Tag: Lora Homan Zill

Welcoming Hope: Poems for those in need


One more book note in the spirit of National Poetry Month:

Welcoming Hope: Poems for those in need (2007, Elin Grace Publishing) is a poetry anthology we published with Time Of Singing: A Journal Of Christian Poetry.  There are poems by many poets.  Lora Homan Zill and I co-edited the book, and Charles A. Waugaman was the Art Editor and Illustrator.

This book is still in print and blessing other people.  It is the first book listed on the Time Of Singing books page, followed by the Christmas chapbook.  All proceeds benefit Time Of Singing.  I love the way blogs and print journals can support one another.

Over the years, I’ve been told that I have “the gift of encouragement.”  The goal of these books is to bring a few moments of beauty and hope to others.  All my work is collaboration, and it all takes time.  Even years.  Then years go by, and the work still feels new.  God’s grace.

Thank you, Ellen

Post updated on August 15, 2015

evergreen branches

one month ends
another begins
evergreen branches
frame the night sky

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This is a favorite poem from Quiet Christmas Poetry, and I am seeing the poem again.  Karl sent the book via email to a printer he knows.  Printing is a wonderful art, and now for the next phase of the project to also have the time the work needs.

after the stores
ornamental grasses
in snow

This haiku is also in my Christmas book.  I learned that it was selected by Ion Codrescu for a new book:  something out of nothing, Original Haiku of North American Poets, interpreted by Ion Codrescu (in press/2014, Red Moon Press; Winchester, VA).  Red Moon Press is owned by Jim Kacian.  I am grateful I could add this credit to my Christmas site and the chapbook.  Three of the poems appeared in print journals.  I also include the link to this site, so perhaps a few people will discover your work as well.  Lora Homan Zill is going to sell the book at Time Of Singing, which is published by Wind & Water Press (Conneaut Lake, PA)

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Some of you may remember the haiga Ion Codrescu sent to me, after my mother’s passing.  I framed his painting and Karl took the photo for this blog.

The post from 2010 is Ion Codrescu: Haiga Gift.  It is beautiful.

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Thanks for your encouragement.  The small Christmas book is my second chapbook.  The first was in 2001.  Time is a mystery, and I’ve learned to trust a little more.  Books can last a long time, and I am being sure to not create a deadline that does not need to be there now.  I had to be on time, all the time, as a teacher and caregiver.  Those were good years too, ones I cherish and still miss. Now though I enjoy a slower pace.  Blessings, Ellen

Time Of Singing ~ Summer 2012

The new Time Of Singing (Volume 39, Number 2), a beautiful print journal, arrived yesterday.  Lora Homan Zill is the editor.  I’m happy and honored that three of my poems are included.  Lora offered good suggestions.

country cemetery
trumpet vines
growing taller
than the gravestones

tree with full leaves
providing shade
comfort of faith

Clouds and moon
mostly by faith
moments by sight

Poems by Ellen Grace Olinger

Salvaging Hope by Charles A. Waugaman

Salvaging Hope

Like truth out of living
I salvage blueberries, one by one,
From the tangled mat of the meadow.
Small as they are,
The grasses fight for them,
Vetch maneuvers in camouflage,
And wild rose claws at my wrists.
Birds spy from the hedgerow
And sing indifferent melodies
Hoping to lure me away
From their succulent repast.
Why this surprising demand?
Blueberries are wealth:
They are something of sun
And something of soil;
They are sky and wildness;
Beauty and wine,
Winnowed from weedy worthlessness,
Blueberries glow in my palm
As welcome … as hope.

By Charles A. Waugaman

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Welcoming Hope: Poems for those in need
Lora Homan Zill and Ellen G. Olinger, Editors
Charles A. Waugaman, Art Editor, Illustrator

Elin Grace Publishing, 2007
Oostburg, Wisconsin
ISBN 978-0-9729848-4-3

This is a book with TIME OF SINGING (TOS).  Please see their Books Page for ordering information, or simply more info in general.  All proceeds benefit TOS.

This lovely poem by Charles was published first in 1974:  Jean’s Journal Anthology, These Are My Jewels.  

Post updated on August 15, 2015