Zen Peacemakers International (ZPI) Journal Entry Posted

Zen Peacemakers International (ZPI) has just published a poem I wrote entitled The Rites Preparatory to the Commencement of a Journey. The poem makes reference to Roshi Bernie Glassman and his teachings, and the journal entry has introductory text about how I came to write the poem.

You can view the current Zen Peacemakers Journal, which contains many fascinating entries, or you can go directly to the journal entry for The Rites Preparatory to the Commencement of a Journey.

Thanks to ZPI for the beautiful formatting of the poem, and the opportunity to be part of the journal.


Stephen Billias, Writer
A Book of Fields: Tales from the Pioneer Valley
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A Year of Accomplishments

The year 2019 was one of accomplishments for me and my wife Bela. We brought out A Book of Fields, the collection of fictional short stories about the Pioneer Valley and the people who live here. We had a big book launch party in October, and multiple readings in bookstores and other venues in the area, including one last night, Wednesday, January 8th, 2020, at the Forbes Library in Northampton, Massachusetts, organized by the Straw Dog writer’s group. The book received fantastic reviews. And to top it all off, we wrote a novel together! More on that subject later. On to 2020, with hopes for more success to come.

Reading and Signing at Amherst Books

On Wednesday, September 25th, Amherst Books hosted a reading and signing event for A Book of Fields. The evening was a great success! Friends and acquaintances turned out, and we sold some books.

Stephen closeup
Stephen closeup

Many thanks to Nat Herold and the folks at Amherst Books!

Stephen at Lectern

If you missed the event in Amherst, please come to the book launch party in October, thanks!

Saturday, October 19, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Windhorse Hill Retreat Center 595 River Road, Deerfield, MA There will be great music by The Green Sisters.

Book reading, signing, beverages, snacks and a chance to buy the book if you haven’t pre-ordered already.
RSVP Book Launch Party

First Newspaper Review

First Newspaper Review

A Book of Fields has received it’s first newspaper review, from author Tinky Weisblat in the Greenfield Recorder of Thursday, August 29th, 2019.  You can read the whole fantastic review from the link above, here are some excerpts:
There are 25 gems in ‘A Book of Fields,’ a delightful new collection of stories about the Pioneer Valley by Stephen Billias of Deerfield.”
Billias deftly paints portraits of places and people in them that are full of color — and often full of humor and heartbreak. His characters are fictional yet they will seem true and familiar to the reader.”
A Book of Fields” may be the best book I have reviewed this year. It will make you laugh and sigh and treasure every field and every person around you.”
Many thanks to Tinky for this glowing review!

Book Launch Party for A Book of Fields

We’re pleased to announce that Odeon Press is publishing A Book of Fields, Stephen’s collection of short stories about people in the Pioneer Valley. The party will be Saturday, October 19, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Windhorse Hill Retreat Center 595B River Road, Deerfield, MA.  There’ll be great music by The Green Sisters, four real sisters from Hubbardston in the valley who sing in beautiful sisterly harmony. Please join us for this exciting event!

I’ve signed on with Claudia Gere

I’m happy to let everyone know that I’ve signed on with speaker, author consultant, book coach, and literary agent Claudia Gere http://www.claudiagereco.com/ for representation of the fantasy novel 1001 Office Days that I completed recently. I look forward to working with Claudia to place 1001 Office Days with a publisher.

1001 Office Days, or How I became a Corporate Wizard is a collection of forty tales of enchantment and magic in an unlikely setting—the cubicles, conference rooms, and offices of The Insurance Company (TIC). Business Analyst Bob Markham discovers realms of the supernatural hidden in his workplace and evolves into a Corporate Wizard under the tutelage of the good witch Gwynda.

More on 1001 Office Days later.