Scott Vanya

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I've been writing for a very long time, what seems like my whole life, taking it seriously from the time I was about 11. Now, at 46, I think I may be starting to get the hang of it: Say what you feel, as passionately as you can, but always with an ear turned to those who are listening.
Most of my more serious work is done at live performances, which i do totally extemporaneously, channeling the mood of the room as my fingers play on the guitar. You can see some of that if you go to "my" website. (Open Mics Austin is a platform I created to showcase the Spoken Word scene here in Austin, TX. Only a small role in which i play.)
As far as I can tell what makes good writing is LOVE. Love ,plainly simply, and with no strings attached.
I put these words/books before you, not so much because I want something back from it, because I think and feel like I feel my bones and my soul, if you were to see the world, experience it like it do, for even a brief moment, you would walk away from that happier, more alive, compassionate and in tune with all those around you.
Peace, good will, and harmony. Let those be your guiding light.
Agape forever,
Scott Vanya

Publication Credits:
Stepping Stones Magazine, The Main Street Rag, www.carcinogenicpoetry.com, Texas Art Initiative, Phoenix New Life Poetry, Walt’s Corner, Manna, Perigee, Chicago Literary Review, Mobius, Cosmic Trend, Pitchfork, Romantics Quarterly, Artisan, Pegasus, The Neovictorian, Red Owl, The Story Teller, The Blind Man's Rainbow, Atlantic Pacific Press

Where to find Scott Vanya online


Books

Too Much, Not Enough
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 8,390. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Too Much/Not Enough, Might As Well Fly Away, and Cuz Somewhere Along The Line I Forgot My Self, are three books issued as a set, this one draws its verve from the place where one asks "Do I not have enough?", love, grace, energy, or "Do I have too much?" caring, compassion, love. As such it is the most difficult of the 3. Yet, to all of them, each of their unique threads also runs.
Might As Well Fly Away
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 9,950. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Might As Well Fly Away, Cuz Somewhere Along The Line I Forgot My Self, and Too Much/Not Enough, are three books issued as a set, this one encompasses the sense of freedom that comes from feeling you have accomplished your mission, that is to say have arrived at the place where you no longer hold anything or one as an enemy and truly Love all things. To that regard it speaks of emancipation.
Cuz Somewhere Along The Line I Forgot My Self
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 10,100. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Cuz Somewhere Along The Line I Forgot My Self, Might As Well Fly Away and Too Much/Not Enough, are three books issued as a set, this one encompasses the liberation that comes from loss, and all that is to be gained from "Reaching Within and Taking Out". The poems contained here in speak to the liberation of the spirit within and how when any man or woman does so we are all made better by it.
Free for an Unlimited Time
Price: Free! Words: 7,570. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
There is something inside me which predates me. There is something outside me which will end after I do. Yet Here, in the Middle, the Eternal Inside You and the Eternal Inside I can meet hold hands and rejoice in that. Peace and Love Outlasting. Glad we are in this time and space together.
Conduits of the Sublime
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 5,480. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
I've been feeling in recent months the infinitesimal boundary between ourself and the sublime. And the veneer DOES disappear. And then and only then do true poems come out. All the writing I have ever done, is just a means of wearing away that layer: being ever closer to the moment, the moment that does not end. If these poems are conduits to the sublime, then so is every man and every woman.
Regret's Demise
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 17,290. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Regret's Demise is a collection of poems written specifically to document the process of killing regret in the poet's life. Mr. Vanya had had enough of regret and so decided to kill it. The poems in the book document that process (formally some not so) as to how one might go about living without regret. Worthy, optimistic, emphatic, inspirational. Take a leap of faith, and try it yourself. Freedom
CarryAway Seeds
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 6,620. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
CarryAway Seeds is a deliberate collection, by Mr. Vanya, to house in a single volume simply put ideas, that transcend the small words which elucidate them. And in that we too might put them in the pockets of our heart, share them, hold only for a moment, as we might a butterfly or moth, then Set Free! Until inspired enough, we realize poems are only as fresh as the lips that speak them. Release!
My Body is a Forest-Ash/Right Leg
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 20,680. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
In "My Body is a Forest-Willow/Right Leg", Mr. Vanya hurtles forward, abandons his fears of recklessness, runs, crouches/springs, ever taking us on a journey, sometimes down, but also up. Up where All of Us dance together. Not just people, but rocks, soot, ash, birds, sky. To Mr. Vanya, while the issues of our time are money and despair, the Answer is simple: We ONLY run when we dance together!
My Body is a Forest-Willow/Left Leg
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 15,640. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
In "My Body is a Forest-Willow/Left Leg", Mr. Vanya stretches up, reaches out, walks away. Sits for a moment in sorrow, grief, frustrations (the same we all do), then from the Legs he lifts up, carries on, picks up others, and moves "Forward". "Where will this moment take us", Mr. Vanya says in Willow. His reply "Forward" if you both allow it to, and you exert some force on yourself/your heart.
My Body is a Forest-Cypress/Right Arm
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 16,910. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
In "My Body is a Forest, Cypress/Right Arm", Mr. Vanya embraces the possibility that it takes not only passion to live life fully and to the benefit of mankind, but courage, faithfulness, and comradery. And as with all of Mr. Vanya's poems, the result is simple: Embrace every last iota of it, and hold nothing back. As a single book, Cypress is an extended hand, as a part of the whole: a seed.
My Body is a Forest-Elm/Left Arm
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 16,910. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
In this part of the "My Body is a Forest", esp. "Elm/Left Arm", Mr. Vanya has included all of the poems which "do the work" of living. The heavy lifting from the dark and frustrated places of life to the more elevated sanctuaries of hope, love, human kindness and compassion. And as in all of his books, what ever Voice he speaks for, carries us with it. Hope is the answer, and human-hood the goal.
Eagle's Wings
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 15,700. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Eagle's Wings is a grand and soaring flight of a young man as he pursues bold concepts like "God", "Man", "Love" and "love", "fate", "eternity", "grace" and "life". All of which are handled in the simplest of language and with the richest of heart and mind. Mr. Vanya's first book, but by no means simplistic nor raw. Even as a young man, you can see the Vision that shaped the rest of his life.
My Body is a Forest-Pecan/Head
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 18,700. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
My Body is a Forest-Pecan/Head are the collected thoughtful poems of Mr. Vanya in which he conjectures poetically, that A Leaf Grass is just not enough to encompass a man nor woman, we need a Whole Forest! And thusly, each thought-seed-poem is one which considered and tended well might grow into a tree of not His but YOUR own.
My Body is a Forest-Oak/Torso
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 21,650. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
My Body is a Forest-Oak./Torso is the central piece of Mr. Vanya's collection of his Body of work. From long dramatic monologues, in one of which the speaker is Jesus Christ being resurrected from the Cave, to others (less serious) where he is "Enlightened" or "The Water from The Well", in which he conjoins the audience in his drive (and success) and bringing forth "The Master".
Once Upon This Time
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 25,560. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
This is my current collection of short stories, ranging from the very short, to longer. They are offered as an example of Writerly Insight: where we See the characters, and in only a few words come to Know them. If we are both lucky, they will not only hold your attention, but inspire you to write you own short stories. Note: one piece is a quasi-short story, stanzaic in nature.
Because Sometimes Magic Comes in the Simplest of Things
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 12,120. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
This book is a "A Little Bit of Anti-Logical Thinking in a Prose Poem Collection", neither real nor imaginative, only a rendering of what I either heard or saw with my REAL eye. The one that lurks inside of each of us, just out of sight, yet talks to us, sometimes, sweetly and gently, and other times screams with tornado winds: "Write ME!!!" it says. "Write ME! and Be Damned the consequences!"
Play! Play! Play! And Play Some More!-A Children Story Collection
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 5,340. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Dedicated to my (specifically and all in general) children, who while not making the joy-ney worth taking, have made it a heck of a lot more fun. Hugs and Endless Joy. Peace. This is my current collection of children stories: for, to, and about them. I strongly feel, it is from this "type" of story that Humanities Real Heart sings.
The Book of Flowers, Birds, and Kisses
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 8,030. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
The Book of Flowers, Birds, and Kisses is a collection of Scott Vanya's love poems, spanning many tones, rhythms and meters, and seeks to honor the Romantic Life of humans, before, during and after marriage.
Keyhole
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 8,840. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Mr. Vanya wrote Keyhole with utmost courage and simplicity, revealing his inner soul, not for the sake of cherishing in it (as might have Whitman) but because (as he says) it is a keyhole, to a doorway we may all step through if we only abide in "honesty". "What comes out of your doorway when you open your heart?"- Mr. Vanya
In a Gift From Adam and Finding My Way Out of a Mental Breakdown
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 9,310. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
In a Gift from Adam is the poetic journal of a man recovering from a mental breakdown. It is a testament to the power of poetry and even more so to the act of writing it. As the author makes sense of his incomprehensible world we also are able to experience hand that transformation. While many such books have been written, few have been do so by talented and gifted writers.
The OSMOSIS Poems - writings from within and out of The Dream - Part 4
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 8,530. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Mr. Vanya-Agape is really not a conclusion, but like the "Previous" and "Next" buttons within these books, a means of going back and forth from the sublime to the mundane and vice versa. This book is not intended to be a tool for self-expression, rather a Channel where others minds eye's can see distant tributaries of Hope and Love long after they have "turned off the power".
The OSMOSIS Poems - writings from within and out of The Dream - Part 3
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 8,870. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
In this, the 3rd part of The OSMOSIS Poems, Mr. Vanya chisels more marble off of the sculpture he is attempting to reveal: sometimes going so deeply he reveals the Emptiness Within, only emerging from there with in a brighter, more positive and optimistic torch to bear. In his terms, Book 3 is about "Positivity": Seeing reality openly and honestly empowers us with Courage and Universal Compassion.
The OSMOSIS Poems - writings from within and out of The Dream - Part 2
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 9,570. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
This is the 2nd part of The OSMOSIS Poems series of 4 books, and continues its exploration of "Agape", loving without attachment. In mostly longer poems, Mr. Vanya continues to unfold ever deeper petals of The Flower of Universal Love. Rarely are poets so open about All Things In/E-ternal. He not only does it admirably with verve, but equally well with scholarship and joy.
The OSMOSIS Poems - writings from within and out of The Dream - Part 1
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 10,560. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
This is the 1st part of The OSMOSIS Poems series of 4 books, and like it's brothers and sisters, hold many gems of insight and compassion, which reach that place, The Dreamer Within Us All. The poems speak to a higher love, one not bounded by intolerance, nor hate. And do indeed, act as "feel good poetry" . Perhaps, as Mr. Vanya, would say "nows the time for just such a thing. Let it ring!"
Setting My Spirit Free
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 13,630. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
In Setting My Spirit Free, Scott Vanya achieves a mode of communication unfettered by his own judgments of himself or others. In seeing and writing from the Agape/Unattached Love perspective, Mr. Vanya is able to uncover, reveal, and share a rich and boundless love for all things. Indeed, you can "see" his spirit flying free and are thankful that you as the reader are swept along for the ride.
Getting Back to My Desk or After a Brief Hiatus
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 12,570. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
These poems are a collection of a middle age writer who has learned what he can and can not live without. They come from a deep place, full of dark waters, full of love, warmth, and compassion for The Lonely One in us all. They speak of hope, faith, and an Unbridled Love for The Family of Man.
Conception of a Child
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 4,570. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
This book of poetry is a collection of poems from 1986-1988, written by a young man during the early college years, becoming aware that he has a Voice and what it is that So holds his attention he would want to write about it. They are simple in their beauty and reminiscent of ancient Chinese, Japanese, and North American Indian poetry: full of love and boundless wonder and joy.
Revelation
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 11,920. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Revelation is a compilation/best-of spanning from 1986 to 2006 and brings together some of the sweetest and most sensitive works of a man who has and always will be in search of the purest and truest expression of the human soul.

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