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SHADOW AND LIGHT - 2017 Savant Poetry Anthology

June 8, 2017

It is my pleasure to present the 2017 Savant Poetry Anthology, SHADOW AND LIGHT representing the best of the best 2017 poetry submissions. 

This year's anthology includes sixty-four outstanding poems by twenty-two poets including, in order of appearance, Rose Seaquill, Bipul Banerjee, Dr. Mike, Doc Krinberg, Jock Armour, Mr. Ben, Emily Anderson, Marianne Smith, Carolina Casas, Cigeng Zhang, Thomas Koron, Mark Daniel Seiler, Dwight Armbrust Jr, Uhene, Daniel S. Janik, Lonner F. Holden, Sara Hawley, Ihar Kazak, Barbara Bailey, V. Bright Saigal, Ken Rasti and Teuta S. Rizaj.

Savant Poetry Anthologies have received numerous awards, including three London Book Festival awards and Pacific Rim Book Festival, and Los Angeles Book Festival awards. 

All of us at Savant Books and Publications are especially pleased that, in addition, our Savant poetry anthologies have helped successfully launch numerous professional poet as well as prose author careers. 

The Call for Submissions for the 2018 Savant Poetry Anthology is open from 1 January through 31 December 2017. For more details visit


Helen R. Davis

Special Guest Editor for the 2015/16 and 2017 Savant Poetry Anthologies

    RUNNING FROM THE PACK - 2015/16 Savant Poetry Anthology

    SHADOW AND LIGHT - 2017 Savant Poetry Anthology



May 15, 2017

Danny Bennet was adopted, but other than being raised by her two dads, her childhood was as mundane as her friends'. That is, until she learned that her biological parents had passed on the power to enter people's dreams and affect their waking lives. Before Danny has time to start processing this, she becomes the target of a dangerous group bent on stealing her power. They'll resort to anything, even kill, to get it. Love. Lies. Magic. Deceit. Fighting for her life.

"When I s...

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March 5, 2017

IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017) encapsulates the basic fundamental elements underlying dance, eurythmy and the laying on of hands—what I like to call “somatic therapy.” By that, I mean what can happen when humans come into contact with other living things. But it’s more than the somatic experience. It’s about the power to not just heal, but prevent illness and disease in a manner that’s both ancient and new. 

It is my hope that readers will come away with a new perspec...

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February 13, 2017

Chicago, 1947. Private investigator "Matt" McBride runs afoul of corrupt politicians, vicious mobsters  and a trigger-happy Texan femme fatale to prove that the "suicide" of his best friend was murder.  Matt's perilous journey to track down the killer nearly dead-ends in a motor home on a collision course with a cargo plane.

"Fun as it was to write THE GUMSHOE (Savant 2017), researching the story was quite challenging," says Rose. "Since I didn't have H. G. Wells' time machine to whisk me back...

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January 14, 2017

Everyone knows that small towns hide secrets from outsiders. Whether you left and returned, came from elsewhere to attend college at the small liberal arts and technical university, or are just passing through on your way across the country, there are palpable stories hidden in the spaces between street lights. In IN THE SHADOWS OF MY MIND (Savant 2017), the town of Hazelwood has its share of secrets, even from the man it claims as its small-town hero, FBI Agent Stephen Lanford.

Stephen, a m...

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December 2, 2016

   Like many, I have fond memories of the physical and emotional excursions that took place during my childhood, adventures which required the same kind of risk-taking as the heroine in THE ADVENTURES OF PURPLE HEAD, BUDDHA MONKEY AND STICKY FEET (Savant 2016), namely Purple Head – an alien from another planet. 

   One time, I trekked deep in the woods with my best friend to a large children's slide hidden there. When we arrived, there were several goats roaming around the slide, blocking ...

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September 14, 2016

Hollywood, as I experienced it in the eighties, was already beginning to show it's age. Most of the stars who had made all the great films were either dead, retired, or locked suspended animation somewhere in between. By the time the new "Turks" began taking over, nothing was the same.  

In QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016), the fifth in my popular Koski and Falk series, I introduced a character named Kate Keenan, an amalgamation of the characters I met at Screenwriter's school at UCLA, whom I lea...

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August 16, 2016
LIBIDO TSUNAMI: Awash with the Droll in Life is a collection of forty short stories exploring human tragedy, drama, vulnerability and adventure. In them, I salute the absurd and quirky in life through humor, using the pen name, Cate Burns, to honor (or defame) the lineage in my maternal family that dates back to the Scottish poet Robert Burns. The stories are grouped into four themes: A Flood of Family, Male Amazements, The Unknown Hawaii, and The Life Divine. From surviving complicated relat...
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June 29, 2016
ALL THINGS AWAIT is a story about the brief and chaotic summer misadventure of Lightly—an impossibly good-looking and hopelessly self-absorbed star quarterback from an elite Virginia college. A gifted and unstable synesthete, Lightly sets off with a photo of a remote beach and the help of an unpopular, overweight, and depressed classmate named Santana Montana in pursuit of a secret location where he believes all the parallel universes predicted by quantum theory—and all possible variation...
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May 16, 2016

There is no pleasure greater than playing with one's grandchildren. When they play and laugh heartily, one's heart skips with joy. The whole house comes alive and the spirits of everyone present soar sky high.

Unfortunately, children also fight amongst themselves. And fight they do with the same passion they show while playing. It takes a few minutes for elders to sort out the dispute and settle the matter. The children repeatedly say sorry, forget about it and resume playing. Unlike elders, ...

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