The Poetry Box LIVE – Special Edition!
Book Launch for Uprooting: Leaving the Abuse Cycle
PLUS Open Mic
Wednesday, Oct 25, 2023 @ 7:00 PM (Pacific)
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. To help break the silence and give voice to those who are suffering and those who have survived, we are proud to host a reading and open mic to launch Uprooting: Leaving the Abuse Cycle curated/edited by Jade Rosina McCutcheon and Kristin Thomas.
Shannon Rose Riley • Sherri Levine • Candice Campo • Rachel Mae (Rmae) • Dale Champlin • Marilyn Johnston • Susan Woods Morse • Summer Harlan • Diana Blackstone-Helt • Jade Rosina McCutcheon • Kristin Thomas • Shawn Aveningo Sanders
Here at The Poetry Box, we are strong believers that when we share our truth and our stories, we can help each other heal. Therefore, directly following the featured readers portion of the show, we will have an open mic for those who would like to share a poem. Poems shared should be related to the topic of domestic or sexual abuse/trauma. This is a safe space for any woman who’d like to share her experience and break the silence in the spirit of helping other women find a sisterhood and support for recovery.
Shawn Aveningo Sanders, publisher at The Poetry Box®
Enjoy the Video from the Launch:
Uprooting: Leaving the Abuse Cycle
More details about the book (and ordering) HERE:
Uprooting: Leaving the Abuse Cycle is a full-color anthology of poems, visual art, and stories from survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. The book is framed around Portia Nelson’s famous poem “Autobiography in Five Chapters” (from the memoir There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk) and offers helpful information and resources for women looking to leave and recover from a cycle of abuse.
Jade Rosina McCutcheon and Kristin Thomas are the curating editors of Uprooting: Leaving the Abuse Cycle. They are passionate about volunteering their time to help women escape dangerous environments and get the help needed to recover from the trauma of abuse. As writers and artists themselves, they know how the act of creation and sharing can be a powerful force for healing, and therefore reached out to their communities to invite poets, writers, and artists to share their work as it relates to this important topic.
McCutcheon and Thomas have also done extensive research to include helpful information for leaving the cycle of abuse including how to build healthier relationships, recognize the dynamics of power & control and gaslighting, the effects of trauma on the brain and behavior, healthy exercises for healing, navigating the legal system, uplifting encouragement, and a vast list of resources for finding additional support.