the first thing you see …

 

“The New York Times is going to feature your blog on its home page, and you’ve been asked to publish a new post — it’ll be the first thing tens of thousands of new readers see. Write it.WordPress Daily Post Challenge

As luck would have it, just today I experienced my first taste of post virility. [Really?!] Not five days ago, I emailed an embarrassingly large number of invitations to the book launch of “Hear Me, See Me: Incarcerated Women Write” (Orbis Books), a collection of prose and poetry by Vermont’s imprisoned women produced during our first three years of writinginsideVT. 

Already we are getting enthusiastic responses far beyond the large mailing list. Burlington VT has gone viral. Is it the program? Is it the graphics? Is it the opportunity to celebrate the women who use writing as a tool to pull themselves up and out of the despair and demons that landed them in jail to begin with? Is it the endorsements by such well-known women as Helen Prejean (“Dead Man Walking”), Michelle Alexander (“The New Jim Crow”), Madeleine Kunin (former governor of Vermont) and Ellen Barry (E.D., Insight Prison Project) — among many more?

All I know for sure is – post virility happens. Really!!!

14 thoughts on “the first thing you see …

    • LOL, Rachel. That would NOT be a phrase to repeat – a poor pun on ‘going viral’ that I just couldn’t resist – especially after contemplating the layered meanings … Glad, however, that you enjoyed the post, viral or virile 🙂

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  2. Congratulations Sarah!! So thrilled for you and for all the writers that contributed to the book. This is incredibly exciting, and especially so, since it is for something that is from the heart and working with people to make a positive impact. Wonderful!! 🙂

    • Yes, Sara – thank you. It is humbling to have been able to bring these unheard voices into the public ear. The more so as we plan the launch event where we hope a dozen or so of the writers will be present to read their own words!! As always, I appreciate your visits and your perspective.

    • Thanks, Jennifer! And just tonight we heard from a woman in Sydney, Australia that the book has already been incorporated into a training program at her college there. It isn’t even released until Sunday!!!

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