Kirkus calls The Alchemy of Illuminated Poetry® “A Message of Self Discovery”

A handbook that aims to help readers discover spiritual truth through unconventional poetry composition. This beautifully produced work from Michaels (Lily of the Valley, 2016, etc.) encourages one to embark on a modern-day, metaphorical version of the medieval alchemists’ quest to turn base metals into gold. One may refine oneself, the author says, to “attain one’s […]

Foreword Reviews calls The Alchemy of Illuminated Poetry® a “master class experience”

This is a master class experience on the art and science of illustrated poetry. Xianna Michaels’s The Alchemy of Illuminated Poetry® is a surprising and successful hybrid of poetry and prose that serves as a meditative experience. A deeply personal yet universal outline, the book is unconventional in the best sense of the word. As […]

Lily’s First Anniversary

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in Journal, Stories

  This month, March 2017, marks the first anniversary of the publication of my verse novella, Lily of the Valley—An American Jewish Journey. This, as many of you know, is the story of five generations of American Jewish women and the resilience, faith and American Dream they all share. I would like to take this opportunity […]

Introducing the Xoem®

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Journal, Stories, Xoem

What exactly is a Xoem®? I wrote a pamphlet called, “A Xoem a Day Keeps the Spirit in Play”, and I do try to write one a day. It’s a unique, six-line, circular-shaped verse form which I developed and love to use as part of my intuitive morning writing process. It can be composed on […]

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Journal, Stories

The author of The Cat in the Hat and so many other beloved children’s books was born on March 2nd, 1904 and died on September 24th, 1991. His full name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, but he adopted Dr. Seuss as his pen name because it was his mother’s maiden name and apparently she had wanted […]

The Angel of Santa Monica

Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 in Stories

Back in September I began a series of stories expressing my gratitude to people I knew only briefly but who in retrospect had a tremendous influence on my life. Today I write about a third, whom I met only once and whose name I never knew. My encounter with him was wholly unexpected and even […]

What I’ve Been Up to Lately

Posted by on Feb 5, 2017 in Stories, Uncategorized

Dear Reader, Many of you have been asking what I’ve been up to lately and I’m thrilled that as 2017 gets underway, I do have exciting news to share! I’ve just sent my newest book off to the printer! It’s called The Alchemy of Illuminated Poetry®—Seven Steps to Your Personal Gold and will be published […]

Teachers’ Words Matter

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in Journal, Stories

In September of this year I began a series of stories to express my gratitude to a few people whom I knew only briefly but who had a tremendous impact on my work and my life. Though I thanked them at the time, it’s only in retrospect that I know just how momentous their words […]

Color me Sukkos!

Posted by on Oct 13, 2016 in Holidays, Journal, Stories, Uncategorized

Looking for an activity for the little ones before Sukkos? Check out these downloadable coloring pages adapted from some of the posters I’ve created over the years for my children and grandchildren to color and hang in the sukkah. Check out the dragon in the sukkah! That was done at my grandkids’ request after the […]

Contemplation in the Days of Awe

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Journal, Poetry

A meaningful Yom Kippur to all. May all our prayers for the coming year be answered. In these High Holy Days of contemplation, I am thinking of a poem I wrote in a special moment of connection with G-d.