Birdbuzz: Derek Sheffield, Heather Durham, Cynthia Neely
Three birdfest authors, Derek Sheffield, Heather Durham, and Cynthia Neely will read from their work, interspersed with music, at the Songbird Concert, and sign books following.
Derek Sheffield is the poetry editor of Terrain.org, and a professor at Wenatchee Valley College. His poetry book Through the Second Skin was a finalist for the Emily Dickinson Award, Walt Whitman Award and the Washington State Book Award. His chapbook A Revised Account of the West won the Hazel Lipa Environmental Chapbook Award. Other publications include A Mouthpiece of Thumbs; other awards include the James Hearst Poetry Prize, the inaugural Sparrow Prize in Poetry, and a Special Mention in the 2016 Pushcart Prize Anthology.
Heather Durham's Going Feral: Field Notes on Wonder and Wanderlust is the story of a human animal in search of her ecological niche. In these deeply personal and intellectually curious essays, Heather Durham explores wild America weaving the perspectives of trained ecologist, inquisitive philosopher, and restless nomad, probing intricacies of the natural world as profoundly as she does herself. "Read this book as a field guide to building your own agenda for going feral for moments of insight, and a life of change," says Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford.
“I strive to write poems that possess the airiness of hollow bone, capable of lifting and soaring,” says Leavenworth author and visual artist Cynthia Neely. Winner of the Hazel Lipa poetry prize, Neely is the author of Flight Path, Broken Water and Passing Through Blue Earth, winner of the Brighthill Press chapbook contest. "Cynthia Neely's love of this blue planet sings out in poetry," says Ellen Bass.