Slouching toward Radiance: Local author debuts her newest book | News

Local Author Heidi Barr has a new book called “Slouching toward Radiance” that was released April 12, 2022.

“Slouching toward Radiance” is a collection of nature poetry, meditations, gentle advice and nudges toward reflection. It’s an invitation to start where you are, to find beauty and healing in the everyday stuff of life, and to make the choices that lead to fully living in the ways that work best.

“This book flows with the arc of the day. For me, dawn is time to reflect before you move into high noon which is all about hard advice & suggestions. Midafternoon represents storms and surrender – a way to flow and navigate,” explained Barr. “And the golden hour occurs in late afternoon. This time is about invitations and blessings. Dusk gets into the importance of solitude and community,” said Barr.

“Slouching toward Radiance” features art by local artist Emily Anderson.

“I knew of Emily’s work and thought it fit perfectly with the theme of my books.”

This is the fifth book authored by Barr whose work consists of: “12 Tiny Things,” “Cold spring hallelujah,” “What comes Next,” “Woodland Manitou: To Be on Earth” and “Prairie Grown: Stories and recipes from a South Dakota Hillside.”

Originally from South Dakota, Barr has lived just outside of Lindstrom, MN for 12 years with her husband and 10-year-old daughter where they tend to a large vegetable garden, explore nature and do their best to live simply.

“My daughter loves drawing, art and exploring outside,” said Barr. “She is a great companion to have.”

“Growing up I loved writing stories and poems. Through High School & college I got away from writing, but around 2007 to 2008 I jumped on the blogging train,” explained Barr.

“I started writing about my experiences hiking and exploring the area. This eventually evolved into my first book in 2016, which was a cookbook inspired by parents farm that included recipes for each month of the year.”

“My second book ‘Woodland Manitou: To Be on Earth’ came out in 2017 and was based on essays about the St. Croix Valley. From there, I kept writing had a and people responded in a positive way,” said Barr.

In addition to authoring a series of nonfiction books, Barr also works as a wellness coach, holds a master’s degree in Faith and Health Ministries and is the managing editor of Wayfarer Magazine.

In 2022 Barr became a Poet of Place with ArtReach St. Croix. She is one of five St. Croix Valley poets who will be advocates and ambassadors for poetry and creativity in the lower St. Croix Valley. Similar to a poet laureate program, the Poets of Place program seeks to be representative of the rich and diverse cultures of poetry in the region.

For the next couple of months Barr will be busy attending podcasts and other promotional events for her new release. One of the events includes a book launch at ArtReach St. Croix in Stillwater May 5, 2022.

Barr recently signed another book contract for a nonfiction that comes out in January 2023.

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