Pagans and Ghosts Tie for the 2006 Eppie for Best Poetry: The Oestara Anthology of Pagan Poetry & Ghostly Embers

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The Oestara Anthology of Pagan Poetry edited by Cynthia Joyce Clay, Delight Clay, and Raymond T. Anderson is the 2006 Eppie winner for Best Poetry, tying with Ghostly Embers. The Oestara Anthology of Pagan Poetry is the first Pagan poetry book to win an international literary award and is the first poetry anthology of modern day Paganism.

The Oestara Anthology of Pagan Poetry edited by Cynthia Joyce Clay, Delight Clay, and Raymond T. Anderson is the 2006 Eppie winner for Best Poetry.

"If you can’t find something in this collection that speaks to your soul ask yourself these two questions: First – Are you sure you’re Pagan? And second – Are you sure you have a pulse? Enjoy this collection. I did.”-- Mike Gleason, freelance book reviewer.

The awards given out by the Electronically Published Internet Connection (EPIC), an international authors‘ group, the Eppies are given for the best professionally published e-books. EPIC decided on the final winners of the Eppies in beautiful San Antonio, Texas on March 18th, just two days before the Tide turned to Oestara. Cynthia Joyce Clay accepted the award, but had lost her voice so used American Sign Language to say, "I've lost my voice. I am very happy. Thank you! All the poets thank you! Blessed Be." The Oestara Anthology of Pagan Poetry, a paperback and e-book published by Oestara Publishing LLC in Key Biscayne, FL, is the first Pagan poetry book to win an international literary award. The Oestara Anthology of Pagan Poetry is the first poetry anthology of modern day Paganism. It tied with Ghostly Embers for the Eppie in Best Poetry. The poets joked that Pagans and Ghosts would have to tie, and they did!

For Westerners, modern Paganism is a new and vigorous religious zeitgeist. Oestara Publishing LLC recognizing that great new art arises from new zeitgeists, held a poetry contest to celebrate this new world-view. The winners of the poetry contest were included in The Oestara Anthology of Pagan Poetry. Among the poems are charges of the God, invocations to deity, experiences of the Lady’s manifestation, and Sabbat poetry. In free verse, formal poetic forms, and poetry received through trance and dreams, these poems showcase the beauty and depth of feeling, understanding, and devotion of modern Pagan spirituality.

This is the third time an Oestara Publishing title has placed in the Eppie finals. The novella "The Joshua Machine" by James H. Clay and the sf novel Zollocco by Cynthia Joyce Clay also were finalists. The third time’s the charm--The Oestara Anthology of Pagan Poetry. For more information visit http://www.oestarapublishing.com/paganpoetry.htm.

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