Foreword Reviews calls The Alchemy of Illuminated Poetry® a “master class experience”

This is a master class experience on the art and science of illustrated poetry. Xianna Michaels’s The Alchemy of Illuminated Poetry® is a surprising and successful hybrid of poetry and prose that serves as a meditative experience. A deeply personal yet universal outline, the book is unconventional in the best sense of the word. As […]

Kirkus hails The Alchemy of Illuminated Poetry® “A Message of Self Discovery”

A handbook that aims to help readers discover spiritual truth through unconventional poetry composition. This beautifully produced work from Michaels (Lily of the Valley, 2016, etc.) encourages one to embark on a modern-day, metaphorical version of the medieval alchemists’ quest to turn base metals into gold. One may refine oneself, the author says, to “attain one’s […]

Lily of the Valley is a Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award Finalist!

Posted by on Apr 21, 2017 in Lily of the Valley, Press & Reviews

I have some very special news to share: My book, Lily of the Valley—An American Jewish Journey, has been named a finalist for the Foreword Indies Book of the Year Award in the Religious (Adult Fiction) category for 2016! As many of you know, this story touches something deep inside of me, and it is […]

Foreword/Clarion gives “Lily of the Valley” a five star review

Posted by on Feb 14, 2016 in Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley is an elegantly bound poetic volume that celebrates the varied inheritances of Jewish American women with poignancy. Lily of the Valley is Xianna Michaels’s graceful and affecting poetic saga, the story of five generations of Jewish American women navigating the promises of the New World. The volume opens on a pogrom […]

“Mindel and The Misfit Dragons” – “Clever and Provocative” Proclaims The Jewish Book Council

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in Mindel and The Misfit Dragons

Dragons are usually a source of fear. How-ever, not in this book! Here dragons and people live side-by-side helping one another. Mindel, the young daughter of the castle owner, goes on a mission. Her family is in danger of losing their home and she must achieve all three parts of her quest if she wishes […]

Young Reader Reviews: “Such a cool book!”

I liked how there are dragons and castles and a really cool imaginary storyline and that little kids and big kids both enjoy reading it but I also love that the story is Jewish and I can relate to it. I also like how the dragons are misfits and my favorite misfit dragon is the […]

Michaels creates Shabbat tale complete with dragons

Posted by on Nov 29, 2014 in Press

By: Rabbi Rachel Esserman What do the laws of Shabbat and dragons have in common? The answer will be obvious for readers of “Mindel and the Misfit Dragons: A Magical Tale By An Ancient Hand” by Xianna Michaels (Alcabal Press). Michaels, the daughter of Samuel and Clare Ladenheim, of Binghamton, uses poetry to create a […]

Young Reader Reviews: “I love it!”

I like how that the guards of the palace of Draconmere like to eat cholent and take naps on Shabbos afternoon. I love how Pointilla is different from all other dragons and I love how she wants to be herself and she likes that she has her own tiny sparks of fire. I love pretty […]

Young Reader Reviews: Mindel and The Misfit Dragons – an amazing book

Mindel and The Misfit Dragons was an amazing book. I love how she was so persistent and how even though the dragons looked to be misfits, they had a place where they belonged. I think that the moral is no matter how much it may seem that you’re a misfit, G-d puts you in this […]

Forward/Clarion gives “Mindel and The Misfit Dragons” a four star review

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in Mindel and The Misfit Dragons

A young girl joins forces with a group of misfit dragons to save her home in this exciting adventure told in beautiful verse. Mindel and the Misfit Dragons, a lushly illustrated rhyming fairy tale, assures tweens in those awkward middle years that it’s okay to be different because they will eventually find a place where […]