Drawn from the archives of major Zen centers in America and interviews with some of the most seminal figures of American Zen, including Philip Kapleau, Bernie Glassman, and Walter Nowick, One Bird, One Stone presents notable encounters between teachers and students, the moments of insight and wisdom, the quotable quotes, and the humor of Zen as it has flowered in America over the last hundred-plus years. The book had its genesis in the many contemporary Zen stories Murphy had heard over the years from his teachers and fellow practitioners. Murphy came to realize that although many collections of traditional Zen stories had been published in the west, he had never encountered a comprehensive collection of purely western stories from a variety of lineages.
Sean Murphy is the founder and director of The Sage Institute for the Environment, Creativity, and Consciousness. He has taught at Naropa and frequently with Natalie Goldberg. He teaches meditation, creative writing and literature for UNM-Taos, and also teaches for IAIA.
Jon Davis will launch Thelonious Sphere, a chapbook inspired by the music of jazz composer Thelonious Sphere Monk. He'll also be reading poems and short stories from his new manuscript, Improbable Creatures.
Some of the stories in "Improbable Places" have appeared in recent issues of McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Versal (Amsterdam), Crazyhorse, Flash, Black Warrior Review, and Verse.
Jon Davis has been a member of the Creative Writing faculty at IAIA since 1990. He is a noted poet who has published six collections of poetry. In 2012, the City of Santa Fe selected him as the city’s fourth Poet Laureate. Three of Mr. Davis’ full-length publications of poetry are Preliminary Report, Scrimmage of Appetite, for which he was honored with a Lannan Literary Award in Poetry, and Dangerous Amusements.