Welcome! I’m Patricia Billings ~ author, publisher, wisdom worker, mindfulness guide and advocate. I invite you to read my biography below and then the pages on my multidisciplinary work, which interconnects like this:
~ As an author and publisher, I contribute to greater equality in the vital sites of language and literature, hence the site name: equal language.
~ As a wisdom worker and mindfulness guide, I advise and guide organizations and individuals, including advocates for equity at different intersections.
Please visit the Author page to learn more about my books, which are wonderful and meaningful for children ~ and for adults too! They are all available in English and 17 bilingual editions, so they really are for everybody!
And please visit the Mindfulness guide page to learn about my offerings, which can help support you or your organization.
The Happenings page naturally highlights all my latest happenings and doings, so please check it out too ~ thank you!
I am grateful to you for being here. Let’s keep connecting here and on Instagram @pbillings02 (where I mainly post Stories!).
In one of my main professional roles, I am an author and consulting publisher and editor for Milet Publishing. I founded Milet with Sedat Turhan in 1995 and directed the company with him for 15 years, based in London, Izmir and Chicago, growing it into a leading independent publisher of multilingual books, with a list of over 1000 titles in English and 23 languages. Over the years, Milet has broken barriers and uplifted readers and creators through its dedication to diverse languages, audiences, writers, illustrators, art and themes. Milet is a leader in world literature for adults too, since 2000, publishing over 20 volumes of Turkish literature in English translation, in a rich list that includes many women, queer and radical writers.
As a publisher and editor for over three decades, I am expert at cultivating authors, guiding them and honing their voices. I have curated, organized and hosted many literary festivals and events; guest lectured and given addresses at universities, including a commencement address; presented at numerous academic, professional and community conferences; and served on policy advisory committees on literature, language and education. I am a trustee of Outside In World, an organization that promotes children’s literature in translation. As a freelancer, I have developed, written and edited primary, secondary and higher education resources, and I have edited scholarly books for university presses. I also taught adult literacy for years in Chicago and Los Angeles.
Prior to starting Milet, I worked in Washington, DC – with the International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (EAFORD) and Without Prejudice, the EAFORD international review of racial discrimination; with the North American Coordinating Committee for NGOs on the Question of Palestine; and with the Jordan Information Bureau, where my jobs included: research, writing, editing, communications, policy analysis, media analysis, lobbying and advocacy. I worked with the Palestinian and Jordanian delegations to the Middle East peace talks in Washington. And I was an editor at The Jordan Times newspaper in Amman.
I have worked in film and media too – with the independent production firm NDF International in London, the London Film Festival, and the International Film Festival in Izmir. I helped establish the Human Rights Watch Los Angeles Film Club and was a lead organizer of the club for several years. I am a long-time board member and judge of the Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA).
I have been a dedicated advocate for justice and liberation since the early 1980s in the anti-apartheid and Palestinian rights movements through to my more recent activism in Los Angeles (2011–2019) and New York City (2019–2022) in the movement for Black lives and for prison abolition. I am a longtime vegan, and in New York I also advocated for animal rights as a member of Voters for Animal Rights and Farm Sanctuary. I am currently working in England and Turkey and focusing my advocacy on refugee support.
I studied political science with a concentration in Middle East politics at Northwestern University and the University of Sussex; Arab studies at Georgetown University; film and media studies at the University of London; adult education teaching and mindful awareness practices at the University of California, Los Angeles; and Buddhism and mindfulness at many meditation retreat centers in the US and Europe. I draw from my knowledge and experience in all of these fields in my wisdom work and mindfulness guiding.
I grew up in Chicago in a family of ten, in a strong community. I have been guided by that ethos of the collective and the community. My commitment in everything is to show up, show love, and do the work.