303 E Kirkwood Ave
Bloomington, IN 47408
REACH – Reframing Experience Through the Power of Writing
Presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington
Three poets, Janine Harrison, Colleen Wells and Laura Madeline Wiseman will give a reading of the braided prose-poem Reach, followed by discussion and Q&A.
The three poets had work included in Veils, Halos, and Shackles: International Poetry on the Oppression and Empowerment of Women, and after reading together at an event to raise awareness of domestic violence they decided to launch a project that would reframe experiences through writing. The result was speaking and teaching at writing conferences together and publishing this braided prose-poem in The Gyroscope Review.
Janine Harrison freelances and teaches creative and freelance writing at American Public University and throughout Chicagoland. She wrote If We Were Birds. Her work has appeared in Veils, Halos, and Shackles: International Poetry on the Oppression and Empowerment of Women, A&U, Not Like the Rest of Us, The Wabash Watershed’s “Six Indiana Poets” feature, Treehouse Arts, Gyroscope Review, and other publications. She is a poetry reader and reviewer for the Florida Review. Janine served as the 2017 Highland (IN) Poet Laureate and as an Indiana Writers’ Consortium president. For more information, please visit: www.janineharrison.com
Colleen Wells’ work has appeared in The RavensPerch, The Potomac Review, The Voices Project, Veils, Halos, and Shackles – International Poetry on the Oppression and Empowerment of Women, and Work Literary Magazine. She is the author of Dinner With Doppelgangers – A True Story of Madness and Recovery. Wells admires the powerful role writing has in healing. She uses her book as a platform for mental health advocacy and awareness and also writes frequently on the topics of parenting and the environment. As a guest writer for high school students, she served as an editor for One in Four: Writings by Students from the Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship an anthology of student narratives on mental illness. She currently works in life enrichment for a retirement community. See more at: www.colleenwells.com and www.dinnerwithdoppelgangers.com
Laura Madeline Wiseman’s book Velocipede, published by Stephen F. Austin State University Press, is a 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award Finalist. Her book Leaves of Absence: An Illustrated Guide to Common Garden Affection with artist Sally Deskins published by Red Dashboard, is an Honor Book for the 2017 Nebraska Book Award. She is the editor of the anthology Bared: Contemporary Poetry and Art on Bras and Breasts published by Les Femmes Folles Books. Her recent book is Through a Certain Forest published by BlazeVOX [books]. Currently, she teaches writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and 24PearlStreet, the Fine Arts Work Center’s online writing program. Visit lauramadelinewiseman.com.