Crossing the River: An Anthology in Honor of Sacred Journeys

Crossing the River is published!


Our stories are filled with journeys. Sometimes, though, we neglect the possibility that in our travels we will cross an important boundary, and we may never be the same again.

Crossing the River is an anthology of poems, myths, and tales that take the reader on many different kinds of journeys: travels in the company of deities, visits to other worlds, explorations within oneself, voyages with the dead (or back from death), and other excursions that lead to transformation. These are paths that challenge us and even change us along the way, for returning may not be as simple as retracing our steps.

Where will your journey take you? And who will you be when you return?

Read more, and find information on purchasing, at the Neos Alexandria page.

I would like to thank all the contributors who made Crossing the River possible. It has been a joy to work with you to bring this book into being.

Rebecca Buchanan and the production team at Bibliotheca Alexandria did an amazing job from start to finish. The print copy looks great, and I’m excited to see the ebook edition come out in the next week or so.

Happy New Year!

Crossing the River anthology release mid-December

Crossing the River: An Anthology in Honor of Sacred Journeys is currently in production and will be available in mid December from Bibliotheca Alexandrina. It features a fantastic mix of authors and topics. Here’s a sneak peek at the table of contents:

  • The Shaman and the Goddess by Joseph Murphy
  • The Song by Szmeralda Shanel
  • Con Rio by Karla Linn Merrifield
  • All the Colors of the Rainbow by Gerri Leen
  • Homecoming by Karla Linn Merrifield
  • The Seasons March by Kit Koinis
  • Mt. Kailash by George H. Northrup
  • Bargain with the Mountain King by Juli D. Revezzo
  • Some Kind of Orpheus by Valentina Cano
  • Into the Light by Ruth Sabath Rosenthal
  • Space Journey by Kristen Camitta Zimet
  • Myself to Myself by Scathe meic Beorh
  • I shall set free my hair and wear a fawn skin by Rebecca Lynn Scott
  • Passing through the Portal by Elizabeth Bodien
  • Walking the Labyrinth by Kristin Camitta Zimet
  • She Who Holds the Reins by Brenda Kyria Skotas
  • Persephone by Valentina Cano
  • Walking Two Worlds by Larisa Hunter
  • Baptism in Four Reflections by Craig W. Steele
  • Nine Lives — A Feline Cosmogony by Literata Hurley
  • The Shaman Visits the House of Dust by Joseph Murphy
  • Theseus, Considering the Ball of Thread by Hillary Lyon
  • Orion by Rebecca Buchanan
  • Hadrian in Hyperborea: The Enigma of the Emperor’s Wanderings by P. Sufenas Virius Lupus
  • Navigatio Gaii Suetonii Paullini ex Britannia ad Ogygia et Insulas Saturni by P. Sufenas Virius Lupus

Look for more announcements in the coming weeks! You might also consider other works from Bibliotheca Alexandrina‘s current titles for your holiday gifting, including new digital releases of several of their devotional anthologies.

Call for Submissions: Crossing the River, an anthology about sacred journeys

I am delighted to announce that I will be editing an anthology for Bibliotheca Alexandrina on sacred journeys. The call for submissions is below and at Neos Alexandria‘s site.

Call for submissions for Crossing the River: An Anthology in Honor of Sacred Journeys, edited by Literata. Submissions will open 10 September 2012 and close 28 February 2013. Submissions may include, but are not limited to, scholarly articles, poetry, short fiction, retellings or original translations of stories and texts, artwork, and rituals related to the experience of sacred journeys.

Both deities and mortals have undertaken sacred journeys:  the Deities Baldr, Inanna, Obatala, Persephone and Pwyll travel to their different underworlds, as do the heroes Gilgamesh, Odysseus, Orpheus and Psyche; other heroes and heroines such as Adam and Eve, Aeneas, Cu Chulainn, Dido, Heracles, Moses, Sigurd, and Theseus undertake sacred tasks or quests; and everyday people face transitions both literal and figurative. How is the person or power changed by the experience?

Contributors are encouraged to concentrate on the theme of change. For example:

– What makes specific journeys important for those who experience them?
– What causes sacred journeys, and what comes out of them?
– Is everyone who goes through such a journey changed? Why or why not?
– Is such change always for the better?
– Can journeys be undone, or can one “go back” in any way?
– What does it mean for us as polytheists if we think our deities experience change?

As individuals, how do we recognize when we are on the verge of or in the midst of our own sacred journeys? How do we prepare for them, recover from them, or learn from them? When we’ve experienced a journey, how is “here” different from “there” — have we really crossed a river?

Contributors should not concentrate on assimilating all examples of journeys to a single archetypal framework, but instead examine the differences between the many different kinds of journeys. While the theme of initiation as an experience of a sacred journey is relevant, submissions should not be primarily about initiation per se.

All works must be original, not public domain. No plagiarism. Scholarly articles must properly cite sources where applicable. Previously published submissions are acceptable, provided the author retains all rights to the work. Authors retain all rights to the submission. Upon acceptance, the author will be sent a permission to publish form along with a request for a short biography to include in the anthology.

The editor reserves the right to make any minor changes in the case of grammar, spelling, and formatting concerns. The editor also reserves the right to request modification of submissions and to reject submissions as necessary.

No monetary compensation will be provided. Proceeds from all sales will be divided between charitable donations in honor of the Deities and production costs for future publications from Bibliotheca Alexandrina. All contributors will receive a coupon code which will allow them to purchase three copies of the anthology at cost.

Acceptable length is anywhere from 100-10,000 words. All artwork must be at least 300dpi. Submissions close 28 February 2013 with a projected release date of June 2013. Please send your submission either in the body of the email or as a .doc/.docx attachment with “Sacred Journeys Anthology” in the subject line to