Visiting poet Michael Sowder offers an evening of spiritual enlightenment at Mount Mercy March 5

March 28, 2014 | 12:03 pm

Poet and essayist Michael Sowder will share works from his newest collection, House Under the Moon, on Tuesday, March 5, at Mount Mercy University. Sowder will participate in a question and answer session at 3:30 p.m., followed by a reading of his works later in the evening at 7:00 p.m. Both events will be held in Basile Hall, Flaherty Community Room, and are free and open to the public.

House Under the Moon includes poems concerning family and fatherhood, while exploring the spiritual struggle for harmony between the contemporary and contemplative life. The collection was inspired by Sowder’s travels to India, and written according to the tradition of bhakti yoga. Sowder takes his audience down the path of enlightenment with him by combining the religious practices of Hinduism, Buddhism, Christian mysticism and Sufism.

Sowder, an English professor and adjunct professor of religious studies at Utah State University, is also the founder of the Amrita Sangha for Integral Spirituality – a nonprofit organization that teaches and examines contemplative practices of world wisdom traditions that includes teaching creative writing skills and meditation in prisons and jails. His poetry focuses on the themes of wilderness, Buddhism, yoga, politics and fatherhood.

For additional information on Sowder visit his personal Website at www.michaelsowder.org or contact Mount Mercy Professor of English Mary Vermillion at vermill@mtmercy.edu.

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