“A gifted writer…Elizabeth Neeld clearly meets Samuel Johnson’s first criterion for genius: the ability to find a relationship between apparently unrelated ideas, or things…Compelling substance…”
— The Washington Post

Featured Image: A Persimmon

I was struck in my kitchen by the beauty of the top leaf of this persimmon. There’s the old-paper-crackly splits and tears around the edges. And the various colors of green that range from an old burnt look to a sweet pale hue.

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Featured Article: Considering Matthew Shepard: We Are the Choir

Elizabeth Harper Neeld’s pre-concert talk for the world premiere of Craig Hella Johnson’s oratorio, Considering Matthew Shepard

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About Elizabeth Harper Neeld

(photo by Alex Cohan)

Elizabeth Harper Neeld is an author and photographer whose books include the critically acclaimed Seven Choices: Finding Daylight After Loss Shatters Your World, a book chosen by The American Red Cross to distribute to volunteers working with families of 9/11 and a book that was the subject of two Public Television one-hour documentaries. Her book Tough Transitions (“Wise and inspirational…sure to strike a chord with readers…”Library Journalwas a Book of the Month Selection for One Spirit Book Club. A Sacred Primer was lauded by critics for offering “ideas and inspirational recommendations for creating stillness in daily living…that are original and eloquent and reflect years of research than than a whimsical, hot-selling idea.” About her photograph book, With Eyes Wide Open, Elizabeth states: “Beauty exists everywhere. Surprises abound. Light shines. With eyes wide open we all can participate.” This book of photographs is her testament to the gift of the everyday.

As an independent scholar, Elizabeth wrote the essay that introduced the new contemporary American oratorio “Considering Matthew Shepard” (composed by Craig Hella Johnson and recorded by the Grammy-award-winning choral group, Conspirare) to concert goers and listeners nationwide. Other of her essays include explorations of the power of story and an examination of the contributions of Dr. Howard Thurman to creative and civic society, including his contributions to his long-time friend, Dr. Martin Luther King.

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