Miriam Bird Greenberg

Miriam Bird Greenberg is the author of two chapbooks: All night in the new country and Pact-Blood, Fever Grass. She's held fellowships from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the Poetry Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. She lives in Berkeley and teaches ESL, though she's also crossed the continent on bicycle and by freight train, deckhanded aboard sailboats, and hitchhiked on four continents.

Recent Posts by Miriam Bird

In bloom peach tree orchard in western Colorado.


A drama in three vignettes.

The Arrival

“The reeds we used to make our first bed bent easily…”

Prayers the Gods Demand

For the winter solstice, the gods go betting.

We Knew Nothing Then

We knew nothing but that we must do as told, that no harm would come to us. We knew we were working towards peace, and we moved everyone off the atoll. Thatch houses, outriggers, everything that was left behind was burnt. Then, for 23 days we did nothing but swam, ate ice cream, slept in…


Keeping the home fires burning.