An Erie native is celebrating the release of her long-awaited book.

Anna Rose Welch read some passages from her collection of poetry titled "We the Almighty Fires" at a book release at Room 33.

Welch is a Collegiate Academy and Allegheny College graduate. She wrote much of the book in graduate school.

The 29 year old has been writing poetry for years but finally got the book published this spring.

Much of the work interprets and questions biblical stories through new perspectives.

"A lot of it is questioning the formation of identity and where we came from, how we came to be, how we work our way through different traumas; how we embrace intellect, sensuality, sexuality, religion and how they all kind of combine," said Welch.

"We the Almighty Fires" is available in some Erie-area bookstores, as well as online.