The Writer

Terrance Keenan is a former rare books and manuscripts librarian, and is also a poet, artist and Zen Buddhist monk. His books and essays include:

If Our Lives Be Spared, Syracuse University Press, 2007; a nonfiction history of the Collin family, from 1816 to 1895, who settled in the wilderness of Central NY, using selections from the huge family archives of diaries, correspondence, maps, farm records at the Onondaga Historical Association to tell not only the story of rural life in the 19th century but the private one involving courage, Lear-like betrayal, tragedy and extraordinary love seasoned with unexpectedly profound wisdom.

St. Nadie in Winter: Zen Encounters with Loneliness: Charles Tuttle, 2001.
Finalist for the national NAPRA Nautilus Award.
Republished in a second edition asĀ Zen Encounters with Loneliness, Wisdom Publications, 2014.

Practicing Eternity, BASFAL Books, 1996.

Other books: Herbal, Great Elm Press, 1986; Where My Feet Meet My Footsteps, Tamarack Editions, 1986; Cambios, Zephyr Press, 1979.

Anthologies: Atomic Ghosts, Coffeehouse Press; Nuke Rebuke, S.T.M.U. Press; On Turtles Back, White Pine Press; Ardis Anthology of New American Poetry, Ardis Publishers; Serpent’s Egg, Moonlight Publications; The Apple Anthology, State Street Press; River2, River Press.
Poems, essays and reviews in many journals including: The Georgia Review, Ironwood, Poetry Now, Blue Line, Caesura, Epoch, Contact II, Dacotah Territory, White Pine, Allegheny Poetry, River, Crabgrass, Athanor, The Spirit That Moves Us.