Singing Bird Press is about writing, poetry, thinking, sharing, and teaching. Based in the beautiful Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon, it is a place of community and conversation for readers and writers alike. Created by Michelle St. Romain Wilson and Alma Rosa Alvarez, it is a press designed to publish and share writing that inspires creativity and connection.
Alma Rosa Alvarez is a professor of English at Southern Oregon University where she primarily teaches U.S. Ethnic Literature. She is the co-author of Promised Fruit with Michelle St. Romain Wilson. She has a BA in English and Mexican-American Studies from California State University, Dominguez Hills. She has an MA and Ph.D in English from University of California, Santa Barbara. Her favorite poets are Lucille Clifton and Gwendolyn Brooks, but she also has a special place in her heart for Pablo Neruda's odes.
Michelle St. Romain Wilson received a fellowship in 2022 for the Bookgardan women's writing program and will be a writer-in-residence at Craigardan in the Adirondacks in the fall of 2023. Co-author of Promised Fruit with Alma Rosa Alvarez, she is currently completing her first novel. She has taught English and creative writing to youth and teens in California, Hawai'i, and Oregon. She holds a B.A. in English from Loyola University, New Orleans and an M.A. in English/ Creative Writing from California State University, Sacramento.
These poems, written in the years between the global pandemic of 2020 and the spring of 2023, are a reflection of life during times of great change and challenge. Within each section, the reader walks with the poets through the path of witnessing what is happening in an increasingly complex world, connecting with those around us, and ultimately healing through the power of turning to the spirit of nature and to each other.
Published on Valentine's Day, this collection of poems reflects a vision of the world through the lens of the poet: noticing the small details of daily life that reflect larger truths. Themes include the power of nature to teach and inspire wonder, motherhood and parenting, issues of social and economic justice, and the power of redemptive re-imagining of our own experiences. The poems are diverse, connected by a common thread of reflection on the power of choice. The collection is an invitation to respond to the complexities of life with love, compassion, and a commitment to truth.
"Sensitive and surprising, these poems by Alma Rosa Alvarez and Michelle St. Roman Wilson invite us to take a clear look at our world and our connections to one another. With two very distinct voices, their writing seems to inform one another, making for a great collaboration. Whether considering aspects of motherhood, race, death or nature, both poets write with clarity, a delight in life, and the sheer power of love."
Angela Decker, author of Splendid Catastrophe
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