this is the path of the sacred activist
one who stands freely on the precipice
with a heart that's open to seeing the dark
with a heart that's not afraid of being the spark
Redwood Reider is a spoken word poet known for catalysing and inspiring live audiences. Performances range from intimate personal storytelling to fired-up eco-political rhyme (and often both at the same time).
Redwood frequently collaborates with live musicians, on stage and in the recording studio. She's cocreated three albums of poetry with acoustic musicians. She is also author of an award-winning book of creative nonfiction, Dreaming the Biosphere.
Redwood's rhymes grow out of a deep connection to earth, a love of community and a passion for justice and healing of our outer and inner worlds. Words flow from the heart with humour and compassion – aiming to reconnect us all with our true nature.
A child of northern California, Redwood has lived in many places in this world, working on ecological projects in various cultures. For over a decade she has been based in Golden Bay, Aotearoa New Zealand.
This website is mostly about poetry. Under her birth-name persona Rebecca Reider, you can also find this human tree writing journalism and creatively making noise to protect wild waters, plant medicine, organic farms and food, and the climate that sustains it all.