Everyone is a Poet: Mark Nepo Shares an Inspirational Message on Super Soul Sunday

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Mark Nepo, author of Reduced to Joy (Viva Editions 2013), is interviewed by Oprah Winfrey on the true nature of poetry. He will bring his poetry to California this week in a San Francisco Bay Area book tour.

Reduced to Joy, by Mark Nepo

Mark Nepo's Reduced to Joy can change how you approach the challenge of any day. —Oprah.com

Mark Nepo, spiritual teacher, philosopher, and author of Reduced to Joy, appeared on back to back episodes of Super Soul Sunday with Oprah Winfrey. Nepo said that poetry is the "unexpected utterance of the soul," and that everyone has the capacity to be a poet. The poet-philosopher discusses with Oprah the true nature of poetry, and how self-expression can help everyone "find our way to the sacred." Mark Nepo's poetry in Reduced to Joy cuts to the core of human experience, of beauty and pain and raw emotion. Nepo will share his poetry and his story with the Bay Area this week, at Books Inc San Francisco, Book Passage Marin, and Pegasus Books in Berkeley (see below for details).

"Mark Nepo's Reduced to Joy can change how you approach the challenge of any day."

12/4: Reading and Signing - Books Inc, Opera Plaza, SF - 7pm
12/5: Reading and Signing - Book Passage Marin, Corte Madera - 7pm
12/6: Reading and Signing - Pegasus Books, Berkeley - 7:30pm

Mark Nepo, the New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Awakening, has been called "one of the finest spiritual guides of our time," "a consummate storyteller" and "an eloquent spiritual teacher." Now in his sixties, he has written Reduced to Joy, a book of seventy-three poems about the nature of working with what we’re given till it wears us through to joy. Nepo says, "Poetry is the well from which all my books rise. It’s where I always go to listen, always stunned by what arrives. I bring these poems back from the deep like shells from the sea that we can look at together." Profound and accessible, Nepo’s poems are tools for staying close to what matters.

Mark Nepo is a poet and philosopher who has taught in the fields of poetry, health and spirituality for forty years. A New York Times number-one-bestselling author, he has written fourteen books and recorded eight audio projects. Mark has appeared with Oprah Winfrey on OWN TV’s Super Soul Sunday and has also been interviewed by Robin Roberts on Good Morning America. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages.

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