Anthony Guilbert is a writer, educator, and creative entrepreneur currently living & working in Colorado. A native New Yorker, Guilbert was born on Long Island, that small peninsula poet Walt Whitman called “fish-shaped Paumanok,” and resettled in 2004 along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
“A swaggering, earthy fellow,” Guilbert is an author of increasing diversity. Currently his writings can be found in both print & digital publications. Like the writers that inspire him, Guilbert’s oeuvre praises authenticity, individualism, and wildness; it reveres the natural world, physicality, and passion, while giving chase to the enigmatic. Though best known for his poetry; he also publishes on mindfulness, mind/body arts, human potential, and creativity.
A celebrated professor of writing, Guilbert is included in the 2004 issue of “Who’s Who Among American College Professors.” Over the past twenty years he has taught for colleges in New York & Colorado, and led writing seminars, and retreats, throughout America. Since 2006 Guilbert has also taught meditation and mind/body arts in colleges, public workshops and corporate retreats.
A life long advocate of mindfulness culture, Guilbert founded ‘The Guilbert Group’ to publish ‘Into Mountains, Over Streams: International Journal of Mind/Body Arts & Culture.‘ Operating from 2009 to 2016, this venture also provided holistic marketing services primarily to the mindfulness community and partnerships to promoted mindfulness culture. Guilbert sold his company in 2016 to return to teaching and writing full time.
Recently Guilbert’s interests have pivoted to exploring the intersection of mindfulness and creativity. His new venture ‘Empty Bowl Theory’ publishes ‘The Riverside Quarterly: a review of the art and practice of creativity’. He is also maintaining the site: ‘Free & Easy Wandering’, a collection of his personal writings that explore the path between creative & mindful living.
Once described as “a hulking, independent publisher in the Wm. Blake tradition,” Guilbert has maintained a thirty year love affair with small press publishing. From 1988 to 2004 he was the Press Manger for Writers Ink Press. At twenty-five he created his first imprint, Karma Dog Editions, which published from 1990 to 2005. In 2010, Guilbert founded the Mighty Rogue Press. In the last 30 years, Guilbert has designed and/or produced 68 small press editions and hosted numerous literary events.
The Other of the Coin:
In his youth, Guilbert studied Kōdōkan Judo, & Shin-shin Toitsu Aikido, and took up the study of Taiji and Qigong in his late-twenty’s. As he matured and his interest in martial arts waned, he explored of Zen Buddhism & Daoism in greater depth. His interest in Daoism lead to him become a certified teacher of ‘Integral Qigong and Tai Chi’ with the IIQTC in Santa Barbara. Though he no longer practices martial arts, Guilbert still maintains a daily mindfulness and Qigong practice.
With forty years of training behind him, Guilbert focuses primarily on mind/body integration, Qi-training, and human potential. As a teacher of mind/body arts, he is distinguished by a keen understanding of individual learning styles. “Guilbert brings a student centered approach to a field long overrun by Confucian teaching principles.” His goal is to help students cultivate an awareness of their own unique potential, the wisdom it provides, and to discover what they can create from it.