Lisa Spears "Releasing Birds" (Free Verse Press)

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Lisa Spears is from Peoria, Illinois and spent most of her life in the midwest. She resides in Charleston, SC and currently teaches English at Daniel Jenkins Academy to high school students experiencing trauma. She received her Master’s of English degree at Western Illinois University in 2007 and her Master’s of Fine Arts degree at Eastern Washington University in 2017. She is a single mother of two daughters and has three granddaughters. She moved to Charleston to pursue her writing career and live by the ocean. You can reach her by email at

This book pays homage to the inner landscape of a journey. Although the lines are black and white, every truth is color. I hope to give credence to that. My mother taught me to look for the birds on every walk. “When you don’t see them…listen.” I am listening…still.