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About Amber

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 Storming Heaven’s Gate: Spiritual Writings by Women, Catholic Girls, and Women of the 14th Moon: Writings on Menopause. 


Amber Coverdale Sumrall

She leads Write to the Heart workshops: journal, poetry, and editing, and writing retreats in Santa Cruz, Big Sur, Point Reyes, and in Ireland. For twenty- five 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. Her second collection, Refuge, was published by Hummingbird Press in November 2007. She read in Galway and Dublin in May 2008 and has been featured on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac. You can see a complete list of Amber's publications here.

Amber is a 2010 recipient of the Santa Cruz Cultural Council Gail Rich Awards, which recognize individuals who inspire our diverse and culturally-rich community.


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