A Permeable Life: Poems & Essays

Newcomer is simultaneously releasing a companion book, A Permeable Life: Poems and Essays, with her new album, A Permeable Life. Newcomer has attracted a devoted following with her warm voice, exquisite melodies, and an irreverent yet spiritual view of the world. As in the work of poets Mary Oliver and Wendell Berry, Newcomer’s songs are based in the ordinary, and infused with images from the natural world.

A Companion Book Of Poetry And Essay Collection
Newcomer’s songs have always reflected a literary leaning, and she has long been considered a “writer’s writer,” evident in her many collaborations with celebrated authors such as Parker J. Palmer (The Courage to Teach, Let Your Life Speak and Healing the Heart of Democracy), neuroscientist Jill Bolte Taylor (My Stroke of Insight), theologian Philip Gulley (If Grace is True), environmentalist Scott Russell Sanders (A Private History of Awe), Rabbi Sandy Sasso, Barbara Kingsolver and more. So it makes sense that her latest music offering is accompanied by Newcomer’s first book of poetry and essays A Permeable Life: Poetry and Essays. This collection features works that were the starting point for many of her most beloved songs.


“A Permeable Life: Poems & Essays” is Carrie Newcomer’s first book, and it’s a cause for celebration. For over two decades, Carrie has gathered a legion of fans who know and love her work as a mindful, soulful singer-songwriter.

Parker J. Palmer, Author of Healing the Heart of Democracy, The Courage to Teach, and Let Your Life Speak

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