life lines: re-writing lives from inside out
Bianca Viñas, Sarah W. Bartlett & Kassie Tibbott, Editors & Meg Reynolds, Illustrator
Author’s Note on LIFELINES, by Sarah Bartlett
Unedited writings from Vermont’s incarcerated women tell their first-person accounts of addiction and mental illness within the prison setting, highlighting the challenges they face in moving forward with their lives. While defusing myths and stereotypes about incarcerated women, these writings form a picture of systemic dysfunction which must be addressed and changed, challenging readers’ own courage and sense of urgency to become involved as they are able to help change these stories. Discussion guide encourages community conversation and action. The production of the limited first print of this collection was supported in part by a grant from Burlington Community Arts Community Fund and Serena Foundation, and Green Writers Press, Brattleboro VT.