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 

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

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 57, How to Find a Healing
Harvard Review (online), Last First Date
The Rumpus, Voices on Addiction: How to Stay
River Teeth’s Beautiful Things, Footfall
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
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


Breakwater Review, Baby Boy Hollis (finalist, Peseroff Prize in Poetry)
Cagibi, Most of That Life
8 Poems, You Know
Peatsmoke Journal, Incantation
Entropy, 5. Do; the good captain orders a second ginger ale and reaches for the want ads on the bar
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)
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)
Crosswinds Poetry Journal, How I can do it
The Dewdrop, Baby Boy Hollis


Cleaver Magazine While the iPhone was in Rice