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A gift of music from a dear friend, to brighten this new year

Dear Jean and Va,

I’ve been thinking of you and simply wanted to send a message of thanks and joy in music.

As the old carol says, “Let nothing you dismay.” I think how right now we need words of assurance and trust, voices of comfort and encouragement. So my New Year’s greeting comes in the form of two songs. I hope they lift your hearts like you so many times have lifted mine.



“People Get Ready” performed by the Community Gospel Choir of St. Louis

“We Are Not Alone” performed by the African Children’s Choir

See Holly Iglesias in Poets & Writers

Holly Iglesias’ work includes three collections of poetry— Sleeping Things (Press 53), Angles of Approach (White Pine Press) and Souvenirs of a Shrunken World (Kore Press)—and a critical work, Boxing Inside the Box: Women’s Prose Poetry (Quale Press). In addition, she has translated the work of Cuban poet Caridad Atencio. She has been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council, the Edward Albee Foundation, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Iglesias currently teaches in MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Miami, with a focus on documentary/archival poetry.

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