by Diana Raab
Fire to Mudslides and Apocalyptic Feelings
by Diana Raab
This Spring our Four Winds Journal is focusing on the challenge of sustainability.
Before First Contact—the arrival of Europeans on these once pristine shores—the original human inhabitants of the Americas were careful guardians of the land, waters, and nonhuman others with whom they shared this continent—not through a sense of guilt or the threat of reprisal from some higher power—but because they recognized the extent of human dependence on right relationship with all other life forms. As the First People supported life, life supported them.
Patriarchal traditions, on the other hand, have taught that Man has dominion over all other creatures, and his relationship with the elements of earth, air, and water is, if not outright blasphemous, far too ephemeral to exist. Therefore, ever since First Contact, the symbiotic relationship between humans and our environment has suffered. Now more than ever before—in the widespread, shocking treatment of the environment, vulnerable humans, and nonhuman others—we see the devastating results of such androcentric, hierarchical thinking.
This issue of Four Winds Journal explores some of sustainability’s many facets. We move beyond simplistic definitions and limited attempts at solutions to understand just what this word truly means, and in how many ways we can begin to restore right relationship with our planet.
We are currently accepting Submissions for articles, poetry, and art work in which you share your personal experience of sustainability. Understanding that what we call “sustainability” is actually a state of dynamic balance—with branches that spread much further and roots that go much deeper than you may have previously considered—we invite you to share how your relationship to Spirit, to your own mind and body, to your community, and to the planet itself contributes to a sustainable future.
The Spring issue of the Journal will be released in mid-April. Deadline for Submissions is February 28. Please send your Submissions to
firstname.lastname@example.org, Attention: Editors.
For a sustainable future,
Katrina Rahn, MLIS
Valentine McKay-Riddell, PhD
Slated for publication in September 2017, Diana Raab's Writing for Bliss: A Seven-Step Program for Telling Your Story and Transforming Your Life can be preordered on Amazon in May.
As one who rebelled against Chaucer and Shakespeare and preferred being on the edge, I realized that poetry was a creative way to tap into the voice of my soul. That’s why my poems are narrative poems or poetry that tell stories — often stories of my life growing up. Poetry helped me gain insights and it was a place where my imagination could roam free.
In my forthcoming book, Writing for Bliss: A Seven-Step Program for Telling Your Story and Transforming Your Life, I write about what it was like growing up as a baby boomer and how writing poetry encourages a certain interconnectedness between us.
For complete essay, read Diana's new blog on Boomer's Cafe: How Poetry Has Affected One Boomer's Life
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Orenda Healing International is announcing its inaugural issue of Four Winds Journal.
Access it through the Orenda website, and share the news with others.
We are thrilled to report that Orenda Healing International is launching the inaugural issue of our Four Winds Journal this week! We hope you'll enjoy reading the Journal as much as we've enjoyed interweaving the contributions of the wonderful authors, poets, and artists whose work you'll find inside.
We’re including a link to the Journal, which we've posted today on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, OHI’s email list, and OHI’s website.
Please share this link widely on your own social network sites, email lists, etc. The more people we can reach with its encouraging and empowering message, the sooner Four Winds Journal can fulfill its mission—to support local and global positive change.
Valentine, Katrina, Michelle, and Irene
The Four Winds Journal Editorial Team
Orenda Healing International
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
The original focus of Orenda Healing International (OHI), a 501.c.3 nonprofit organization based in Santa Fe, NM, since 1992, was the design and sponsorship of arts-based community service programs in New Mexico, Northern California, and Oregon.
Our recently expanded mission allows us to serve as an information hub and online community forum for alternative healing practitioners, educators, and clients. We are thrilled to be able to do this and would like to invite you to join us in the upcoming launch of our online publication, Four Winds Journal.
If you have a short scholarly paper, short story, poem, or visual art work you would like to share, we are currently accepting submissions for the Fall issue, with the theme of “Winds of Change.” Please visit our website for additional information about Four Winds Journal and detailed guidelines on how to submit your work.
Our gift to you as a contributing author or artist is one year’s free listing in our new online Alternative Healing Practitioners and Educators Directory! Practitioners and educators who are not yet ready to publish may also be listed in the Directory – the first 6 months are free and continued listing is only $20 US a year after that, with a substantial discount for 2- or 3-year listings.
The deadline for submissions of Articles and Art Work is July 30, 2016. Our scheduled launch date is September 15, 2016.
Valentine McKay-Riddell, PhD, MACP
Founding & Executive Director
Orenda Healing International
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
from A Room of Her Own (AROHO)
If you’re a woman writer or artist, you’re invited to submit. There are no restrictions as to subject matter and form (other than the necessary word/line limits). We are open to all kinds of work. Along with your creative work in any genre, including artwork, we welcome additional submissions from women who attended the 2015 Retreat Waves Discussion Series, and we’d like to suggest that anyone who has applied for the Gift of Freedom consider submitting some portion of her application. Submit thoughtfully, and check our website for more inspiration as the wave grows.
We are hoping for a mix of established and new voices for this anthology, featuring Maxine Hong Kingston. Hear more about Diane Gilliam's vision as editor here. You may submit unpublished or previously published work. If you are submitting we would be glad for you to invite women writers who have been your teachers and mentors to submit. And in order to find those new voices, we’d also be glad for you to invite your students and women you are mentoring to submit.
As far as length is concerned, we’re looking for:
poems of up to 36 lines
in all other genres, pieces up to 500 words long
(and we’d like to keep open the option to sometimes excerpt from submissions, with the author’s permission of course).
TO SUBMIT, CLICK HERE AND SCROLL DOWN TO THE ORIGINAL POST ON THE AROHO's WEBSITE, WHERE YOU'LL FIND THE SUBMISSION BUTTON.
Full link: aroomofherownfoundation.submittable.com/submit
Thanks to Diana Raab for sharing this Call.
For her work, see http://dianaraab.com
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