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Mary's Place

Original Voices: Homeless and Formerly Homeless Women's Writings

Original Voices: Homeless and Formerly Homeless Women's Writings

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A moving collection of spontaneous, lightly and unedited poems and short prose pieces written by nearly fifty women, most of whom are homeless or formerly homeless. Julie Gardner leads weekly writing workshops using the Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) practices in workshops at Mary's Place, a day center in Seattle, WA. Mary's Place work is to support women, children and families to reclaim their lives.

In the foreword, Pat Schneider, founder of AWA, challenges readers to consider the way we understand art. She says, "Original Voices" is about revolution. It dares to value voices that have not only been excluded from our definitions of literary art; they have been excluded from acceptance across all of the lines of ordinary human dialogue."

Gardner, in her introduction, shares a personal story, how she experienced and overcame culture shock after moving from the Midwest to downtown Seattle where people experiencing became some of her new "neighbors." Gardner hopes readers will gain a better understanding and appreciation for each woman, each woman's writing, and women at Mary's Place and elsewhere who have experienced or are experiencing homelessness.

Information is provided about Mary's Place, a "typical" writing workshop and about Amherst Writers & Artists and AWA practices.

Discussion guide included.

Book proceeds benefit Mary's Place.

Author: Julie Gardner, Mary's Place Women
Publisher: Mary's Place
Published: 03/17/2016
Pages: 162
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.50lbs
Size: 9.00h x 6.00w x 0.35d
ISBN: 9780692645468

About the Author
Gardner, Julie: - For over five years, Gardner, an Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) affiliate, has led weekly writing workshops with the women at Mary's Place, a day shelter in Seattle. Gardner's professional life and published works have primarily been in the field of early childhood education and counseling. She personally experienced writing's healing and transformative powers writing for years with Creative Writing of Columbia (Columbia, MO). She uses AWA practices at Mary's Place and in other settings including with girls and women throughout Malawi, Africa on a VoiceFlame cross-cultural journey. She is a contributing writer in Nda Ku Ona: I See You With My Heart, a VoiceFlame publication.Women, Mary's Place: - Nearly fifty women who are homeless or formerly homeless, with a few exceptions, are published in this anthology.Schneider, Pat: - Pat is a poet, playwright, librettist, and author of ten books of poetry and non-fiction. She was born in the Ozark mountains of Missouri where she became intimate with fossils, creek beds, grasshoppers and box turtles. After a search for work took her single mother to St. Louis, from age ten Pat lived in tenements and in an orphanage until she was given a scholarship to college. Those early experiences have deeply influenced her writing, and fueled her passion for those who have been denied voice through poverty and other misfortunes. Pat's libretto, "The Lament of Michal," was performed in Carnegie Hall by Phyllis Bryn Julson and the Atlanta Symphony directed by Robert Shaw. Her poetry has been read by Garrison Keillor on National Public Radio's Writer's Almanac. There are more than three hundred recorded productions of her plays for community theater. A film about her work with women in low-income housing, titled "Tell Me Something I Can't Forget," is included in the DVD companion to her book, Writing Alone and With Others. Pat Schneider currently leads workshops and retreats, gives readings and speeches, and is working on a new collection of poems and a collection of essays.

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