House Under the Moon includes poems concerning family and fatherhood, while exploring the spiritual struggle for harmony between the contemporary and contemplative life. The collection was inspired by Sowder's travels to India, and written according to the tradition of bhakti yoga. Sowder takes his audience down the path of enlightenment with him by combining the religious practices of Hinduism, Buddhism, Christian mysticism and Sufism.
Sowder, an English professor and adjunct professor of religious studies at Utah State University, is also the founder of the Amrita Sangha for Integral Spirituality – a nonprofit organization that teaches and examines contemplative practices of world wisdom traditions that includes teaching creative writing skills and meditation in prisons and jails. His poetry focuses on the themes of wilderness, Buddhism, yoga, politics and fatherhood.
UPDATE: Michael Sowder arrived in Cedar Rapids yesterday and will hold a Q&A session as scheduled at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in the UC Commons. Feel free to stop by and visit with Mr. Sowder if you live on campus! The evening reading for tonight remains canceled.