It’s been a busy week in the news for Words & Afterwards! The project is highlighted in the May 2012 edition of the Lansing State Journal’s Greater Lansing Woman. The article by Anne Erickson is titled “‘Words and AfterWords’ brings arts, community together: experiences with violence, healing explored in exhibit,” with photography by Matthew Dae Smith, and was released online April 24. Thanks to them both for great coverage! And the print edition is available in Greater Lansing on April 26.

My interview with the program Lansing Online News Radio took place April 23, 2012, via WLNZ 89.7FM, Lansing Community College Radio. Currently, the segment — which begins after the 30-minute mark — is available by podcast and streaming: . Our conversation traversed the vision for the project, work by featured artists, issues for survivors of violence, and more!

Thanks to Britteny Dee of the State News for the multimedia story “Using words as expression” (February 20, 2012) and the print story “Workshop explores violence and healing” (February 21, 2012) about February workshops. These public sessions were led by visual artist Gail Bohner and myself, poet Melissa Dey Hasbrook, at the Art Studio of the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH) at Michigan State University.

Photo by Karen Hooker

The venue for the February sessions was donated by project partner RCAH Center for Poetry. Some supplies for all the workshops, including March sessions at REACH Studio Art Center with its teen program, are provided by the Peace Education Center (PEC). The PEC received a Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs minigrant for this project, from which funds support participating Michigan artists and are distributed by the Arts Council of Greater Lansing.

Additional donations for the workshops have been provided by local businesses and residents:  Everybody Reads Bookstore, Framer’s Edge, Julie Heath-Roy, Joann Neuroth, and Rebecca Payne. Thanks to these contributors, Words and Afterwards is reaching more of Greater Lansing! Individuals and groups are welcome to join this community-arts collaboration. Interest and inquiries may be directed to me by email, MelissaHasbrook[at], or phone, 517.897.5833.