Whit Press Programs
"Beloved Community - The Sisterhood of Homeless Women in Poetry," a poetry anthology created with WHEEL (Women's Housing, Equality and Enhancement League) featuring the writing of homeless and formerly homeless women of King County. This book also provides the community at large with an intimate experience of what life on our streets is truly like for women. In a culture that is actively and aggressively suppressing the voice of women, this project assumes critical importance. This magnificent book was delivered to the entire Washington State Legislature.
"To Come To Light: Perspectives on Chronic Illness in Modern Literature," an anthology of prose and poetry created and beautifully published for Group Health Cooperative's, Institute for Chronic Illness Care; created for doctors and other health care providers in response to a need for integrating compassion into the treatment of patients.
Creation and publication of the 'Hedgebrook Writers Series' to benefit women writers and Hedgebrook Retreat for Women Writers. The first two collections published are from Nigerian-American poet Uchechi Kalu, and poet Ruth Forman. Ms. Forman's book "Prayers Like Shoes" has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. In 2010, Whit Press will publish American Book Award Winner, Suhier Hammad as the third collection in this series.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Our amazing collection of poetry from Seattle's homeless women was hand delivered by those women to every legislator in Olympia. We are planning a trip to Washington, DC to deliver the book to the US Congress. Our Hedgebrook Writer's Series book "Prayers Like Shoes" is Whit Press's first Pulitzer nomination. Our collection "In Praise of Fertile Land' was insturmentel in raising funds to purchase and protect 200 acre farm in partnership with the Farmland Fund Trust. Please contact Whit Press directly for MANY more examples of our successful mission in action.
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