I had such a great time at the Barnes & Noble Poetry series on Wednesday. Big shout-out to the illustrious Sage Cohen and everyone who attended. Below is a clip from the reading of my favorite poem – 4pm Wednesday. You only get a snippet of it (the camera died), but it’s a good taste of my work. Happy Writing! xoHeather 🙂
So weird, I was just at Starbucks (shh…) yesterday and had some of this cake. It is FANTASTIC. And they have to have a gluten-free option or we won’t be able to go there anymore. Truth be told, I stopped going there regularly long ago because of no GF options. Sign this petition today!
A big shout out to Triumph Dining for making this happen.
It’s good to know someone has our backs.
Hope you can make my upcoming reading of Anatomy of the Heart: Love Poems at the Barnes & Noble, Lloyd Center. Below are the details:
1317 Lloyd Center // Gift section
Presenting Tiel Aisha Ansari, M and Heather Strang
Tiel Aisha Ansari is a Sufi, martial artist, and computer programmer living in the Pacific Northwest. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in several print and online venues including Islamica Magazine, Mezzo Cammin, The Lyric, Raintown Review, and the VoiceCatcher anthology from Portland Women Writers. Her poetry has been featured on Prairie Home Companion and MiPoRadio. She is the author of the poetry collection Knocking from Inside, published by Ecstatic Exchange. You can visit her online at knockingfrominside.blogspot.
M has served as an Associate Poetry Editor for the online magazine Stirring: A Literary Collection for the past one hundred years or so. More than a few editors have found her poems intriguing, and included them in their journals. She received her B.A. in Literature so long ago, she’s pretty certain her diploma has crumbled to dust. In addition to her work for Stirring, she is an Administrator of an online poetry critique website called Wild Poetry Forum, and serves as Co-Chairperson of the Portland Unit of the Oregon State Poetry Association (OSPA). She is currently working on a poetry manuscript that focuses on the twentieth-century Italian immigrant experience.
Heather Strang is the author of the book Anatomy of the Heart: Love Poems and is a professional writer for a host of print and online publications. Her poetry has also appeared in Four and Twenty. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her meditating, creating new recipes and exploring the possibilities of the Universe. Learn more at: www.HeatherStrang.com.
Look forward to seeing you there!
Wheat/Dairy-Free Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole
9 x 13 glass baking pan
9 corn tortillas (small)
1 15 0z. can enchilada sauce
1 15 oz. can black beans
1 15 oz. can vegetarian refried beans
1 avocado, chopped
1 c salsa
2 c almond cheese or non-dairy cheese of your choice, grated
1 c cherry tomatoes, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
Lightly heat both sides of tortillas – either via microwave or on stovetop. Heat enchilada sauce, black beans and refried beans on low heat in seperate pans. Dip tortillas in enchilada sauce, both sides. Lay in glass pan. Top with beans, and a handful of avocado, salsa, cheese, tomatoes and onion. Layer with tortillas, followed by beans and veggies and another layer of tortillas. Pour remaining sauce over top of casserole. Top with grated cheese. Add green onions on top for aesthetics. Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
Check it out and enjoy!
A word of note: Andean Dream cookies aren’t my fave – they are a bit bland – but with the soy ice cream – they are perfect. Another option: crumble 2 cookies over a scoop of yummy soy ice cream.
Wheat/Dairy-Free Ice Cream Sandwich
-2 Andean Dream Quinoa chocolate chip cookies
-1 small scoop of Turtle Mountain Organic Soy Delicious Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream
Scoop ice cream onto one cookie. Place another cookie on top. Immediately devour. You will be glad you did. 🙂
I went to Kauai to write a book (among other things) and returned with a book that I could not be more proud of. It is raw, 100% authentic and really allowed me to be completely vulnerable.
Below is the official press release. I hope you’ll not only read it and love it, but also share with your friends and family.
From here on out I plan to dedicate my blog to my poetry. Who knew I would have to cross an ocean to find my truest heart’s desire – writing poetry. I’ve been writing since I was 12, but never in a million years would have imagined it would be such inspiring, passionate work for me. Why? I always imagined work had to be “hard”. Turns out, it doesn’t.
Happy Reading (and writing),
DEBUT INDEPENDENT BOOK RELEASE: ANATOMY OF THE HEART: LOVE POEMS BY HEATHER STRANG
For Immediate Release
After 13 years of writing poetry detailing the beauty of love, the depths of lost love and the heartache of desiring a former lover, writer and poet Heather Strang is now sharing her experiences in her debut poetry book, Anatomy of the Heart: Love Poems.
Anatomy of the Heart features more than 50 original poems for lovers of both words and relationships. Walk with her through the beginning stages of love, sink into the depths of the experience, reminisce over lost love and join in the heartache of wanting a former lover back. Readers will also uncover the surprising similarities between the physical heart and the emotional one. Strang showcases how the two work together like mirrors, illustrating all we need to know about love and ourselves.
“Ultimately, true love is a process occurring within each one of us. I hope readers will find comfort and inspiration in these shared experiences. To experience love in any form is a beautiful thing. As Rumi says, love is within us – long before a lover enters our lives,” said Strang.
Heather Strang is a writer, poet and coach passionate about conscious living. Her writing has appeared in blogs, books and a host of print and online publications, including 20-Something Manifesto, Four and Twenty, Women’s eNews, The Oregonian, Amaze Magazine, NW Women’s Journal and many others. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her meditating on the beach, creating new recipes and exploring the possibilities of the Universe. To learn more, visit: www.HeatherStrang.com.
A poetry sample from Anatomy of the Heart:
I breathe into you
My inhale sweet
With the scent of your kisses.
You on one knee
A blade of grass poised gingerly
for my ring finger.
Love and marriage and all
our hopes and dreams
In one breath.
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16 Jun / Read My Poetry on Four and Twenty
I’m so pleased to announce that two of my poems are featured in the June 2009, Volume 2 issue of Four and Twenty.
This is an amazing literary publication and so much fun to read.
Hope you’ll enjoy it!
P.S. And yes, I’m back in Oregon – on the coast – to promote my poetry book. Stay tuned for more info!
Try this delicious and easy recipe.
3 small eggplants, sliced and quartered
1 15 oz. can of black beans (or 2 c organic black beans, soaked and cooked)
1 small onion, chopped
1 t Himalayan sea salt
2 T olive oil
1 15 oz. package of firm tofu, chopped
1 T Chinese five-spice seasoning
1 T wheat-free soy sauce
Saute eggplant, black beans, onions and salt in olive oil until golden brown. In a separate pan, fry tofu until crispy brown with Chinese five-spice and soy sauce. Combine the two and enjoy!
27 May / Tapping Into Your Intuition
I thought I would share it.
When trying to make a decision by following your intuition, ask yourself the question at hand and pay attention to the feelings that come up. You’re likely to feel either an opening or a closing in your heart chakra area.
If you think of one option and feel a tightening (which is how I experience it), then it may not be the right choice. If, when you think of another potential choice, and feel an expansion or opening – typically with a bit of excitement/relief/joy – you know you’re on the right track.
The trick is – taking the time to stop, get quiet and observe this within yourself. Doing so will allow you to observe either the expansion or contraction within you.
25 May / Update: Life and Homelessness
Of course, I’m not truly homeless, but that’s certainly the feeling I’ve had of late. Check out Karen Bishop’s latest update to get more in-depth information on this, especially if you’re also feeling this way.
It’s a new moon today (pacific time, that means yesterday as I write this) – which often means new energy and bringing new, great stuff in. In fact, the angel card I pulled this morning was “New Opportunity” – so all signs definitely point in that direction.
But, back to the homelessness, or at least the feeling of such. Kauai is beautiful and in just 4 short months I accomplished what I came here to do. I have a solid feeling that this isn’t my spot, but no place else feels right either. I love the Oregon Coast (I’ve had a “condo on the Oregon Coast” on my intention list for about 7 years now!) and moving there would certainly put me close to my family (my sister is having a baby!) and within close proximity to my small, yet powerful group of soul friends. However, it doesn’t feel right to step into that just yet either.
So, here I wait. For a sign. For a nudge, for the knowing. Karen Bishop says it’s coming, my intuition says it is as well, but my mind and ego are in a hurry. They would really like me to make a decision NOW. They want to know what my plan is and where I am going.
The trouble is, I simply don’t know. And my ego/mind HATES not knowing! But, during my meditation today I surfaced with the resolve that I will not make a move of any kind until I do know. This is, of course, totally counter to how I had been living my life – following my head and going at a break-neck pace. I love the slower pace of my life, the warmth, the ocean and my tan. 🙂 But Kauai is odd and simply a place of growth for me. I’ve started a deep healing journey here and finished my first poetry book (out this summer – turning final edits into my publisher this week!). In addition, I’m writing more poetry than ever before – it flows out of me effortlessly. I feel more connected and centered than I have – ever – in my entire life.
At the same time, I feel a shift coming soon. My dreams are vivid and often leave me clues. During a recent healing session, I received guidance to bring greater transparency to a couple of my relationships – the next night I had a detailed dream as to how that transparency should come about. I’m journaling, meditating, walking, stretching, processing, asking, crying, getting angry and then writing some more and doing the whole process over again. I’m cleaning things up, shining light on areas within myself I had avoided or simply hadn’t the time for. It is a fascinating process, and when I look at it like this – from a detached, objective point of view – it seems rather beautiful. At times, I’m deeply connected to this beauty, other times I’m so irritated with the slowness of things, I can barely stand it. 🙂
And so, I continue to write, while I wait.
Below is a poem I wrote (And I really shouldn’t say “I” wrote it – the words just start tumbling out of me and I have to scramble to get pen to paper to capture it. I can’t even tell you if what I write is true poetry – it simply comes out and I write it down.) the other night – at Brennecke beach while the sun went down:
On an island
in the middle of
I am alone.
The beach stretches for miles
The ocean lays out as far as the eye can see
Yet, there is only me here.
Darkness has fallen
The couples, kids and families
are safely tucked
Only I remain
and to receive.
I thought myself an island
But then, I came here
and realized that no one person
can ever be an island,
no one person can ever sustain
all alone in the darkness.
So, I pack up my journal, pen and books
Blow a kiss to the butterflies and palm trees
And I head home
to an ocean that is not an island
to a place where I no longer have to
pretend to be one.
It is time
Time to heal what
has not been lost
Open myself up –
wide and free,
Just like the mainland.
© 2009 Heather Strang
All rights reserved.
Happy Writing and Much Love to YOU!