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Hear Me Roar: Writing to Heal the Culture

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Kismet Cowork

12 West Willow Grove Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19118

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Panel Discussion, Q & A, and Writing Exercises. This is a donation based event, but you must register (see below).

"The pen, expressing the soul's passion, is mightier than the sword because the imagination can change the life of a people at their very roots." --Thomas Moore.

Everyone has a writing voice; everyone’s voice is true.

When writers stand together, we can overcome our isolation and discover the power of story to challenge the arrogance of our age.

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Janet Benton, MFA. Janet Benton’s debut novel, Lilli de Jong, was published by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday in May 2017. Kirkus Reviews called it a “monumental accomplishment.” Library Journal and NPR named it a Best Book of 2017, and Amazon picked it as a Best Book of May. Other writings have appeared in the New York Times Modern Love column, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and elsewhere. Janet will speak as a feminist novelist, essayist, and writing teacher about how stories can change opinions and open hearts.

Rita Fierro, PhD., is a self-described Intellectual Artist and the author of Give Back My Child: How the USA System Kidnaps Children, in which 6 Philadelphia mothers who have lost their children to the foster care system tell their own stories. As author and narrator, Rita unpacks the complexity of overlapping systems that prevent reunification and re-traumatize families. Rita will describe how her interviews with the mothers led to the discovery of storytelling as an act of power and liberation.

John Timpane, PhD. John Timpane is the Theater Critic and the Books and Fine Arts Editor for The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philly.com. His work has appeared in Sequoia, The Fox Chase Review, Apiary, Painted Bride Quarterly, The Philadelphia Review of Books, The Rathalla Review, Per Contra, Vocabula Review, and elsewhere. Among his books is a chapbook, Burning Bush (Judith Fitzgerald/Cranberry Tree, 2010). John will bring a spiritual and poetic perspective to healing cultural rifts.

Helen W. Mallon, MFA Helen's book The Beautiful Name: Four Short Stories was released in 2015. Her fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle, and a wide variety of literary journals. Her short stories are available for free download on her website. As a writing coach, she believes that “everyone has a writing voice—and everyone’s voice is true." She will describe how, in community with other writers, we find the confidence to speak truth to power.

Donations are welcome. You must register by contacting the organizer, below.

Light refreshments will be served.

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What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Ample street parking is available near Kismet Cowork, and it's within walking distance of the R7 Wyndmoor Station and R8 St. Martins Station train lines.

What can I bring into the event?

Your favorite writing implements, questions, and curiosity.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Write to hmallon@icloud.com

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