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Kaul, Wilimek gain recognition in national, Midwest book awards competition

Marley Kaul and Taiju Geri Wilimek of Bemidji received the award for Best Interior Book Design, and their book, "We Sit," was a finalist for the Best Inspirational title by the Midwest Independent Publishers Association. Submitted photo.

BEMIDJI—"We Sit," by Marley Kaul and Taiju Geri Wilimek of Bemidji, has been chosen as the winner for Best Interior Book Design, and was named a finalist for the Best Inspirational title by the Midwest Independent Publishers Association. Kaul and Wilimek were honored at MIPA's annual gala in St. Paul on May 4.

The collaboration between Kaul, an egg tempera painter, and Wilimek, a Zen-influenced poet, also was recognized by three national awards competitions that encourage the efforts of independent publishers.

The book was named a Silver Medalist by the Independent Publisher Book Awards in the Inspirational/Spiritual category.

It was also selected as a finalist for the daVinci Eye award for Best Cover Design by the prestigious Eric Hoffer Book Awards.

Most recently, "We Sit" was selected as a finalist in the Mind, Body and Spirit category by The Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

In addition, "When I was a kid," one of the poems by Wilimek in "We Sit," was published in the Spring 2019 issue of Buddhadharma, The Practitioner's Quarterly, an international journal published by Lion's Roar Foundation.

"We Sit" features 20 egg tempera paintings Kaul refers to as "The Meditation Suite," and 20 poems by Wilimek, influenced by her Zen practice. The book begins with an introduction in which Kaul and Wilimek explain that the works were created independently of each other while sharing a common interest in consciously examining mortality.