Our super-terrific editor at Orbis Books, Mike Leach, forwarded us the (nearly final) cover of Hear Me, See Me: Incarcerated Women Write this week.
“Sure to become a classic,” says Sister Helen Prejean, author, Dead Man Walking, at the top of the jacket.
And as we speak, co-creator Sarah Bartlett is knee-deep in the 200-plus page proofs of the book. I’m next to review–yikes!
For those of you new to this writinginsideVT project, Hear Me, See Me is a collection of powerful, unvarnished prose and poetry by women imprisoned in Vermont, survivors of every kind of trauma, abuse, and addiction, whose individual and collective works explore and transcend the physical and spiritual trials of their lives.
It’s due out in September, and (drumroll, please), it’s now available on Amazon for pre-order, so please feel free to reserve your copy.
We also secured some nifty endorsements this week too.
Here’s a snippet from the blurb by Ellen Barry, Executive Director, Prison Insight Project, San Rafael, California:
Sarah Bartlett and Marybeth Redmond have brought together the soul-revealing writings of a group of women with whom you may feel you have nothing in common. Yet, if you listen to these women tell their stories, in their own voices, you will find that they speak of universal fears, hopes and dreams. Through the power of words, they articulate the universal truths that we can all relate to.
And from Andy Pallito, Commissioner, Vermont Department of Corrections:
Hearing incarcerated women’s stories allows us to put judgment aside, and appreciate fully their histories, experiences and attitudes. writinginsideVT is a vital part of creating programs and avenues that help incarcerated women reset their lives and return to communities as productive citizens.
We are beyond grateful to Orbis, our supporters, and most especially Vermont’s incarcerated women who share their lives in our writing circle week-to-week.
Much more to come…