Stephanie Rose Bird is the author of 5 published books including Sticks, Stones, Roots and Bones: Hoodoo, Mojo and Conjuring with Herbs, A Healing Grove: African Tree Remedies and Rituals for Body and Spirit, and The Big Book of Soul: The Ultimate Guide to the African American Spirit; legends and lore, music and mysticism, recipes and rituals. Her first novel, No Barren Life, is complete and seeking a home.
Her writing has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies including "Natural Home and Garden," "Herb Quarterly," "Sage Woman," "Llewellyn Herbal Almanac," "Llewellyn Magical Almanac," "The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Folklore," "The Greenwood Encyclopedia of World Folklore," and "Age Ain't Nothing but a Number."
She has been a member of the College Arts Association, Fulbright Foundation, Chicago Artist's Coalition, Woman Made Gallery Advisory Board, American Botanical Council's Herb Research Society, American Folklore Society, Society for Shamanic Practitioners, the International Center for Traditional Childbearing (Black Midwives and Healers), The Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetics Guild and the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy, as well as, the Authors Guild.
Visual Art and Crafts
She graduated with honors from Temple University, Tyler School of Art and received an MFA from the University of California San Diego, where she studied Visual Arts. Bird won a Senior Fulbright Scholar Award and through that award she did field work in anthropology and art in Australia with various groups of Australian Aboriginal people. She has studied Gullah culture in South Carolina as well. As an artist she has exhibited nationally in museums, universities and galleries. International exhibits include Tel Aviv, where she was included in International Young Art hosted, a Sotheby's auction, and in Cotonou, West Africa, where she showed "Banana God" through the Department of State's Arts-in-the-Embassies program. She has won numerous grants, fellowships and scholarships including a Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant, a San Diego Opportunity Fellowship, a Ford Foundation Faculty Enrichment Grant and funding from the Australian-American Educational Foundation. She taught Painting and Drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has held herbal workshops at the Chicago Botanic Gardens as well as Garfield Conservatory. Now, Bird conducts workshops across the country in herbalism, magickal herbalism, earth-based spirituality, aromatherapy, art and crafting. She is developing new plant-themed art in her studio in oils and pastels.
Bird is working on a second novel, another work of YA fantasy, this time focused around 20th century African American culture and Greek Mythology.
She is also completing an innovative nonfiction book, fusing deity, invocation, prayer, affirmations, rituals and ceremonies, with weight loss.
Her newest book focused around Hoodoo will be published in 2016.