RAISING OUR VOICES
Throughout history, women have raised their voices to be heard in times of challenge and trouble. We haven't always been heard, but that hasn't left us silent or defeated. And now, our present day circumstances necessitate our raising our voices again, and more loudly than ever before. Whether our voices are raised in anger, in fear, in sadness, in joy, in desperation or triumph, it's time for us to shout and sing and make sure our messages are heard.
Featuring: Lisa Marie Brodsky and Cristina M.R. Norcross
Headliner: Kathie Giorgio
Kathie Giorgio is the critically acclaimed author of four novels, The Home For Wayward Clocks (2011), Learning To Tell (A Life)Time (2013), Rise From The River (2015), and In Grace’s Time (2017), two story collections, Enlarged Hearts (2012) and Oddities & Endings; The Collected Stories Of Kathie Giorgio (2016), a collection of essays, Today’s Moment Of Happiness Despite The News; A Year Of Spontaneous Essays (2018), and two poetry chapbooks, True Light Falls In Many Forms (2016) and When You Finally Said No (2019). Giorgio’s short stories and poems have appeared in countless literary magazines and anthologies. Her short story, Snapdragon, was performed on stage for the Stories On Stage series at Su Teatro theatre in Boulder, Colorado. She’s been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, the Write Well Award, the Million Writer Award, and for the Best of the Net Anthology. Her novel The Home For Wayward Clocks won the 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Library Association. Her novel In Grace’s Time was runner-up in fiction in the 2017 Maxy Award and the second place winner of the 2017 Silver Pen Award For Literary Excellence. Giorgio is the director/founder of AllWriters’ Workplace & Workshop. She lives in Waukesha, Wisconsin, with her husband, mystery writer Michael Giorgio, her 18-year old daughter Olivia, who is writing her first novel, a neurotic dog named after Ursula LeGuin, a fat cat named Edgar Allen Paw, and a tiny cat named Muse.
Cristina M. R. Norcross is the editor of the online poetry journal, Blue Heron Review, and the author of 8 poetry collections. Her latest book is Beauty in the Broken Places (Kelsay Books, 2019). Other recent collections include Amnesia and Awakenings (Local Gems Press, 2016) and Still Life Stories (Kelsay Books, 2016). Cristina’s poems have been published, or are forthcoming, in: The Toronto Quarterly, Visual Verse, Red Cedar, The Avocet, Your Daily Poem, Lime Hawk, The Poetry Storehouse, Right Hand Pointing, and Pirene’s Fountain, among others. Her work also appears in numerous print anthologies. Cristina is the co-founder of Random Acts of Poetry and Art Day (celebrated annually on Feb. 20th). Find out more about this author at: www.cristinanorcross.com
Lisa Marie Brodsky is the author of poetry collections, We Nod Our Dark Heads (Parallel Press, 2008), and Motherlung (Salmon Poetry, 2014), the latter earning the Wisconsin Library Association award for Outstanding Achievement. She has been widely published both nationally and internationally and is training to become a Poetry Therapy Practitioner. As faculty member at AllWriters' Workplace & Workshop, Lisa teaches online classes using poetry as a vehicle for emotional healing. You can read more at www.lisamariebrodsky.blogspot.com