Category Archives: General

Kalamazoo Launch for Dear Sister Anthology!

Contributor Melissa Dey Hasbrook read at BookBug last night for the Kalamazoo, MI launch!  Were you able to make it?  Fear not if you couldn’t make it!  Contributor Aaminah Shakur will team up with Melissa for another reading on Saturday in Grand Rapids!  Come by and say Hello!Dear Sister Launch Kalamazoo

Correction to Dear Sister Anthology

CORRECTION: The first printing of Dear Sister contains an error: pages 54 – 58 should contain two pieces, a prose poem by Judith Stevenson, and a drawing by Joan Chen. Unfortunately the two pieces were conflated into one, and Joan’s image does not appear in the printed edition. This unfortunate mistake has been corrected in the ebook, and will be corrected in all subsequent printings of the book. The two pieces as they should have appeared are available here:  Dear Sister Correction

Dear Sister Reading in Kalamazoo, Michigan!

DSA event in kalamazzoContributor, artist, organizer Melissa Dey Hasbrook will be reading her work in Kalamazoo, Michigan!  Join in the conversation and come by!  Thursday, February 6th at Bookbug on Oakland Drive.  See you there!

Dear Sister Launch in Bernardsville, New Jersey

Dear Sister Event Flyer New Jersey

Contributor Michelle Ovalle has teamed up with Adanna Literary Journal for a reading at Berdardsville Public Library!  Check out the flyer for details!  Come by and join in the dialogue!


Dear Sister Launch in GRAND RAPIDS, MI

DS event in MIFirst thing: Can you believe how beautiful this handmade flyer is?  Created by the contributor writer and artist, Aaminah Shakur!  Aaminah and fellow contributor, Melissa Dey Hasbrook are hosting a great evening with healing arts and readings, followed by open mic for survivors.  If you’re in Grand Rapids, MI — check it out!  Come by and say hello!

Saturday, February 8    4-6pm

Preregistration is required:

A Word on Identity, Transparency, and Accuracy

DSC_0138Not every contributor in the anthology is a survivor of sexual violence.

The call for submission went out in 2010 and clearly indicated it was open to both survivors and allies.  I thought it would be important to include both populations in the outreach.  Through several stages of the anthology that lasted over two years, it morphed into identifying heavily as a survivor-written manuscript.  While the overwhelming majority of the contributors openly identify as survivors, there are some contributors who are not survivors.  This is an important detail.

If you are reviewing the anthology or in any way promoting the book and have the opportunity to clarify that point, it would be appreciated.  The book centralizes and prioritizes the survivor, but it is not authored entirely by survivors.