Copies of Voices are now available at Vashon Bookshop for a suggested donation of $15, with all proceeds benefitting Vason's Interfaith Council to Prevent Homelessness (IFCH). The Celebration & Launch showcased contributors in a standing room only island gathering. We raised $1580 that night. Hurrah for Vashon and its recognition of the diverse Voices that represent our community!
Voices from the Verge, ~ a collection of poems, essays, and images that shine a light on the challenges and gifts of Island neighbors, the importance of community, and what it means to belong. This project is funded through the generosity of Sustainable Vashon, WelcomeVashon, and individual Island donors. Proceeds benefit the work of Interfaith Council to Prevent Homelessness.
Celebrate the launch of Voices from the Verge, at Vashon Bookshop, November 16th, 6:00pm. Meet the contributors, enjoy conversation & refreshments, and buy books! WE WELCOME YOU! ¡BIENVENIDOS!
Meanwhile, here’s a sneak preview of Voices: the youngest contributor is a third grader; the oldest is 97. A Mexican middle schooler writes about home; a cancer survivor speaks of greediness for life; a farmer tells of finding his place on Vashon after riding the rails; the mom of an autistic son speaks about isolation and community. This is really good stuff and these are awesome folk. Please save the date and join the celebration.
When we conceived the Voices from the Verge project, we never intended to ask our friends and colleagues for money; however, as this small book has taken shape, and some amazing submissions have rolled in, we’ve changed our minds.
While these contributors have shared their work selflessly, without expectation of remuneration, with the goal of expanding this conversation and helping those on the outer edges who are served by IFCH, we are committed to provide a small honorarium for them.
I am asking you to make a tax- deductible donation to our artist fund. The more you give, the more we’ll have to share among our book contributors. It’s easy. You can donate right here, or mail a check to Sustainable Vashon (for Voices From The Verge artist fund) , P.O. Box 2654 Vashon, WA 98070.
photo by Jenn Reidel