2010 Press Release


HerStories Celebrates Women’s History Month

Lansing, Michigan – February 2, 2010 – The HerStories Project celebrates Women’s History Month in March at the Everybody Reads bookstore, 2019 East Michigan Avenue. The free program on Saturday afternoons showcases stories about women. Events include storytelling, writing workshops, and author readings. The final event is the Benefit Show and Open Mike, a fundraiser for the Women’s Center of Greater Lansing. The public is invited to join events without registration except for participation in workshops and the Open Mike. Partners of The HerStories Project include the Center for Poetry (Michigan State University), the Everybody Reads bookstore, Greater Lansing Woman, Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame, and the Women’s Center of Greater Lansing. Program updates are available online http://deyofthephoenix.com/herstories, and inquiries are welcome by email herstories.project @ gmail.com or phone (517) 346-9900.

Writing workshops offered by The HerStories Project are open to teens and adults. Workshops support the development of stories about women – historical, contemporary, autobiographical, and fictional. The magazine Greater Lansing Woman will publish one submission from all entries of workshop participants. Registration for workshops may be completed by email herstories.project @ gmail.com or at Everybody Reads during business hours.

HerStories events begin on March 6 at 1:00pm with storytelling for all ages by Jean Bolley (Lansing Storytellers) and Lynette Brown (Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame) followed by the workshop “Journaling through Change” at 2:30pm with Holly Makimaa (Oasis Wellness).

On March 13 storytelling for all ages at 1:00pm features Charles Thornton and Ena Baker (Lansing Storytellers) with workshops to follow: “There’s Sense in Our Poetry: Using the Senses to Enter Poetic Spiritual Space” at 2:30pm by Mary Catherine Harper (Defiance College), and “On Becoming a Fish: Birthing Characters and Finding Voice Through Fiction” at 3:45pm by Dawn Comer (Defiance College).

On March 20 author Andrea King Collier (Still With Me: A Daughter’s Journey of Love and Loss; A Black Woman’s Guide to Black Men’s Health) gives a reading at 1:00pm with workshops to follow: “Writing about Women” at 2:30pm by Marilyn Mayer Culpepper (Never Will We Forget: Oral Histories of World War II) and “Making Your Creative Nonfiction Sizzle” at 3:45pm by Virginia Law Burns (Bold Women in Michigan History).

The final event on March 27 at 4:00pm is the HerStories Benefit Show and Open Mike, featuring an ensemble of performers. Donations are welcome for the Women’s Center of Greater Lansing, Requests to perform at the Open Mike may be emailed to herstories.project@gmail.com. The Benefit Show features Silvana Alfaro (Vagina Monologues ‘08), Nancy Allen (co-founder Words of Hope and Healing), Laura Apol (Crossing the Ladder of the Sun), Marilyn Mayer Culpepper (Never Will We Forget), Tim Lane (poet, painter, and Scene Metrospace director/curator), Logic (Nu Poet Collective and Spitfire Poetry organizer), Becky Payne (Words of Hope and Healing ‘09), Christine Pereira (Women in the Arts Festival ‘08), Lee Sayles (Women in the Arts Festival ‘07-’09), and Charles Thornton (storyteller).

Melissa Dey Hasbrook
herstories.project @ gmail.com
(517) 346-9900


(Schedule for Mar. 13 updated on Feb. 9, 2010.)

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