In her quest for health of mind and body, Diana Raab travels to the heart of Africa with her family, experiencing the beauty of another world and the distress but also the delight and dignity of those, both human and animal, living in difficult conditions. She has recorded her observations in Listening to Africa, a collection of poems welcomed gratefully by early readers. Susan Wooldridge, the author of poemcrazy: freeing your life with words, has written that “Diana M. Raab makes a pilgrimage from the ‘familiar neon of home’ in America to Africa, bringing her family, her passion and her pen. Her moving words carry us with her in narrative poems replete with vision, humor and irony. In her inner and outer journey, the poet transforms fear and sadness into beauty and love as her heart opens ‘in this place which will remind you of your reason for living.’ ” And this from Cara Nusinov, author of Unrequited Loves and Other French Kisses: “Diana M. Raab takes us on a joyous poetic journey of words and photos. She juxtaposes her wisdom, essential wellness and depth of feeling in exploring four-legged friends, illness, and hope, making this an extremely powerful collection.”
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Diana M. Raab is an award-winning poet, memoirist and registered nurse who teaches in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program and at various conferences around the country. She is the author of three poetry collections, My Muse Undresses Me (2007); Dear Anaïs: My Life in Poems for You (2008), winner of The Reader Views Award and an Allbooks Review Editor’s Choice Award; and The Guilt Gene (2009). Her poetry and prose have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including Rattle, Rosebud, Litchfield Review, Tonopah Review, Writers’ Journal, Common Ground Review, The Smoking Poet, A Café in Space, the Toronto Quarterly, Snail Mail Review, New Mirage Journal, Lucidity, Blood and Thunder, Jet Fuel Review, and Ascent. She’s editor ofi, winner of a 2011 Eric Hoffer Award and finalist for Best Books (USA Book News), and also co-edited (with James Brown) Writers on the Edge. Diana Raab’s memoir, Regina’s Closet: Finding My Grandmother’s Secret Journal, won the 2008 National Indie Excellence Award for Memoir and the 2009 Mom’s Choice Award for Adult Nonfiction. Her self-help memoir, Healing With Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey, won the 2011 Mom’s Choice Award for Adult Nonfiction. For more information, visit her website: www.dianaraab.com.
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