Meredith Heller • California Poet in the Schools
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Meredith Heller is a performing poet, singer/songwriter, and educator with graduate degrees in writing and education. She studied in the graduate departments of Johns Hopkins University, Naropa University, and Goddard College. She is the author of the poetry chapbook, SONGLINES (Finishing Line Press), and two collections, RIVER SPELLS and RIVER REBEL. Her new book, WRITE A POEM, SAVE YOUR LIFE (New World Library) is scheduled for publication in the Spring of 2021. As a former Poet in the Schools in Boulder, CO, she taught at-risk and gifted youth. Currently, a California Poet in the Schools and Poetry Out Loud coach, she teaches workshops in Marin County schools, Juvenile Hall, and nationwide on Zoom. She leads Moon Tribe ‘Write of Passage’ Nature Program for teen girls and Wild Women, Wicked Words for women. She teaches music & movement classes for children, coaches guitar, voice, and songwriting, and hosts Siren Song, a women’s singer/songwriter night.
She is a frequent contributor to Rebelle Society and We’Moon. Her work has appeared in Quiet Lightning, Tiny Seed Journal, The Aquarian, Avocet, and the book, Women, Their Names, & The Stories They Tell. Her essays are published in Common Ground and Tiny House Magazines. Her song ‘Little Boy Blue’ was reviewed in American Songwriter Magazine. A nature girl who spent fifteen summers solo-backing, she hikes the trails daily and lives with a gentle footprint in a tiny cottage in Marin County, CA. She spends her summers camping and writing at the Yuba River. She is mused by nature, synchronicity, and kindred souls.
SONGLINES poetry collection available NOW from Finishing Line Press
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Meredith Heller’s SONGLINES are nothing less than a magic spell. These playfully sensuous poems peel away sadness, layer upon layer, until we are returned to an “elven-hearted” realm of cricket gossip and wishing wells, where we can listen in on the stories stones tell, retrieve the lost art of humming, and watch the sky slip “into the water like a fish.” – Prartho Sereno, Poet Laureate Emeritus of Marin County, author of 4 prize-winning poetry collections, most recently, INDIAN ROPE TRICK
“Nature, immense and intimate, rivers and fruit, stones and bowls, family members and beloveds, populate Meredith Heller’s poems. In SONGLINES Heller wanders and wonders, bringing us with her as she records her wishes and dreams, her quest to name and understand what is difficult and what is delightful.” –Ruth Gendler, author The Book of Qualities and Notes on the Need for Beauty
Writing poetry is about cultivating attention, touching your own essence, communing with what truly matters and moves you, welcoming every tone of your experience with curiosity, tapping the wisdom of the wild self, and expressing your unique perspective. Each experience in my life, from the painful to the glorious is the soul-food by which I learn and grow, trust and open. I have navigated my own darkness and returned with courage, wisdom, and playfulness to share. Join me to write poems that inspire you to live and love fully, trust your creative instincts, and speak your truth even if your voice shakes!