book of women prisoners’ writings from Vermont
released September 2013

cover of upcoming bookFall 2014 BOOK READING

Burlington Book Festival
Saturday, September 20, 10:30 am

Fletcher Free Library, Main Reading Room
Burlington, VT

If you’ve missed our several readings, you can still
order the book from Orbis Books or Amazon

AND – if you like what you read – please consider leaving a customer review on our Amazon page!


These straight-from-the-gut writings by incarcerated women will break your heart and put it back together again.   - Sr. Helen Prejean, author, Dead Man Walking

These are radical, revolutionary voices because they dare us to do what society insists we must not:  listen to and care about those who have been cast out and locked away.
- Michelle Alexander, legal scholar & author, The New Jim Crow:
Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness

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strength grows inside

spiral of fire

credit – oakwillow

At Thursday’s group, we had a sweet gathering of writing inside VT team members and inmates. Conversation ranged from courage and bravery to the value of our group in creating safe space to examine our innermost lives. One of our team assistants reflected later:

“I was very impressed with the forthright comments of commitment by the inmates. I could feel the mission of the program working; the women inside feeling strength growing inside themselves because of their participation in the program. They felt like growing women, not prisoners.”

And in their writing, the women themselves proved the point. Two women’s writing spoke to the dichotomous ways in which a concept can be understood. One contrasted certainty and curiosity; the other, two sides of fear. Their words follow, words that show understanding and strength growing inside.

‘Treasure curiosity more than certainty’ – Margaret Wheatley, ‘Turning to One Another’ Continue reading

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