Faye Rapoport DesPres, Message from a Blue Jay (BuddhaPuss Ink).

“Faye Rapoport DesPres’ captivating, beautifully written essays about the struggle to find one’s place in the world reminds us, as all good literature does, of what it means to be human. The author’s midlife passage to selfhood is a story that all readers, women and men alike, will understand and identify with.”
—Michael Steinberg

“Faye Rapoport DesPres’ collection Message From a Blue Jay compresses a lifetime's worth of thoughtful observation and earned wisdom into openhearted, warm, searching essays that seek and find—balance between autonomy and relationship, the spiritual and the sensuous. A beautiful and moving debut.”
—Joy Castro

Faye Rapoport DesPres has spent much of her writing career as a journalist and business/nonprofit writer. In 2010 she earned her MFA from the Solstice MFA Program at Pine Manor College, where she focused on creative nonfiction. Her journalism has appeared in the New York Times, Animal Life, Trail and Timberline, and other publications; and her personal essays, fiction, and poetry have been published in Ascent, Superstition Review, and Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, among other journals, magazines, and anthologies. Currently, DesPres is an adjunct writing instructor at Lasell College. She lives in the Boston area with her husband and their four rescued cats.