International anthologies of poetry, art, essays short stories and photos.
of Hope contains poetry and B&W photos.
Healing Book contains poetry, art, essays short stories and photos,
printed in full color.
Number of participants are around 187 for both books. Number of works
accepted: ca. 230 poems, short stories and essays. 30 artworks and photos.
If the works are originally written in the authors language then they
will be printed both in that language and English, side by side.
Countries taking part:
Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, England, France, Germany, Guatemala, Holland,
Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Macedonia,
Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines,
Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan,
Tibet, Turkey, Ukraine, UAE, USA & Wales.
Goals & hope
When the idea for creating these books was born, I really wanted to reach
to poets and artists, spiritual leaders, and voices of as much diversity
as possible to reach in a short period of time. I feel that goal has been
reached. The youngest participant is a 12 year old boy from Russia and
the oldest is 82. Two classes in digital media from the University of
the Philippines made artwork specially for the books. We have some amazing
people taking part in this, of all different ages and backgrounds. Established
voices and new voices. People from around the world have lent their views
and visions to create hope and healing and work for peace.
Many of the people taking part have been active in creating a dialogue
among nations through poetry for a long time. I feel that this project
has all the potential to reach to people and to help in the healing process
we need to go through as human beings. I find it important to focus on
hope and healing at times when the whole world is at the edge of a world
war. I find it important that people are willing to work towards those
goals and I honor and respect all the people that have taken part.
This is our
gift to the world and as I have said to everyone taking part - this is
not my project but ours - the people of the world. The main goal is to
open a dialogue between nations and to sell enough copies so we can give
some sustainable amount of money to UNICEF.
All in all we are creating a platform for openness and tolerance.