readers at book launch
Book sale table set-up, launch 10-13
food table ready
margarita and valerie signing
bob speaks with michele and angie
wiVT assistants Meg, Denise – launch 10-13
wiVT assistant dorsey
TD signing books, launch 10-13
VB, RP and BB signing books, launch 10-13
lining up for author signings!
raven and tess ready to sign
assistant victoria with valerie
marybeth’s family watches
Sarah W. Bartlett
speaking with women’s program directorjill
superintendent ed and representative suzi
former superintendend bob greets the writers
tiff from VT Works for Women, our fiscal agent
Author moment – JH and BB – launch 10-13
Mentor/mentee meeting, launch 10-13
Ruth helps Renee of Phoenix Books, Launch 10-13
sarah with wiVT assistant jules
marybeth focused on the book
filling the lobby with enthusiasm
Writers with Sarah, Marybeth – launch 10-13
‘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