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 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 has taught creative writing to children and teens through the Oregon Writing Project and the Academy program at Southern Oregon University and as a volunteer at local schools. She has a BA in English from Loyola University, New Orleans and an MA in English and Creative Writing from Sacramento State University. She loves living in the Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon with her wife, their three teens, an assortment of pets, and a garden full of flowers and food.
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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