Join us for a powerful discussion with Erin E. Moulton, author and editor of the new anthology Thing We Haven't Said: Sexual Violence Survivors Speak Out, plus a panel of contributors to the book.
We'll be talking about writing the book, #metoo, surviving/recovering and moving on, and so much more. Come and join the conversation.
This book is aimed at teenagers 14+, but teens and adults are welcome.
Water Street Bookstore will be donating 20% of proceeds from the sale of the book to HAVEN (https://havennh.org/), a local organization dedicated to serving people affected by domestic and sexual violence.
The contributors have all donated their time and effort, and Erin Moulton, the editor, is donating all of her proceeds from the book to RAINN, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network.
"There are days when I am less stardust than sawdust, less survivor than victim, but that does not mean that the reclamation of my own body is any less eternal." -Jane Cochrane
"How to describe the feeling of not being believed? It is the feeling of disappearing." -Stephanie Oakes
"I used to want to hurt you, to break you, to give you the sort of nightmares I still have so many years later." -Melissa Marr
"It's so easy to say you'll fight when it's not happening to you. But then it was happening to me. And I locked up. My bones had all linked together and I was still." -Bryson McCrone
Things We Haven't Said is a powerful collection of poems, essays, letters, vignettes and interviews written by a diverse group of impressive adults who survived sexual violence as children and adolescents. Structured to incorporate creative writing to engage the reader and informative interviews to dig for context, this anthology is a valuable resource of hope, grit and honest conversation that will help teens tackle the topic of sexual violence, upend stigma and maintain hope for a better future.
Ella Andrews lives in Boston with her wife, son, frenetic dog, and a cat who keeps them all in line. She works in university administration helping students to make the most of their time at college. She also reads and writes poetry.
Aaluk Edwardson is an Iñupiaq artist working to empower students and support community resilience. She has written two plays, Thaw and Coming Home. She also shared her personal experience and
perspectives on healing through her blog (no longer active):
nomoredaggers.blogspot.com. She began the blog at a pivotal moment
in healing from childhood sexual abuse. The blog is a five-year journey
in learning to listen to and heal the once-little and hurt young girl
inside Aaluk, the adult. She began the blog as a place to make sense of what she felt as she began to face deeply painful memories. She hopes that the writing, which is at times messy and always authentic,
encourages other people to use expressive mediums, like writing, to heal too. You can read more about her work, her passions and her experience on her website: www.aalukedwardson.com.
Carrie Jones is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of novels for children and young adults, including the Need, Flying and Time Stoppers series. Some of these books have won awards. A lot of them involve girls being heroes and friends being awesome. She also is the coeditor of Dear Bully, and anthology of authors sharing their stories about bullying. She lives in Maine where she is an on-call firefighter, human rights advocate, and the regional public image chair for Rotary International. She has a lot of rescue dogs and one potato-loving cat.
Erin E. Moulton is the author of Flutter (Penguin, 2011), Tracing Stars (Penguin, 2012), Chasing the Milky Way (Penguin, 2014), and Keepers of the Labyrinth (Penguin, 2015). She is also editor of the anthology Things We Haven't Said: Sexual Violence Survivors Speak Out (Zest, 2018). Her books have been selected and nominated for national and state award lists, such as the Amelia Bloomer list, the Kentucky Bluegrass Master List and the Isinglass Teen Read Award List. Erin loves fostering new voices, which makes her an active school visitor, mentor and workshop leader to writers of all ages. You can find her online at www.erinemoulton.com