Janine Canan

Illustrated by Ernest Posey


Paperback / $18.00 / ISBN-13: 978-1-58790-137-9 / 36 pages / 8” x 8”  / illustrated


Indian Mythology


The story of the Navajo Creation Goddess, Changing Woman, by poet Janine Canan, exquisitely illustrated with contemporary “sand paintings” by artist Ernest Posey.


Janine Canan is the author of a book of stories, Journeys with Justine, a collection of essays, Goddesses, Goddesses, and several volumes of poetry, including In the Palace of Creation: Selected Works 1969-1999, Changing Woman (Small Press Review “Pick”), and Of Your Seed (NEA Grant). She translated the poetry of Else Lasker-Schüler in Star in My Forehead (BookSense and City Lights “Pick”), and edited Messages from Amma: In the Language of the Heart (“Best Spiritual Books 2004”) and the award-winning anthology, She Rises like the Sun: Invocations of the Goddess by Contemporary American Women Poets. Canan graduated from Stanford with distinction, received her MD from New York University, and is a practicing psychiatrist in Sonoma, California. Her web site is


Ernest Posey is an artist and writer, a native of New Orleans, who now lives and works in rural Mendocino County, California. He has shown his paintings and mixed-media works in over two dozen one-man exhibitions. His work is in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Oakland Museum, the San Jose Museum of Art, the Santa Barbara Museum, the Achenbach Collection and numerous private collections. He believes that “in our times, the artist’s studio has succeeded the alchemist’s laboratory.” To illustrate the legend of Changing Woman he used “sand painting” (black sand, moved with feathers, on the glass of a photocopier), pencil drawing and collage with found pictures.

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