book ripples

yellow leafOur newly released book Hear Me, See Me: Incarcerated Women Write continues to generate interest in media spheres (and we are ever grateful).

This past week I drove in darkness to WCAX-TV, the CBS affiliate in So. Burlington, for a crack-of-dawn interview with reporter Molly Smith for her “Books Over Breakfast” segment.

We covered quite as bit of territory about Vermont’s incarcerated women, the writing inside VT program, and the book — all within a three-minute block. Give a look and listen here.

A day later, an Associated Press reporter accompanied me ‘inside’ Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility to interview some of the women authors and to experience the writing circle firsthand. Continue reading

the sweetest of reunions

 

 

‘Twas the sweetest of reunions…

Nine formerly imprisoned women now living in various communities throughout Vermont converged on Burlington’s Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center last Thursday evening, Oct. 3, for the book release of Hear Me, See Me: Incarcerated Women Write.

We had written with these women over the course of four years at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility – they, once outfitted in gray sweats and flip-flops, writing together in stark rooms ascreech with slamming metal doors, and many many interruptions.

Now this Thursday night, each of them strode down the Film House aisle in heels, dresses, sequins, form-fitting skinny jeans, with hair freshly styled and makeup applied. Their faces communicated a mixture of eagerness and nerves, yet they overflowed with joyful presence to see us and each other.

Each woman writer – Angie, Belinda, Raven, Margarita, Tess, Valerie, Michele, Joellen, and Stacy – took a seat up front, held the microphone in turn, and read slowly and deliberately her own words from the pages of this just-released book of incarcerated women’s writings.  Continue reading

countdown time

It’s countdown time – just two days to go before our book reading & release event on Thursday evening, Oct. 3rd in Burlington, Vt.

Artwork by Shawna H. from "Hear Me, See Me"

Artwork by Shawna H. from “Hear Me, See Me”

Eight formerly incarcerated women (coming from all corners of the state) will join us on stage to read their poetry and prose from Hear Me, See Me: Incarcerated Women Write.

We’ll also have a few incarcerated women from the work-release unit at Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility in attendance.

Sarah has tabulated the RSVPs, and it looks like we’ll have an audience of more than 225, including 50 family members connected to the women writers!  These new authors will be on hand after the reading portion of the evening to autograph books for guests.

This week, bestselling author Chris Bohjalian, who writes a regular Sunday column entitled Idyll Banter for the Burlington Free Press, penned a lovely validating essay about Hear Me, See Me. We are eternally grateful for his help in spreading the word.

Tomorrow Sarah debuts live on Vermont Public Radio’s noontime program Vermont Edition to talk about the book and read a few selections.  Break a leg, dear one!

We’ll post pictures after the reading event; you can still order your copy here. Huge thanks for your ongoing support!

Oh, and post an Amazon review if you’ve already purchased the book; we have two so far and welcome more.