Belvie Rooks

Belvie Rooks incorporates meditation and stillness as part of her youth/elder, intergenerational wisdom circles. Co-founder of “Growing a Global Heart” along with her late husband, poet Dedan Gills, she has engaged in ceremonial tree plantings along the Trans-Atlantic Slave Route in West African and the Underground Railroad in the United States and Canada.

Her new book, I Give You the SPRINGTIME of My Blushing Heart:A Poetic Love Song is co-authored with Dedan. SPRINGTIME is a poetic memoir dealing with love, grief, loss and transcendence. She and Dedan are also featured contributors in The Power of Love: A Transformed Heart Changes the World, edited by Fran Grace PhD. Her essays are included in a number of anthologies including, My Soul Is a Witness: African American Women’s Spirituality, Ecological and Social Healing: Multicultural Women’s Voices and Global Chorus: 365 Voices on the Future of the Planet, with an introduction by Jane Goodall. She is a Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award winner as senior editor of, Paris Connection: African American Artists in Paris.

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