Book and Book Chapters

“Hollis draws upon her own personal experience and expertise to illustrate how the experience of dying can be positively affected by and with music. Of special note is the documented discussion of the use of music in hospice care and the valued role can play as part of palliative medicine for terminal illnesses…Superbly organized, informed and informative…” Read the full review from the Midwest Book Review.

Music at the End of Life: Easing the Pain and Preparing the Passage (Praeger) is available through any local independent bookstore and many public libraries.

Healing into Wholeness in the Episcopal Church in Religion and Healing in America, Linda Barnes and Susan Sered, Eds. (University of Oxford Press)

The New York Times 

The Opinion Pages and the Sunday Review Songs of Transition
On Work Providing the Soundtrack for Life’s Last Moments

The Washington Post 

On Parenting I let my stepdaughter find out the sex of my baby, but had her keep it a secret from me

The Pew Charitable Trusts 

Issue brief How Faith Communities Facilitate Conversations Around End-Of-Life Concerns
Q&A interviews with faith leaders

Personal Essays 

Harvard Review (HR57), How to Find a Healing
Harvard Review (online), Last First Date
River Teeth’s Beautiful Things, Footfall
Jellyfish Review, How to Find the Perfect Rock 
The Rumpus, How to Stay
Real Simple How I Used a Yankee Swap to Clean My Whole Basement
Literary Mama Everything Counts
The HerStories Project Hearing the Wake-Up Call of Your Creative Life
Literary Mama blog On Writing Every Day
Word Riot The Flying Room


The Christian Century Dying Wishes 
The Progressive Music for the Dying
Sojourners blog What Churches Don’t Get About Ministering to Marginalized Women
Next Avenue (Twin Cities Public Television) For the Dying, Music can be Magic
Religious Healing In Boston: Reports from the Field (Susan Sered, Editor) Lotus Flowers and Rose Windows: A Season of Visits to Hospital Chapels
Religious Healing in Boston: First Findings, Susan Sered and Linda L. Barnes, Eds. God Always Heals, But Does Not Always Cure: The Search for Healing in the Episcopal Church


Crossroads, One Way to Disappear (winner, 2019 Crossroads International Contest, selected by Maggie Smith)
The Poet’s Billow, One Way to Disappear (winner, 2018 Atlantis Award)
Breakwater Review, Baby Boy Hollis (finalist, Peseroff Prize in Poetry)
Atlanta Review, A pledge to the dead requires no proof (finalist, International Publication Prize)
Public Poetry, One Way to Disappear (finalist, published in ENOUGH anthology)
Entropy, 5. Do; the good captain orders a second ginger ale and reaches for the want ads on the bar
Cagibi Most of That Life
Crosswinds Poetry Journal, How I can do it
The Dewdrop, Baby Boy Hollis


Cleaver Magazine While the iPhone was in Rice