Diane Smith Announces New Poetry Anthology

Diane Smith, a poet who received an Honourable Mention in our 2006 Storyteller's Contest, has edited a new poetry Anthology which will be out this spring.


A facsimile of the cover:



In the Silence of this Room

International authors share their thoughts
in poetry and prose, linked by
global issues that haunt us all.

Edited by Diane Smith





Diane tells me the volume will address current global issues and peace, through the voices of every major faith including Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Christian, Buddhist and Hmong. 

All the best, Diane! When the book is set to hit the shelves, we'll post an Amazon link here.


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Thank you for sharing our April release, In the Silence of this Room. We have charming as well as piercing stories and poems. One of our poets was given the highest literary honor for poetry in Israel: Raquel Chalfi. Professor Hashmi has published eleven books and teaches literature in Islamabad, Pakistan.  Sita has been honored with the Washington Post.  Linda McKenna Donovan's writing has also placed with the SIWC in "Story Telling."  Our photographers have won multiple awards for their work.  I love all our writers and photographers and they gave their hearts and souls as well as their beautiful words. I'm hoping one of our writers will attend the SIWC conference and meet so many I have come to care about by virtue of the Internet.  

 Diane Smith, Editor

In the Silence of this Room

 PS, We will have a few color plates which include photographs of Tibet. 


This is great news and I look forward to the release date. A lot of hard work has gone into this.  Diane, Frank, David, Townsend, Sue and everyone involved have put a lot of effort, time, sweat and dare I say tears into this.

Being in this collection is a true honor for me. Karen, thanks for posting and spreading the word. AJ Brown

Hi, I wanted to list our writers.  The work is not religious per se.  We have writers from all backgrounds including agnositic.  The anthology focuses on global issues through flash, micros, poetry and sotries.   All have diverse backgrounds and share their thoughts and hopes.  I can't wait for the book to come out. It was kind of you to post and we'll let you know more as we get closer to the release date.

Writers: Sita Bhaskar, Alex Braverman, A. Jefferson Brown, Raquel Chalfi, Poet Chalfi, [Translator: Tsipi Keller], L. McKenna Donovan, Marie Lynam Fitzpatrick, Marko Fong, Cleveland W. Gibson, Hannatu Green, Jeff Haas, Sue Haigh, Robert Hampton, Alamgir Hashmi, Kyle Hemmings, Frank J. Hutton: Assistant Editor, Shanna Karella, Katherine Elizabeth Kennedy, Tiffany Larsen, Kulvinder Singh Matharu, Elsie (Stanwood) O’Day, James S. Oppenheim, Ajay Prasannan, Ivan Gabriel Rehorek, Bill Frank Robinson, Diane Smith, Editor, Townsend Walker, Ann Walters, Mike Woof, Neng Xiong, Ken Zimmerman, Andrij Zip


 I am sorry to bring sad news of Elsie's passing of heart failure. If you wish to attend her funeral, it will be Monday, June 22nd. Her son is Lane Stanwood, and he has said if anyone wishes to attend, he'd be glad to have you call and get directions. She lived in Cherryfield, Maine. He's at nijal1@hotmail.com; phone: 207-598-7245.

She has an office on Trutopia.org for those who wish to read some of her wonderful poetry. I will miss her profoundly.


Hi, For anyone interested there is a WGA critique group that meets the first and third Thursday of every month at the Signal Hill Indigo in Calgary. All are welcome and you don't have to be a member of the Guild to join. Just come with some pages and we'll get you started.

Hi Kenneth,


If you visit Grey Sparrow Journal, you will find poetry by Robert Bly and many others.  Please feel free to submit work as well. 


Best Regards,


Diane Smith

Grey Sparrow Press