Song Bird Concert Poets

Thursday May 16th is the first day of Bird Fest which includes the artistic Bird Fest Song Bird Concert from 7:00pm-8:30pm at the Snowy Owl Theater. This is one of many no registration required events to be attended by donation. The concert will feature the poems of Heather Durham, Cynthia Neely, and Derek Sheffield.

Heather Durham is the author of the nature memoir-in-essays, Going Feral: Field Notes on Wonder and Wanderlust, explorations of a restless human animal seeking authenticity and belonging in the more-than-human world. Heather holds a master of science in environmental biology and a master of fine arts in creative nonfiction, and currently works behind the scenes at Wilderness Awareness School in the westside foothills. When not working or writing, she is likely to be found outside with a journal, a field guide, and binoculars, hunting birdsong. Learn more at

Cynthia Neely is the winner of Bright Hill Presss chapbook contest for “Passing Through Blue Earth” (2016) and the winner of Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment’s chapbook contest for “Broken Water” (2011). Her poems appear in numerous journals including Pontoon (2016 Paula Jones Gardiner Memorial Award-Floating Bridge Press), Bellevue Literary Review (runner up for the Jan and Marica Vilcek prize, judged by Marie Ponsot), Crab Creek Review, Raven Chronicles, and in several anthologies. Her full-length book, “Flight Path”, (2014) was a finalist in the Aldrich Press book contest. Her chapbook “Hopewell Bay” (2017), a single long hybrid poem, is available from Seven Kitchens Press. Her essay and creative non-fiction work appear in The Writers’ Chronicle, Cutthroat Journal (runner up for the Barry Lopez Prize) and Neely earned her MFA in creative writing from Pacific University.

Derek Sheffield’s book of poems, Through the Second Skin, was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. An English Professor at Wenatchee Valley College, he teaches Northwest Nature Writing in partnership with noted ornithologist, Dr. Dan Stephens.  He lives with his family near Leavenworth, WA, and is the poetry editor of

Their books will be available for purchase before and after the concert.