For the past several years, a small yet dedicated group of writers has gathered to explore ways to use writing for overcoming life’s challenges, improving the quality of life and building social connections with others who share a desire to become “a writer in recovery.” Tapestry of Our Lives is the result of their hard work. Additionally, the works in this anthology are rooted in adverse life experiences and childhood trauma, such as physical, sexual or psychological abuse or severe neglect. Tapestry of Our Lives explores these difficult issues, empowering writers to explore the use of writing as a tool to promote their own recovery and to share their experiences with others. Readers are challenged to listen and respond with understanding, empathy and warmth. We invite the community to join us as we seek to foster a community that understands trauma and its effects, and provides an environment that promotes healing and recovery for those who are hurting.
Here's what Paula J. Caplan, PH.D., Associate, Hutchins Center, Harvard University, Award Winning Author and Film Maker had to say about Tapestry of Our Lives: "It is fabulous! What a joy and how moving! The writing and the visual art are terrific. You should all be so proud. Every place that is supposed to help reduce suffering should be doing this instead of pathologizing, risky things!"
Anthology Editorial Committee Members:
Diana Spore, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief, Author of Introduction and Conclusion
Andrew Kinney, Editorial Advisor
Diane Switzer, Editor & Layout
Steve Stone, Author of Dedication, Word of Caution, and Foreword
Liz Krivich, Cover and all other illustrations
Dedicated to: Patrick Risser, 1952-2016
Download a complimentary copy here: www.ashlandmhrb.org/tapestryofourlives