Alice Vedral Rivera aka AVR is a poet, writer, lyricist, spoken word artiste and fledgling amateur photo artist. Ms. Rivera is a Czech-American who speaks, reads and writes Czech fluently even though she was born in a refugee camp in Germany and grew up in the Chicago area. As a child, she read anything she could get her hands on. She loves words – “the way they look, the way they sound, the way they feel in your mouth as they roll around your tongue”.
Three of her poems were published in the inaugural issue of The Poemhunter Anthology in 2005 and her poem, Mother of Cities the first of her on-going Prague collection of poems, was published in ‘Prague Tales’ in 2007. Her first book, “Dearest and Most Precious: A Love Journal” poetic prose, was published in 2006.
She wrote lyrics for her cousin’s band, ‘Ciba & Rhythm on 22nd’, whose first cd was released in May of 2007 featuring 8 of 12 songs with her lyrics. In addition, she recorded a spoken word cd of her poems, ‘Intimately Yours’, with Chuck Berglund’s soundscapes late in 2007. In 2007 and 2008, selections from both ‘Intimately Yours’ and ‘Ciba & Rhythm on 22nd’ were played as part of their regular ‘Featured Artists’ broadcasts on two internet radio stations – one in the UK and one in the US.
A past contributor to German poet Ulrike Gerbig’s forum for women a place women could post their ideas, poems, stories, paintings, songs and photos, she is currently a contributor to The Artist In You Blog and her commentaries, poetry, photo art, spoken word and other insights can be found on her personal blog - AVR’s Sentient Sentiments.
She published 'The T. Collection: A Retrospective' in late December of 2013. Her trilogy, 'Shadows on the Carpet' I, II and III, a compilation of her darker poems many of which are multi-layer relationship/social/political commentaries has been published in 2014 as a series of 3 books. She is currently working on 'The Camp Series', a collection of poems written about her experiences at Camp Hostýn in 1961 & 1962 where her 1st poems in Czech were 'published' in the camp year end pamphlet.
Check out AVR's Sentient Sentiments at www.wordartiste.com;
Follow me on Twitter - @wordartiste.
My cd, 'Intimately Yours', my vocals & poetry with Chuck F. Berglund's soundscapes can be found on www.cdbaby.com/cd/avrcfb.
You can order my book directly from my publisher at www.authorhouse.com/BookStore/ItemDetail~bookid~33562.aspx
I wrote lyrics for and managed a band called Ciba & Rhythm on 22nd. More information on Ciba & Rhythm on 22nd can be found on www.ourstage.com/profile/cibarhythmon22nd.
If my words resonate with something in others, if I touch others on any level – then I have achieved my goal.
'To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes
to hear it is to see it with our ears.'