Whispers From Her Deathbed
A Posthumous Poetry Collection
by Janavi Held
Edited by Catherine L. Schweig
2023 SILVER NAUTILUS BOOK AWARD WINNER in the category of Death & Dying / Grief & Loss Poetry
RUNNER-UP WINNER in the poetry category
Janavi Held (1965–2018) was a dancer, photographer, yogini, artist and poet born in Brooklyn. After struggling with chronic illness for years, she became bedridden in the last years of her life. During this time, Janavi immersed herself in artistic and spiritual growth.
Janavi passed away at the age of 53 in Colorado, leaving behind a voluminous oeuvre spanning across various mediums of expression.
Catherine L. Schweig, editor, founded Journey of the Heart: Women’s Spiritual Poetry in 2012, an online project from which five anthologies emerged, the latest titled Goddess: When She Rules (Golden Dragonfly Press, 2018). Catherine was a very dear friend of Janavi’s, who communicated very closely with her in the years leading up to her demise. Catherine serves on the board of the Janavi Held Endowed Poetry and Art Grant. She and her husband live near the Powhatan River, and together mentor students in ahimsa living via ancient yoga psychology and philosophy.