incarcerated women’s writing goes viral

Hear Me_See Me cover FINAL 6.27.13HEAR ME, SEE ME: Incarcerated Women Write is the collected poetry and prose of Vermont’s incarcerated women co-edited by myself and Marybeth Christie Redmond, and released by Orbis Books in September.

In 2010 we co-founded writing inside VT, a program using writing as a tool for self-exploration and change at Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility. This is Vermont’s sole women’s prison.

Since last fall, we have lived and breathed the book: first, selecting and compiling four years’ worth of writings, figuring out the most effective sequence; and of course, writing a killer introduction.

Then, after a brief lull while it went to press, we focused on organizing a major launch event for October 3rd. Since then, we have enjoyed a series of public appearances – on VPR, WCAX; and novelist Chris Bohjalian‘s column in the local paper – as well as a torrent of positive calls, texts, emails, Facebook posts and book sales with their attendant glowing reviews.

Today, an Associated Press interview of the writing circle went viral – from California to New England, Illinois to Mississippi. It even ran in The Washington Post and ABC news.

I guess I have to stop waiting for things to settle down so I can get back to my own writing . . .

9 thoughts on “incarcerated women’s writing goes viral

  1. Sarah, I literally got goose bumps reading this. Congratulations!!! I am so happy for you and all the women who wrote and worked on this. Absolutely wonderful šŸ™‚

  2. WOW WOW and WOW ……..

    This is beyond awesome (though I don’t know what viral means …) !!! Send me links to the WPost or ABC feeds…. !

    We definitely have something to drink to on Wednesday !! Congratulations, hard work … well done !


    • Anne- the links on the post are live. Just click. Last night around midnight, our Amazon rating was in the 6000’s; and we were #1 in Pol/Soc Science-Women’s Studies – Women Writers!!! Already down to #4 this morning. But . . . WOW!

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