VOICES CARRY performance group

Voices Carry (formerly Voices from Inside/Out) offers performances and readings designed to bring the stories of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women to the public. Voices Carry presentations feature women from minimum-security facilities or women who have been released into the community. Each performance is followed by Q&A.

Since its launch in the fall of 2004, we have performed at venues all over Western Massachusetts, including colleges and universities, local arts centers, churches, and conference centers. We have also performed at local fundraising events, professional development and writing conferences, poetry slams, and more.  If you would like to schedule a Voices Carry performance, please email info@voicesfrominside.org.

Upcoming Voices Carry Events – Spring 2017

Wednesday March 8, 7:00 PM — Reading with other women at Code Pink’s International Women’s Day event in Northampton First Churches, 129 Main Street, Lyman Hall (entrance on Center St), Northampton

Monday March 13, 7:00 PM — Reading at opening of The States of Incarceration Installation, Historic Northampton, 46 Bridge St., Northampton

Saturday March 25, 1:00 PM —  Reading in conjunction with the community reading of Orange is the New Black, Emily Williston Memorial Library, 9 Park St., Easthampton

Wednesday April 12, 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM — Panel discussion on criminal justice reform — VFI participant to speak, Holyoke Community College, Homestead Ave., Holyoke

Tuesday April 18, 7:00 PM — Open Mic at Third Tuesday Greenfield Word — featured writers: Voices From Inside, Mill St., Greenfield

Thursday April 20, 7 PM — Speech Matters, on Mass incarceration, in conjunction with Marlborough College course, 113 Elliot St., Brattleboro, VT

Tuesday May 2, 10 AM to 1:00 PM — Campus reading in conjunction with interdisciplinary course (English/Sociology) Orange is The New Black: The Real Story, The Forum at Holyoke Community College Homestead Ave., Holyoke

melaniebrooksMelanie Brooks, a panelist at last year’s WriteAngles conference, will be at Broadside Books in Northampton on Wednesday, February 15, at 7 pm. She will talk about her new book WRITING HARD STORIES: Celebrated Memoirists Who Shaped Art from Trauma.

We have a date!

Please mark your calendars for Saturday, November 18, the date we have reserved with the Willits-Hallowell Center at Mount Holyoke College for  our 2017 conference. Planning is now underway!

We have just published a new essay by Diane Kane.

New flash fiction

Read our latest contribution of flash fiction by Sally Sennott.

New flash fiction

We have received our first flash fiction of 2017 and it is by Jody Callahan.

We are accepting contributions on the theme of “resolution” for the month of January. See the top of the WA Journal page for details.

WriteAngles is pleased to announce the expansion of its new online publication, WriteAngles Journal. After publishing 18 strong and varied pieces of flash memoir this fall, the editorial board has decided to open submissions Jan. 1 through Jan. 31, 2017, for a special issue devoted to the theme of “resolution.”

In literary terms, resolution is the part of the story’s plot line in which the problem of the story is resolved or worked out and is typically where the story ends. However, in real life, a resolution is often the start of something new. In the story of our lives, resolutions grow out of the messy stuff of what it means to be human.

We are seeking submissions of flash memoir and flash fiction of up to 500 words. These vignettes can take the form of prose, poetry (up to 35 lines), or playscript. They can be excerpts from longer works or standalone essays, poems, or scenes.

Please title your submission and attach as a Word document accompanied by a 50-word bio and JPG headshot author’s photo. E-mail submissions (one per submitter) as well as any questions you might have.

We look forward to showcasing your work in WriteAngles Journal.

Joan Axelrod-Contrada
Managing Editor
WriteAngles Journal

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