Alicia Cahalane Lewis

Raised in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Alicia Cahalane Lewis is a novelist and poet. In 2013, she graduated from Naropa University with an MFA in Creative Writing, and while there her work appeared in Not Enough Night.

She has been excited to present the poem nebulous beginnings and strings as a chapbook and then in its entirety in the coffee table book accompanied by Winslow Mccagg’s paintings, published August 2017. Although their work is not necessarily a planned collaboration, the spontaneity of Winslow’s art renders the poetry complete. The space a poem holds on the page in alignment with the art renders the form in a dialogue with the energies of the Universe. One can not be just anything, because everything is in relation to something, and in this way language becomes another layer of paint for the canvas.

Alicia’s chapbook of poetic essays entitled Birds Fly But a Long Time Ago They Swam, a meditation on evolution, was published by The Lune Chapbook Series Spring 2017.

Aware of her tie to the Valley that goes back nine generations, Alicia recently returned after a twenty five year hiatus in Maine where she raised two daughters. As witness to the stories of the early settlers’ perseverance and appreciation for the bounty and beauty of the Valley, it is a place where she continues to find inspiration for her creative work.

My Shelf