Loving Healing Press Announces Nominees for 2019 Pushcart Prize

The Loving Healing Press (LHP) of Ann Arbor, MI, has announced its nominations for the 43rd Annual Pushcart Prize.

The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses series, published every year since 1976, is the most honored literary project in America. Hundreds of presses and thousands of writers of short stories, poetry, and essays have been represented in the pages of our annual collections. This is the eighth consecutive year that LH Press was invited by the Pushcart Prize to make nominations.

This year, the press hasn’t published its journal Recovering the Self, which includes writings by many different authors in each issue. But LHP continued to publish inspiring and insightful literary and academic work by both new and regular authors at the press. Past nominees of the Pushcart Prize from Loving Healing Press include Don Bode, Larry Buege, Chris Stark, Nick Purdon, Tyler R. Tichelaar, Sweta Vikram, and Barbara Sinor.

The LHP nominees for the 2019 Pushcart Prize are:

  • Leslie Askwith for the personal essay “A Geology Geek Finds God” (U.P. Reader, Vol. II)
  • Katie McEachern for the short story “The Attack” (U.P. Reader, Vol. II)
  • Sweta Srivastava Vikram for the book Louisiana Catch
  • Holli Kenley for the book Daughters Betrayed by Their Mothers
  • Niall “Jock” McLaren for the book Anxiety – The Inside Story: How Biological Psychiatry Got it Wrong
  • Sister Mary Elizabeth Lloyd for the book AIDS Orphans Rising: What You Should Know and What You Can Do to Help Them Succeed, 2nd Ed.
Leslie Askwith, Katie McEachern, Sweta Vikram, Holli Kenley, Jock McLaren, Sr. M.E. Lloyd

“We’re very excited to put forward these nominees to one of the oldest and most prestigious awards for small presses. The Pushcart Prize is a unique opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of short-form writing, such as poems and personal essays. Many writers consider a nomination to be almost as great as being selected for the Pushcart annual edition,” says Victor R. Volkman, Publisher at the Loving Healing Press and Senior Editor of Modern History Press.

He tells that his criteria for the Pushcart Prize focus on the engaging potential of the content, involvement with subject matter, and spontaneity of literary expression.

“I try to have a balance between fiction and non-fiction and journal articles vs. full-length books to represent the spectrum of what we do at both LHP and its imprints Modern History Press and Future Psychiatry Press.”

Not all nominations, however, are equally easy or difficult to evaluate. This is true for the LHP nominations too.

“The U.P. Reader Vol. II was the hardest to choose just two stories from because every story in it is memorable and selected by a jury of editors,” says Victor Volkman. “I am extremely proud of Katie McEachern, a high school sophomore who took on a vivid fictional portrayal of PTSD in its teenage girl protagonist following a sexual assault.”

Laurie Zelinger on CNN

LHP author Laurie Zelinger was featured on CNN today in an article Helping children process hate: A Jewish perspective

Connect it to childhood feelings

We all, old and young, have an instinct to trace hate back to its source. Where does it come from? And how does it take shape?
Children (and their parents) might get some insight into how hate develops by studying the behavior of their younger siblings, cousins or friends. Wariness of all people and things unfamiliar begins to unfold in the early years of life, explained Fred Zelinger, a New York-based psychologist who previously worked in schools.
How to talk to kids about tragic events

“We are wired to be uncomfortable with things that are different,” he said. “Most kids outgrow it past age 3, but some environments can make it flourish.”
If a child is never exposed to other cultures or is told that these other cultures are bad, then that perfectly natural “stranger danger” can morph into something more menacing and permanent. This is particularly the case with people who have fragile self-esteems and seek to improve their standing by putting down or eliminating those who they see as a threat.
A good way to show children how all this works is by deliberately modeling the complete opposite, explained Laurie Zelinger, child psychologist and author of “Please Explain Terrorism to Me: A Story for Children.” Speak kindly about other groups of people; eat in their restaurants; play alongside them at playgrounds; learn about and, when possible, celebrate their holidays; invite them over your house. This is especially important during moments of communal fear, when calls for diversity in speech are not often met by diversity in action.
“When people feel scared, they have an instinct to insulate their children and keep them away from anything they are nervous about,” she said.

Julie’s Bookshelf

Growing Couple Intimacy
William E. Krill, Jr.
Loving Healing Press
9781615993871, $18.95, HC, 74pp,

In the pages of “Growing Couple Intimacy: Improving Love, Sex, and Relationships”, Bill Krill provides a specific focus on the subject of couple intimacy in terms of: Expand our understanding of the power of intimacy in couples; Learning new and stimulating ways to interact with our partner to enhance bonding; Exploring the possibilities of pushing the limits of six kinds of intimacy; Advancing our relationship with exercises that can be done together or solo; Relating at a deeper level than previously thought possible; Recharging our passion for our relationship and our partner.

Critique: Practical, insightful, informative, and inspiring, “Growing Couple Intimacy: Improving Love, Sex, and Relationships” is impressively ‘user friendly’ in organization and presentation. While very highly recommended for both community and academic library Human Sexuality instructional reference collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that “Growing Couple Intimacy” is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $4.95).

Julie Summers

New Edition of ‘AIDS Orphans Rising’ Released by Loving Healing Press

By Ernest Dempsey, August 14, 2018

Loving Healing Press has announced the publication of the second edition of AIDS Orphans Rising by Sister Mary Elizabeth Lloyd.

Like the first edition, published in 2008, the second AIDS Orphans Rising book also includes educational material on the topic of AIDS orphans-children who lost their parents to the AIDS epidemic in Africa and now are on their own, facing the question of survival. The book also offers solutions to this crisis and appeals to people’s kindness for playing their part in the cause of helping the AIDS orphans meet their basic living needs.

The author, Sister Mary Elizabeth Lloyd, is part of the Religious Teachers Filippini organization that helps children suffering from poverty and provides them with basic living resources like food, education, and health. So how have things changed for AIDS orphans in Africa since her first AIDS Orphans Rising book was published 10 years ago?

Sister Mary Elizabeth Lloyd on AIDS Orphans Crisis

We are now seeing the next generation of AIDS orphans. Naïvely, I guess I thought that these children, having grown up suffering from this awfulness, would not fall into it themselves. Yet thousands of these orphans who are now adult parents are dying and leaving behind their own orphan children. Despite increased government spending, and an increase in education and charitable groups that help the orphans, there is still a Child-Headed Household formed every 15 seconds. That means that children, usually very young and by the thousands, are being left alone to fend for themselves.

My hope is that those reading the book, or even rereading the book, may come to understand not just what these children are up against, but how these children can succeed; and, how you, the normal everyday person, can make a difference in their lives.

Publisher Victor Volkman on the New Edition of the Book

The updates to AIDS Orphans Rising provide more detail about the lives of individual orphans, their challenges, and their ability to rise above them. Many orphans have become self-made entrepreneurs, whether sewing covers for cellphones, farming chickens for meat and eggs, preparing and catering food, and so on. Additionally, we highlight innovative ways that ordinary people can make a difference in the lives of the orphans, such as a group of women in Charleston, South Carolina, who loved to sew, but didn’t know how to help the orphans. Since they organized, thousands of their dresses have been sent to orphans in Ethiopia, Eritrea, India Brazil, Honduras, Guatemala, Haiti, Puerto Rico and Houston! Did I mention all of these women are 75 years old and up?

More about the book and the work for AIDS orphans is online at www.aidsorphansrising.org/

For an interview opportunity with Sister Mary Elizabeth Lloyd, a complimentary review copy of AIDS Orphans Rising, or any other media requests, please contact Victor R. Volkman, publisher at Loving Healing Press Inc.

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New Book Offers Inspirational Journey through Post-Accident Pain and Recovery

By Ernest Dempsey, September 20, 2018

Loving Healing Press has announced the publication of Inspirational Musings by Barbara Sinor, PhD

Inspirational Musings: Insights through Healing is a new title by Barbara Sinor, PhD, sharing her inner journey through personal thoughts and emotions during her recovery in a rehabilitation facility.

Published by the Loving Healing Press, Dr. Sinor’s new book started as a written expression of inner thoughts and feelings experienced during her one-month long recovery in a rehab from a fractured hip in winter of 2018. But as this became a writing journey and filled pages with soul-searching lines, she knew it was going to be a book on recovery and self-awareness.

“My musings and insights arrived daily to help me adjust to my new environment and kept me from forming negative thoughts of depression or giving up that can take over when one is confined,” the author writes in the introduction to the book.

It took Dr. Sinor six months after her hip surgery to recover fully from the physical and emotional trauma and a fall confining her to a rehab facility ended up bringing a rise in personal empowerment and self-discovery. As she puts it in her book, complete stillness can bring an inner awareness to cleanse the mirror of doubt.

“This book is for all those souls going through any type of healing from an injury or surgery, addiction recovery, or an event or emotional trauma to gain self-knowledge, insight, and strength on their own personal journey through life,” says Barbara Sinor.

Read more about Barbara Sinor, PhD and her work at her website www.DrSinor.com.

Inspirational Musings is immediately available in paperback, hardcover, eBook, and audiobook formats at Amazon, Audible, and other online content retailers.


Writing a Creative Eulogy for Your Beloved

Writing a eulogy may not be as difficult as you think. Here are some tips.

By Diana Raab

Diana Raab
Diana Raab

Over the past few years, I’ve written more eulogies and given more tributes than I have in my entire lifetime. When sharing a eulogy I’ve written and hearing those of others at memorials, I cannot help but think how our loved ones would have enjoyed hearing how they impacted us. Sometimes we have no idea how much we are loved. Attending memorials reminds me of the importance of expressing gratitude more often to those who are meaningful to us. These gatherings also help us heal, as the attendees share emotional, spiritual, and practical sentiments and advice.

There are two writing prompts that I frequently offer in my writing workshops, which the participants seem to enjoy. The first is to write one’s own eulogy, and the second is to write a letter to a loved one who has passed away. These are wonderful ways to honor those who have influenced us during our lives.   Read the rest of the blog post….

Loving Healing Press Making Book Donation to Resource Library in Madagascar

To help improve the quality of life via therapeutic services in Madagascar, the Loving Healing Press is donating copies of its title Handwriting For Heroes – a task-oriented workbook to help people learn to write with their non-dominant hand.- Loving Healing Press Making Book Donation to Resource Library in Madagascar

The non-profit Growing the Nations Therapy Programmes (GNTP) is currently focusing on helping vulnerable, poverty-stricken people in Madagascar, one of the poorest countries in the world, by providing them therapeutic services. Establishing a resource library for occupational therapists to work with the affected people in the area is a key requirement for this purpose.   Read the rest of the story….

How Meditation Can Help a Writer

By Sweta Srivastava Vikram

Sweta Srivastava Vikram

At the 2014 Academy Awards, Robert De Niro’s intro of the best screenplay nominees caught the attention of many. “The mind of a writer can be a truly terrifying thing”, he said, before continuing, “Isolated, neurotic, caffeine-addled, crippled by procrastination and consumed by feelings of panic, self-loathing and soul-crushing inadequacy. And that’s on a good day.” His comment was cruelly funny and spot-on.

Read the whole story by Sweta on Brevity

Michigan Press Donating Books to 7-Year-Old’s Literacy Group

By Ernest Dempsey

The Loving Healing Press of Ann Arbor, MI, is proud to announce participation in the children’s literacy group Rhymers are Readers via book donation.
Scenes from “I’m Mixed”

The 13-member children’s choir group Rhymers are Readers meets at the Woodlawn-Faith Methodist Church in Alexandria, VA, and promotes book reading with ethnic-conscious stories and material. The group comprises black/African-American children, led by 7-year-old Havana, who has raised over $6000 thus far for her cause of educating black children of poor families in the community through book reading.

The books selected for reading by the group and donated to community are those portraying positive, strong black characters and narratives that improve self-esteem of ethnic African-American children.

To help Havana with her cause, the Loving Healing Press is donating 25 copies of its new book I’m Mixed! by author Maggy Williams and illustrator Elizabeth Agresta to Rhymers are Readers. The book tells the story of a young biracial girl accepting her mixed heritage, and conveying a lesson in acceptance, inclusion, and self-awareness.

“The book is about a biracial girl who celebrates both her African American and Caucasian heritage. Its message embraces all races and is meant to be unifying and inclusive,” says author Maggy Williams.

Although the Loving Healing Press has had minority protagonists prominently in children’s books, such as Reena’s Bollywood Dream by the late Jewel Kats, and Rani in Search of a Rainbow by Shaila Abdullah, this is the first children’s book by this press that takes the question of race and identity head on.

Publisher Victor Volkman at the press tells it was through helping author Sherry Quan Lee recently produce How Dare We! Write: A Multicultural Creatve Writing Discourse that opened his eyes to this discussion.

“It is my greatest hope that this book can open the door to a frank and open conversation with young people of all ethnicities,” says Volkman.