About

Amrita Skye Blaine April 2013 smallerAmrita Skye Blaine writes short essays, memoir, fiction, and poetry, developing themes of aging, coming of age, disability, and most of all, the process of unlearning–the heart of the matter. In 2003, she received an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. Her memoir, Bound to Love: a memoir of grit and gratitude, won first prize in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association literary contest (2005), the IndieBRAG award (2016), and first prize in the BAIPA (Bay Area Independent Publishers Association) contest (2016).

She has had personal essays published in seven anthologies, and in national magazines: “In Context” (now known as “Yes!” magazine) and “Catalyst.” Other personal essays have been published in the “Register-Guard” newspaper, and the “Eugene Weekly.” Skye also presented radio essays on KRML 1410 AM in Carmel, CA.

She teaches fiction and memoir in the Older Adults Program of Santa Rosa Junior College.

11 responses to “About

  1. I just received the Liebster Blog award which means I get to pass it on to five other bloggers and I chose you. See the post that names you here: http://bluegrassnotes.wordpress.com/2012/01/03/the-liebster-award/

    • Oh my! I’m touched very deeply, Leigh. Wow! Interesting that you think of my blog as a Buddhist perspective. I don’t, actually. I mostly participate in Advaita and Sufi circles (although I do read Dzogchen teachings, and listen to Adyashanti), but don’t label myself as anything anymore. I was on the Sufi path for 37 years, though…

      And I have a problem: I’m so new to this, and don’t follow that many blogs–I think maybe 6, and I have no idea how to find out how many followers someone has. How do I do that? I can only think of two to honor, because you already HAVE been, or I’d pick you! (If I followed many more blogs I wouldn’t find the time to write!)
      Can you help me here?
      A warm hug of appreciation,
      Amrita

      • Somehow I missed this eons ago and I was looking for an e-mail address when I saw this. I guess ultimately all spiritual talk is similar, but somehow the way you express seems very Buddhist to me — Sufi is one of the traditions I’ve only studied a little (Paul Ray used to be the Sufi teacher at Nine Gates and I studied with him a bit after; then when Shabda Khan became the Nine Gates Sufi I wound up attending a zikr at his place but that’s it — haven’t even read a book). Anyway, what I’ve done about the blog lists thing is if I don’t have enough when someone nominates I wait until I do. I try to do new people every time so sometimes it’s months before I’ve collected more.
        Reason I was looking for e-mail: dates finally set (faint possibility still for change): arrive April 28, leave May 17. I’ll be in Corte Madera without a car — it’s a gorgeous property up one of the hills if you’d like to come for coffee. my e-mail: yogaleigh at earthlink dot net (trying to avoid being picked up by robots).

  2. Hi Amrita just a quick message to say i have nominated you for the one lovely blog award 🙂 details are on my blog. I love reading the things you write and look forward to new ones dropping in my email. definitely deserved 🙂 Amanda

  3. ZenSoapbox

    Oops! I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award, but it looks like someone else beat me to it! Here is the link to the post on my site: http://zensoapbox.wordpress.com/2012/07/30/the-one-lovely-blog-award/. Thank you so much for your ongoing words of wisdom, honesty, and inspiration!

  4. Thank you so very much for stopping by my blog for a read. It’s what brought me here to yours! How lovely!! You write beautifully, and your posts are uplifting. Be well, and keep writing!

  5. I’m glad you found my blog (via that wonder “thisunlitlight,”) . . .and now I have found yours where there is so much to explore and contemplate (archives, here I come)! I look forward to responding to many of your postings (sometimes like this. . .sometimes simply within). Thank you!

  6. Chris

    Hi Amrita,
    I am looking to use an image to give the correct credit for and I think it might be yours – is this yours?

    Regards
    Chris

  7. ‘Unlearning’ – the ultimate educational pursuit.

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