Local nonprofit organization Sweet Pea Project is hosting a poetic gathering on March 8, 2014 at the beautiful Mulberry Art Studios in downtown Lancaster, PA, to celebrate the release of Lancaster author Stephanie Paige Cole & Catherine Bayly's new book, to linger on hot coals: collected poetic works from grieving women writers. The book features a foreword from Dr Joanne Cacciatore and poetry from Stephanie and Catherine along with Kara LC Jones, Angie Yingst, Sherokee Ilse, Laura Seftel, Carly Dudley, Tara Hart, Beth Morey, Amy McCarter, Hannah Logan Morris, Devany LeDrew and Anne Morris. To learn more about this book, please visit www.hotcoalspoetry.blogspot.com.
Doors open at 1:00. Guests will have time to mingle, enjoy some light food and wine, leaf through copies of to linger on hot coals and wander through the space to view the candles lining the gallery's windowsills and ledges, each one with the name of a deeply loved and missed child handwritten on it.
At 2:00, Dr Joanne Cacciatore- founder of the MISS Foundation and Center For Loss & Trauma- will open with a short presentation via video about her involvement in to linger on hot coals, and the importance of expressing the full spectrum of emotions that accompany the death of a child. The poetry reading will immediately follow and will include pieces from each of the to linger on hot coals contributors. Angie Yingst, Devany LeDrew, Catherine Bayly and Stephanie Paige Cole will read live in the gallery and, since they live much too far away to attend in person, the other nine contributors will share their poems with us via video projected on the gallery wall.
Stephanie, Catherine, Angie and Devany will be available to chat and sign books after the poetry reading has concluded. Books will be available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Sweet Pea Project.
Registration is not required for this free community event, but we want to make sure we have plenty of refreshments so please, if you plan to attend, let us know by clicking the link to sign up at www.sweetpeaproject.org/poetry.
Sweet Pea Project is a Lancaster based nonprofit organization that serves hospitals and individuals in all fifty states and several other countries. Their mission to provide comfort, support and gentle guidance to families who have experienced the death of a baby during pregnancy or infancy. Sweet Pea Project donates baby blankets and copies of Cole's first book, Still., to hospitals and bereaved parents and also holds several free community events each year. For more information please visit www.sweetpeaproject.org.