO ME talks to...James Crews

READ TO ME with Becky Karush

Two introverts walk into a bar…well, to bring this up to date in the pandemic world - two introverts connect on zoom and talk of hope, connecting with nature, and being present! A familiar name also pops up (Katherine May), proving it is a small world! A world that needs love and James Crews shows us how!


19 Apr 2021

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READ TO ME from...How To Love The World by James Crews

READ TO ME with Becky Karush

What better way to celebrate National Poetry Month than to delve into an anthology of over 100 poems, on HOW TO LOVE THE WORLD, edited by poet James Crews! We love on the introduction, that reminds us poetry can be for everyone, everyday, and the wonderful poem WONDEROUS by Sarah Freligh, sets the scene for the poems to come.


15 Apr 2021