"Brian Landis is a master storyteller; Dennis Patrick Slattery a master teacher in the art of writing myth. Both are skillful poets who have teamed to produce this refined volume of poetry. Feathered Ladder speaks brilliantly to me." —From the Foreword by Stephanie Pope, Cultural Mythologer and poet — mythopoetry.com
Brian Landis, MA Economics, Denver University, MA Depth Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute, is a psychotherapist in private practice in San Luis Obispo, California. His writing has been published internationally, most recently “Duet For Marimba” in Mythopoetry Scholar; and a review of The Beauty Between Words, in Psychological Perspectives. He has been nominated multiple times for the Pushcart Prize in poetry.
Dennis Patrick Slattery, Ph.D. has been teaching for 44 years, the last 20 at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California. He is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of 20 volumes, including four volumes of poetry: Casting the Shadows: Selected Poems; Just Below the Water Line: Selected Poems; Twisted Sky: Selected Poems; and The Beauty Between Words with Chris Paris. He has co-authored one novel, Simon’s Crossing with Charles Asher. His more recent books include Day-to-Day Dante: Exploring Personal Myth Through the Divine Comedy; Riting Myth, Mythic Writing: Plotting Your Personal Story; The Soul Does Not Specialize: Revaluing the Humanities and the Polyvalent Imagination with Jennifer Selig. His new book, Creases in Culture: Essays Towards a Poetics of Depth was published by Fisher King Press in January 2014. He is completing a work on Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick for publication in 2014. He offers riting retreats on exploring one’s personal myth through the works of Joseph Campbell in the United States and Europe.
An added feature of the book are writing meditation responses from participants who have been part of the author's writing retreats in both the United States and Europe. Their power and authenticity attests to the strong desire and need of each of us to explore what myth guides us, what terms it does so within and what one can learn to become more conscious of those deep forces in the psyche that seek expression in all we do and are.