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Poems by
Amber Coverdale Sumrall

Amber Coverdale Sumrall

Praise for Amber Coverdale Sumrall’s first collection, Litany of Wings:

“These winged poems bridge the worlds of nature and spirit with ultimate grace.  In language both sensual and evocative, they celebrate a passionate life in all its manifestations and seasons.”
        —Maude Meehan

“Reading Litany of Wings is like spending several hours in quiet meditation and prayer.  Amber Coverdale Sumrall looks at life with a poetŐs eye, discerning what is important, precious and rare.  These poems are deeply rooted in the earth, the body, the soul and the heart.”
        —Lesléa Newman

“Amber Coverdale Sumrall addresses our search for meaning with the voice of one who never claims to have arrived.  These poems are as compassionate as they are passionate.  Not even Robinson Jeffers has conveyed the smells and shades, the sounds and silences of the Pacific Coast with more sensuousness.”
        —Brother David Steindl-Rast


Amber Coverdale Sumrall was born in California and has lived in Santa Cruz County since 1972.  She has edited or co-edited thirteen anthologies including, most recently, Still Heart: Reflections from The Hermitage and Storming Heaven’s Gate: Spiritual Writings by Women.  She leads Write to the Heart workshops: journal, poetry, and editing, and writing retreats at The Hermitage in Big Sur, St. Francis Retreat in San Juan Bautista, Mission San Antonio in Jolon and in Ireland.  For twenty years she has co-produced In Celebration of the Muse, an annual literary event featuring Santa Cruz women writers.  Her first book of poems, Litany of Wings, was published in 1998 by Many Names Press.  She spends much of her time watching, listening to, and feeding the dozens of birds that frequent her creekside home in Soquel.


Refuge by Amber Coverdale Sumrall.  November 2007.
96 pages, paperback, $12, ISBN 978-0-9792567-2-1

Read five poems from Refuge


Copyright 2007