In Hebrew shira means song and poem. Born in Israel, raised in Massachusetts and now living in Brooklyn, Shira Erlichman is an author, visual artist, and musician. Her poems explore recovery – of language, of home, of mind - and value the "scattered wholeness" of healing. She earned her BA at Hampshire College and has been awarded the James Merrill Fellowship by the Vermont Studio Center, the Visions of Wellbeing Focus Fellowship at AIR Serenbe, as well as a residency by the Millay Colony. Her work has been featured in Buzzfeed Reader, The Rumpus, PBS NewsHour’s Poetry Series, The Huffington Post and The New York Times, among others.
Shira believes most suffering can be traced back to isolation. She's obsessed with art as a way to experience vitality and connection. She's propelled by process, presence and potential. The mystery and transience of being alive fuel her expressions. Creativity has taught her that it's not entirely natural to confine one's self to a specific shape for too long. No matter the medium, joy and growth can be found in reaching for your newest shape, your freer form.
Being diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder a decade ago fundamentally changed her life and, wildly enough, deepened her love of being here. Her poetry book Odes to Lithium (Alice James Books, 2019) centers around her experiences with mental illness. Her picture book Be/Hold (Penny Candy Books, 2019) uses compound words to illuminate the beauty of friendship and what is possible when we come together.
She teaches one-on-one online poetry workshops to people all over the planet. She loves helping humans unlock possibility and fuse discipline with magic. She tours the country sharing her work and facilitating workshops.