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My life was shaped to a large extent by books, three in particular: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith; My Life, by Isadora Duncan; and Walden, by Henry David Thoreau. I read these books many times over, relishing in the authors' vision of the world. What did I learn? Don't be afraid to dream. Don't be afraid to be different from others and carve your own path. Don't be afraid to seek your truth and live it.

Books are the foundation of a life well lived. With books we can explore the far reaches of our world and the immense valleys and mountains of our minds and hearts. Our travels can be enchanting, exhausting, despairing, and joyous. We can cry and we can laugh. Authors, do you know the importance and potential of the words you put in print?

For me, publishing books is about sending words and ideas into the world to become that foundation. I look for manucripts that say something important, that offer a small piece of what we all need to make sense of our lives. And I believe that the design of a book should complement its content and help convey its message. That's why each book we publish is unique.

I am very proud of all the books in our catalog. Each one touched me in some way when I first read it. I invite you to read one and see for yourself.

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Christine Brooks Cote
Founder and Publisher


In this beautifully presented book, poet Naomi Beth Wakan joins founder of Shanti Arts and photographer Christine Brooks Cote to offer glimpses into their “now and here.” Wakan wrote tanka—a format of five-line poems originating in Japan—in response to photographs by Cote. Wakan chose this particular format because it starts with an objective description of the image— “Early morning / the dew still resting / where it settled”—and then pivots to the poet's subjective reaction—“would we could wake refreshed / to look at things in new ways”. Cote’s photographs are the perfect inspiration for a poet—“you’re looking at my life and what I love; you’re seeing bits and pieces of places I have been; and you’re catching glimpses of the best moments of my life.” The title, Now and Here, comes from Henry David Thoreau: " . . . all these times and places and occasions are now and here.”


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Sweet Wonder
Angeline Haen

Mischief & Metaphors
Eileen M. Cunniffe

Thousands of Years of Prayers
Julie Dunlop


Ethereal Flowers
Martin Willitts Jr.

Lawrence Gregory

Gauntlet in the Gulf
Claude Clayton Smith, editor


The Book of a Small Fisherman
J. R. Solonche

Terrible Terrain
Jean LeBlanc

Galapagos: Islas Encantadas
Michelle M. Tokarczyk


Absence ◆ Presence
Christien Gholson

The Morning Light,
The Lily White

Katherine Hauswirth

Waiting for a Name
Elizabeth Jaikaran


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