Category: Books

Creative Reading and Writing

birds perch
in sheltering branches
a grain of mustard seed

Matthew 13: 31-32
Time Of Singing, 1995


We are beginning work on a second large print chapbook, in the same style as Quiet Christmas Poetry.  Copies of the Christmas book can be ordered from the Time Of Singing books page.

The theme of the new book is Wisconsin Seasons and Encouragement.  My haiku, “birds perch,” seems to belong in the new book.


Today I am reading Time Of Singing: A Journal Of Christian Poetry (Volume 44, Number 3; Winter 2017/18).  Lora Homan Zill is Editor.  Violet Nesdoly is the Contributing Editor for this issue.


Lake Michigan – May 2016

Haiku and photo are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

Cover Art

I’ve shared pictures with you of the covers for Quiet Christmas Poetry and Welcoming Hope: poems for those in need (anthology with Time Of Singing).

You can see the pictures again and order from the Time Of Singing books page, if you wish.


In 2016, I worked with The Haiku Foundation to create a Gallery of Cover Art.  The covers also tell part of the story of English Language Haiku in a visual way, as they are from many years.  Mini-chapbooks, books, journals, and anthologies are represented, with links to the original sources.  Thank you to Dave Russo for his work to publish the gallery.


Ellen Grace Olinger

Quiet Christmas Poetry

Under “Book Offers” in the Fall 2015 issue of Time Of Singing, Lora Homan Zill, Editor, included a picture of our Christmas book and wrote: “Light and easy to hold, with large print, it is ideal for anyone battling or recovering from serious illness, or who needs a special word of encouragement over the holiday season.”


If you wish to order a copy of Quiet Christmas Poetry, please visit the books page at Time Of Singing.  There is an ordering form that may be printed.  All proceeds benefit TOS.

Quiet Christmas Poetry is both a site and a book.


Lora’s site is Feeling God’s Pleasure Through Creative Work, the blue collar artist.



Lake Michigan beach cover art photo is by Karl.

The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp

I am reading The Broken Way: a daring path into the abundant life, by Ann Voskamp (Zondervan 2016; Copyright by Ann Morton Voskamp).

This book is blessing me these days; after a year of new losses, challenges, and many new blessings.

Ann’s writing is honest and from her heart.  She writes prose with the soul of a poet – her own special voice.

Her book is also the work of a scholar.  Ann Voskamp has a page for “Bible Translations Cited.”  The Notes for each chapter include references for Bible verses, and many authors.  Some of the authors she mentions are Mother Teresa, Martin Luther, Eugene Peterson, and Elizabeth Elliot.

Ann shares often at her site online.

five haiku and a lesson plan

These haiku appear in anthologies published by the Haiku Society of America (2013 – 2017).


Wisconsin spring
sandhill cranes
in a field of snow

Published in This World: Haiku Society of America 2013 Members’ Anthology, edited by Carolyn Coit Dancy.


morning prayer
water birds flying north
stay close to water

Published in Take-out Window:  Haiku Society of America 2014 Members’ Anthology, edited by Gary Hotham. This haiku was first published in SMILE, 67, 2010; edited by Joyce M. Johnson.


January thaw . . .
letting go
of old heartaches

Published in A Splash of Water: Haiku Society of America 2015 Members’ Anthology, edited by Catherine J.S. Lee.


light falls
through yellow maple leaves
the mercy of God

Published in Full of Moonlight: Haiku Society of America 2016 Members’ Anthology, edited by David Grayson.


country roads
reflections of light
from new steel roofs

Published in on down the road: Haiku Society of America 2017 Members’ Anthology, edited by LeRoy Gorman.


I wrote “country roads” for the EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2015: The Year of Light, The Haiku Foundation.


And I wrote this lesson plan, which was edited and published by Jim Kacian at The Haiku Foundation:

Haiku Lesson for All Ages: EarthRise Collaboration Themes and Poems.


Ellen Grace Olinger

Welcoming Hope: Poems for those in need


few leaves
left on the lilac
living with
your loss

This is my poem in the anthology with Time Of Singing (TOS), Welcoming Hope: Poems for those in need.

Please visit the books page at TOS for more information.

The cover art for Welcoming Hope is by Charles A. Waugaman.

Lora Homan Zill is editor of Time Of Singing.


As an additional note today, I wrote this poem the first autumn after my mother’s winter passing (2004).  The lilacs have bloomed many more times since then.

At the time, the key word in this poem for me was loss.

Now I know the key word is living – and I am grateful every day.

Thank you,
Ellen Grace Olinger


Publication note: “November” was published in Hermitage: A Haiku Journal, Volume II, 2005.  Ion Codrescu, Editor.