Zayra Yves

Lanterns is sensual, spiritual and lyrical. It is a journey of sacred love as it weaves a tale of sorrow thru transformation. Several of the poems share the love story of Mary Magdalene and Jesus.

Zayra's creative writing is published in numerous print journals, anthologies, on-line e-zines and magazines: The Zimbabwe Situation, Panhandler Quarterly, Voices for Africa, Eyes of the Poet, Kreativ, Reflections IIT Madras (India), Edge Life Magazine, Poetry Life & Times, Astropoetica, Alehouse Press, 34th Parallel, Feeling is First, Memoir (and), Aquillrelle and The Enchanting Verses International Journal.

She has appeared as a featured artist and/or guest speaker at: New Sun Celebration; CIIS California Institute of Integral Studies; on Ken Wilber's Integral Naked (2006 & 2007);OneMindVillage; West Marin Community Radio; SW Radio Africa; North Western University Chicago; Zimvibes; Coolfire (UK); Women's Radio Network; Perfectly Said; Mazungue Studio One; TWiN (UK); Genpo Roshi and Bill Harris' Big Heart Big Mind seminiar in LA; UltraFeel TV; UniVerse of Poetry; BlogTalk Radio and the Awareness Network.

Awards include:

Zayra Yves is the winning poet from the "An African Legend: White Lions and Leopards" contest. She joined the conservation team at Tsau where the White Lions live in Timbavati, South Africa, as her prize, plus publication in the book.

Her short story "Exit Ashes, Exit Blues, Exit This Life" won an honorable mention in Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope All Story contest.

Zayra's fine art collection has appeared from 1998 to present at the following California locations: Dore Dore Gallery, San Mateo; Somar Gallery, San Francisco; UC Berkeley, San Francisco Campus; Body Harmony, San Francisco; Dana Street Cafe, Mountain View; Cafe Libro, Mountain View; Maitri Art Show & Auction, Embarcadero Center; Cad's Coffee Shop, Los Osos; One World Cafe, San Francisco; The Hive Gallery, Los Angeles; The Artist's Alley, San Francisco.

She has three audio collections:

1.) Crowned Compassion 2.) Sleep in the Sea Tonight with Me 3.) Retrograde Motion 4.) Lanterns

In addition, she is the author of four books:

1.) Empty as Nirvana 2.) Ordinary Substance 3.) Color Me Pomegranate 4.) Leaving You Unpainted

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Sleep In The Sea Tonight With Me

Zayra Yves

This is a poetic confession of sensual drunken charm and every kind of love that is on the journey toward finding the lover within, as well as in another. Zayra shares her passion, heartbreak and delicate soul of love, as one who never gives up on loving.

Sleep in the Sea Tonight with Me reminds us that once you love with complete surrender there is no shore to turn back to, no map or language to describe the depths of such emotions, or the loss that follows and the paradox of wholeness all at once. In this sensual poetic collection, you will want to submerge yourself in the waters of love over and over again; you will volunteer to be lost in the sea of ecstasy.

The hard copy of Sleep in the Sea Tonight with Me comes with a six panel black and white photography session that accompanies the listener on a beautiful journey into the soul of passion, eros and love. Even if you are a digital download junkie, you will want the photos that accompany this collection! Sexy and sensual, moody and erotic, timeless and in exotic bloom.

Zayra Yves is published in numerous journals, print publications and on-line literary reviews. Her audio collections appear on radio stations internationally and her first book Empty as Nirvana was released in July 2007. For more information you can visit her web site:

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Crowned Compassion

Zayra Yves

Innovative, sultry, ethereal, and earthy love grounded in intellectual journeys from San Francisco to South Africa combined with jazz, mysticism, tribal lore, and innocence. If you like Neruda, Hafiz and Rumi.then you will love Zayra.

Zayra’s beautiful and mesmerizing voice is accompanied by the musical compositions of two talented and gifted blues and jazz musicians: Allen Ross and Mike Thomas. The string instruments were created by Mike Thomas of Zamar Instruments.

The track ”Free Us From the Claws of Cruelty” was written for and dedicated to the people of Zimbabwe, who have endured the extreme hardships of genocide and starvation. A portion of the proceeds from this CD go to the Seeds of Light organization ( to benefit the children living in South Africa.

Zayra's poetry has appeared in various magazines and journals, such as Zimbabwe Situation, The Panhandler Quarterly, Eyes of the Poet, IITM, Astropoetica and Alehouse Press. She has been interviewed and performed her work on two radio shows: SW Radio Africa (appearing on this CD) and West Marin Community Radio for The House of the Poet.

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