About Ānanda Selah Ősel

Ananda Selah Osel is an avant-garde poet (in content not form) and non-fiction writer based in Olympia, Washington. His work has appeared in various domestic and international magazines. Ananda has done intense studies of Hinayana Buddhism and has also studied the philosophies of atheism and nihilism although he considers himself a rationalist. Ananda is the co-founder of the now defunct Activism for Humanity, and former president of the student groups Moslem Student Movement and the American Black Student Association. Currently Ananda is working towards a degree in contemplative psychoanalysis. He is the founding editor of The CommonLine Project. The Project is based out of Seattle / Olympia, Washington, and publishes interviews, poetry, non-fiction and social comment.

An Interview with Atheist Poet Ananda Selah Osel

Poet and essayist Ananda Selah Osel, whose work is published on The Eloquent Atheist, was recently interviewed, and during the process offered his perspective on atheism and how it influences his life and writing. In the end, the interviewer chose to focus on other matters when writing-up Ananda’s interview, but offered his comments on atheism to us, and so we are publishing them, knowing that his ideas, even at their most radical, can be assessed and appreciated by our readers. … Read on…

The Influence of Piety: Same-Sex Marriage

Nearly forty-five years after federal civil rights legislation was passed, the idea of treating people equally under the law is hardly controversial. However, sexual-oriented minorities have faced constant opposition from government officials and the people who elect and support them. Gays and Lesbians have been, and continue to be, legislated against and demonized. One may wonder why the United States lags so far behind other liberal western democracies when it comes to protecting its citizens. The answer is no doubt … Read on…

Alone With All of You

She explained it to me this way: god put the world together and afterwards added men then women from dust filled both with blood, organs brains and put souls inside among veins, tissues, water – seventy five percent I’m told – and after all that humans were complete ready to be judged by their creator invisible as she may be I have seen many things become full