book news!

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.

Ta-Dah!!!

Hear Me See Me cover 2

“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.   Continue reading

a BOOK in the offing

writinginsideVT received most EXCELLENT news this morning!

Orbis Books will publish a book of the raw, unvarnished writings of Vermont’s incarcerated women as participants in the writinginsideVT program.  The book (title TBD) will be released in Fall 2013. Sarah and I are pinching ourselves. We also can’t wait to tell the ‘inside’ women writers!

The book will open with an introduction by Sarah and me, which details the imprisoned women we work with, their pathways to incarceration, the Women Writing for (a) Change model utilized, and the personal journeys that led us to this ‘inside’ work.

Sarah and I hope the book will serve as a call to action among readers, connecting them to the world of incarceration in America and our social responsibility to transform this non-rehabilitative system that robs people of human dignity.

Maddie McGarvey, Burlington Free Press

As if a BOOK wasn’t enough to celebrate, the Burlington Free Press published my essay this week about the writinginsideVT program.  You may have caught it on Facebook already, but if not, here it is again.

So please celebrate with us, loyal blog readers!  Your interest and support have brought us to this great moment.