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The Japan Times reviews 'My Year of Dirt and Water'

Michael Palmer - Monday, October 01, 2018

We are thrilled to share that The Japan Times has published their favorable review of Tracy Franz's new memoir My Year of Dirt and Water: Journal of a Zen Monk's Wife in Japan  Read More

Tracy Franz on her new book and continuing Zen practice

Michael Palmer - Monday, June 04, 2018

Tracy Franz's new book My Year of Dirt and Water is making waves. Check out her interview with Sumeru Press on her book and her continued life in Zen practice. Read More

The Japanese Poetic Tradition of Haibun in Basho's 'Narrow Road to the Interior'

Intern Intern - Friday, April 27, 2018

Although his name has become synonymous with haiku mastery, Edo era poet Matsuo Bashō’s exalted status in Japanese literature is equally indebted to the prose compositions he wrote throughout his lifetime. However, poetry and prose were not mutually exclusive for Bashō, with some of his finest work dabbling in and fusing both forms of written expression. Read More

Authors Karen Maezen Miller and John Keeble on 'My Year of Dirt and Water'

Intern Intern - Monday, April 02, 2018

Slated to hit bookstores this summer, Tracy Franz's memoir My Year of Dirt and Water: Journal of a Zen Monk’s Wife in Japan is already making quite a splash amongst writers and critics. Here's a taste of what this book is all about from two great authors: Read More

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