Melissa Hassard

Just released and already sold out: Letters for my Little Sister #books #ampublishing #amwriting #womenwriters

“Her little sister is so lucky,” says my 10-year-old daughter, earlier this evening, as I was explaining one of Sable Books’ latest releases to our beloved piano teacher.  As I got home, I realized I hadn’t shared it with all of you.

letters_for_my_little_sisterLetters for my Little Sisterbegan as a real letter — one that Cecilia Gunther had begun to write to her younger sister as a way to help with navigating the journey…

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Letters for my Little Sister | A collection of letters
Sep 13

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Police continue to make arrests at Ferguson protest.

Part 4.

Take note: The moment people stopped reblogging and tweeting and writing news articles and calling attention to Ferguson, they brought back the armored cars. It is not over. They were waiting for the world to lose interest and knew it would.

Re-reblogging for that last part

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About last night. Have a read — The 2014 #CitizenDiplomacy Summit and on Building Cultural Bridges in the #SocialMedia Age

I’m honored to have been invited to the panel last night for the 2014 Citizen Diplomacy Summit  in Cary, North Carolina, at The Cary Downtown Theater.  The panel was moderated by Dr. Calvin Hall from NCCU, and included Leila Bekri, who works in promoting diplomacy and cultural exchanges for an international leadership program, Leslie Huffman, who founded LOL Marketing, and Wesley Lo, an…

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Sep 12
The 2014 Citizen Diplomacy Summit and on Building Cultural Bridges in the Social Media Age

writing_for_peaceI have proudly accepted the role and honor as a member of the advisory panel for Writing for Peace.  If you are not aware of this fine organization, run by Carmel Mawle, here is their mission statement:

Through education and creative writing, Writing for Peace seeks to cultivate the empathy that allows minds to open to new cultural views, to value the differences as well as the hopes and dreams…

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Writing for Peace
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This.
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This.

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For future reference.

Thank you.

For those who would ever need it. -C

reblogging here because i can see this being relevant to anyone who’s ever tried to get out of an abusive relationship

Reblogging because that last comment made me reread the whole thing in a new light and realize this could be vital information. So, putting it out there for everyone, and hoping no one ever really needs it.

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Membership to Women Writers of the Triad gives discounts to workshops, access to critique groups, and more. Join us today. Just $30/annually. http://wwot.org/join/

Aug 4
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2013/2014 WWOT Events Calendar & Readings

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WWOT Fall/Spring Poetry Readings & Open Mic! Check out the incredible line-up.

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What has Al Maginnes, Jim Clark, Richard Krawiec, Howard Lemuel Craft, Celisa Steele, Sarah Lindsay, Anna Weaver, Benjamin Molini, Crystal Simone Smith, Terri Kirby Erickson, Helen Losse, and more?

The fall/spring season of readings at Tate Street Coffee House. To say we’re…

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2013/2014 WWOT Events Calendar & Readings

What has Al Maginnes, Jim Clark, Richard Krawiec, Howard Lemuel Craft, Celisa Steele, Sarah Lindsay, Anna Weaver, Benjamin Molini, Crystal Simone Smith, Terri Kirby Erickson, Helen Losse, and more?

The fall/spring season of readings at Tate Street Coffee House. To say we’re excited is an understatement. Mark your calendars and get ready to join us, starting with August and musician Russell…

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2013/2014 WWOT Events Calendar & Readings
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The Fading Bloom, Peony, 6/14/2014
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The Fading Bloom, Peony, 6/14/2014

"How many poetries are there; how many could there be? The poetry of investigation, the poetry of protest, personal poetry, national poetry, international poetry, documentary poetry, poetry of war and peace, emotional, environmental, philosophical, identity poetry. And what’s at the root of all these poetries, if anything? Poetry as a way of approaching the world — as the urgent effort — probably futile — to get at something inside or outside through language — or to escape into language as a way to survive a brutal material or psychological world. Somehow language — the effort in the ineffability of words — can save us if we can engage at a deep enough level to get past the pain. That’s then a poem and more than a poem. It’s a mode of living. What we call a poem might not be more than a momentary snapshot of an ongoing life in language — a dislocation, an exile.

Thoughts on Ijele, by Uche Nduka (Essay by Norman Fischer)
Overpass Books 2012, $10, ISBN 978-0-9832206-2-6

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Jul 18

"How many poetries are there; how many could there be? The poetry of investigation, the poetry of protest, personal poetry, national poetry, international poetry, documentary poetry, poetry of war and peace, emotional, environmental, philosophical, identity poetry. And what’s at the root of all these poetries, if anything? Poetry as a way of approaching the world — as the urgent effort — probably futile — to get at something inside or outside through language — or to escape into language as a way to survive a brutal material or psychological world. Somehow language — the effort in the ineffability of words — can save us if we can engage at a deep enough level to get past the pain. That’s then a poem and more than a poem. It’s a mode of living. What we call a poem might not be more than a momentary snapshot of an ongoing life in language — a dislocation, an exile.

Thoughts on Ijele, by Uche Nduka (Essay by Norman Fischer)
Overpass Books 2012, $10, ISBN 978-0-9832206-2-6

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Stumbled across this link today and realized this is the first time I’ve seen the online version of this interview I gave back in April.  I appreciate the People’s Tribune and their commitment in sharing the story of Moral Monday.  Thought I’d share:

 

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Jul 5
Interview over at the People’s Tribune