it’s happening …

Life Lines frntandbk Cover for PR“LIFE LINES: Re-Writing Lives from Inside Out” is at the printer … Reviewers are reviewing it … We have a page on the publisher’s website … Our writers are geared up to share their words at the launch on April 12 in Burlington VT … Love Local Catering has planned a lovely spread …

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

book’s in hand

stack of booksCelebration time!

The first copies of Hear Me, See Me: Incarcerated Women Write greeted me at the door when I arrived home from vacation.

What a gift to hold the words and voices of 60 of Vermont’s women prisoners and ex-offenders in my actual hands!

The front cover is more striking than the JPGs from publisher Orbis Books indicated, and the 12 inside color images of the women’s artwork provide soft and beautiful accents to the writings.

Order your copy now from Orbis Books or Amazon!  And if you’re in Burlington, Vermont on Thursday, Oct. 3rd, join us at 5:30 p.m. at Main Street Landing for the celebratory launch.

Here’s a snippet from the book’s introduction to whet your appetite:  Continue reading

prison break

typing hands

credit – answerknow

For three and a half years, Marybeth and I have held weekly writing circles inside Vermont’s sole women’s prison, without a break.  We have prided ourselves on keeping the program running essentially 50 weeks of the year.

This summer, we realized the downside of such dedication. Both of us have jobs, families, and schedules outside the prison walls. And, as ‘our’ writing women continue to be released into the community, we are spending additional hours working with them to help facilitate successful re-entry. When we announced our intention to take a few weeks off over the summer, the women were overwhelmingly supportive. Apparently dedication works both ways! Continue reading