Pilgrims Process Authors


Elyn Aviva

A pilgrim at heart, Elyn Aviva is happiest when she is doing research on and writing about sacred sites and spiritual quest. Elyn earned a Ph.D in cultural anthropology at Princeton University (1985) where her dissertation topic was the modern-day pilgrimage on the 500-mile-long Camino de Santiago in Spain. It was the first anthropological dissertation on the Camino, and Following the Milky Way, her travel narrative based on her experiences and her research, was the first contemporary American account of the pilgrimage.

Not one to rest on her laurels, she also earned a Master of Divinity degree from Iliff School of Theology (1997) and has established herself as a fiber artist who creates pieces that, like her writing, are expressions of her spiritual life.

She currently lives in Girona, Spain, with her husband Gary. They travel to sacred sites and powerful places, and are co-authors of the Powerful Places Guidebooks, a series which currently includes seven guidebooks.

Titles by Elyn Aviva:
Walking Through Cancer: A Pilgrimage of Gratitude on the Way of St. JamesThe Journey: A Novel of Pilgrimage and Spiritual QuestDead End on the Camino;  When Aloha Means Goodbye: A Noa Webster Mystery; Where Heaven and Earth Unite; Following the Milky Way; Powerful Places in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly; Powerful Places in Wales; Powerful Places in Ireland; Powerful Places in Scotland; Powerful Places in Brittany; Powerful Places in Catalonia; Powerful Places on the Caminos de Santiago

Gary White

After his retirement from Iowa State University as a Distinguished Professor of Music, Gary White was just getting started. It didn't matter that he had composed over 50 published musical compositions, that he had developed the music theory curriculum for the university or that he had authored numerous textbooks on music theory...this man had not even begun to scratch the surface of what he wanted to do!

Since he "retired", he has become the owner and publisher of Pilgrims Process Publishing where he is responsible for the design, production and distribution of all titles published by the company. In addition, he is also an established author in his own right that has written his memoir called Pebbles: Memories of a Small-Town Kansas Boy. He has also co-authored Powerful Places Guidebooks with his wife Elyn Aviva based on their travel to sacred sites and powerful places. The series focuses on transformational travel, specifically how to "experience" a place, not simply "visit" it. 

Gary currently lives in Girona (Catalonia), Spain, with Elyn. When he is not following his writing pursuits, he is a labyrinth facilitator that has built a number of portable and permanent labyrinths. He is also trained in Healing Touch, Reiki Healing, Swedish massage, Phenomenal Touch, and hot stone massage. He might also be walking...he has walked the Camino de Santiago across Spain and the French Chemin de St-Jacques from Le Puy-en-Velay to the Pyrenees.

Titles by Gary White:

Powerful Places in Cornwall and the Isles of ScillyPowerful Places in WalesPowerful Places in Ireland; Powerful Places in Scotland; Powerful Places in BrittanyPowerful Places on the Caminos de SantiagoPowerful Places in Catalonia

Dr. Leonard Feinberg

Dr. Leonard Feinberg was internationally respected as an authority on humor and satire. After serving as a naval officer in World War II, he returned to complete his Ph.D. in American Literature. He then taught at Iowa State University for 35 years where he was a Distinguished Professor Emeritus that taught courses in American literature, creative writing, and satire. He authored numerous academic publications, satiric works, and novels. His honors include the ISU Professor of the Year, and he was a Fulbright lecturer that traveled and spoke all over the world.

Titles by Dr. Leonard Feinberg: The Satirist; Introduction to Satire; the Secret of Humor; Asian Laughter; Hypocrisy: Don't Leave Home Without It; The ET Visitor's Guide to the USA; Where the Williwaw Blows: The Aleutian Islands - World War II; Waking the Tiger: A Novel of Sri Lanka

Rev. Chad R. Abbott & Rev. Everett Mitchell

Rev. Chad R. Abbott and Rev. Everett Mitchell collaborated to write Breaking Silence: Pastoral Approaches for Creating an Ethos of Peace, a guide intended to provide pastors and local congregations with direction in dealing with issues related to war. Their main theme is the hope that a new world can be created that embraces an ethos of peace, not war.

Rev. Abbott is a graduate of Greenville College and Princeton Theological Seminary, and he currently serves as a pastor in the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

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Rev. Mitchell, a graduate of Morehouse College and Princeton Theological Seminary School spend his time when he is not writing working with troubled teens at the Evolutions Center in Madison, Wisconsin.

Titles by Rev. Chad R. Abbott & Rev. Everett Mitchell:
Breaking Silence: Pastoral Approaches for Creating an Ethos of Peace

Francis Xavier Aloisio

To say that Francis Xavier Aloisio is passionate about the history of Malta would be an understatement. Born on the island of Malta, he spent more than half of his life abroad as a missionary priest in Peru, and later in England where he settled. After he returned to Malta, he had a strong urge to promote the unique important of its prehistoric culture, and he set out to do research on the Maltese Temples and how they embody the history of humanity - past, present and future. He first created a collection of paintings and then followed that up with his unique and contemplative writings.  

Titles by Francis Xavier Aloisio: 
The Age of Magic and Wisdom

Dr. Rashid (Resit) Ergener

An economist with degrees from Yale and Oxford, Dr. Rashid Ergener had a distinguished career as a Professor of Economics at the prestigious Bogazici University in Istanbul. After he retired from his career in education, he turned his passion for Turkish history and culture into a second career by becoming one of the most sought-after tour guides for visiting diplomats, dignitaries and discriminating Western tourists. Considered one of the foremost experts on Turkish history, Rashid has written several books about the country, its politics and its economy. 

Titles by Dr. Rashid (Resit) Ergener:
About Turkey: Geography, Economy, Politics, Religion, and Culture; Anatolia: Land of Mother Goddess

Linda L. Lasswell (Spaulding)

When Linda Lasswell is not busy as the contact administrator and production coordinator at Popejoy Hall, New Mexico's largest performing arts center (where she is affectionately known as the Hospitality Queen!), she can be found writing travel journals. Many of her stories are based on her pilgrimages along the Camino de Santiago or her year-long adventure with her husband and two sons aboard their small sailboat that carried them over the North Sea and Baltic Sea, and through the Dutch waterways where they eventually became the winter caretakers of a 100-year-old barge. Through fictionalized accounts of her explorations, Linda shares internal and external explorations with her readers in unique and profound ways.

Titles by Linda L. Lasswell (Spaulding):
Walking Home

Gaea Shaw

If you are looking for inspiration, look no further than Gaea Shaw. In 1993, she was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and had to undergo a heart transplant. Her story is about facing challenges, being miserable, finding faith, learning to let go and learning to trust. She encourages all of us to experience an abundant life that is filled with gratitude - no matter the odds. And when that advice comes from someone who has gone from being a heart transplant recipient to being a gold-medal winner at the Olympic-style Transplant Games, it is hard not to take it to heart...pun intended!

Gaea was an elementary teacher for 27 years, and she coordinated an after-school homework help program at her local public library in Lafayette, Colorado. Regrettably, she has recently passed on.

Titles by Gaea Shaw: 
Dying to Live

William A. Weber

What hasn't naturalist William Weber done? He has been ornithologist, a botanist, amateur actor, a tenor, a recorder player, reader to seniors and an explorer. In addition, he is also interested in Colorado's plants and their discoverers. William has written monographs of lichens and mosses of the Galapagos Islands and has traveled the world over as he has written more than 20 books and 200 scientific papers. A Fellow of the Linnean Society of London, his biographical subjects have included botanist Wilhelm N. Suksdorf, C.C. Parry, a 19th-century botanist from Iowa, Askell and Doris Love, world-famous plant taxonomists, and naturalist Theo Cockerell. Did we mention that 26 plant species have been named after him?

Titles by William A. Weber: 
The Valley of the Second Sons: Letters of Theodore Dru Alison Cockerell; Bryophytes of Colorado: Mosses, Liverworts, and Hornworts

Allen Young

Allen Young made his mark as a music critic when he began reviewing theater, film and records for the The Denver Post in 1948. Over the next five decades, he wrote for Cervi's Journal, Time magazine, Life magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Opera News, Musical America, and The Daily Journal covering everything from the arts to environmental matters to medicine. He also served as the Denver correspondent for Variety magazine from 1963-2004. 
Titles by Allen Young: 
Exotic & Irrational: Opera in Denver - 1879-2006