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!

Words & Afterwards is reaching its culmination! On Friday, April 27, the exhibition for the project opens from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at (SCENE) Metrospace of East Lansing, Michigan, located at 110 Charles Street. Visit our Facebook event listing! Musical guests include the jam band Headz and harpist Melissa Osborn, who is co-chair of the Peace Education Center. Recognition of grant partners and project contributors will take place around 7:00pm.


Prepping collages into book art. Photo by Melissa Dey Hasbrook.

For background, Words & Afterwards began last spring as a vision. And over the year, partners established a robust community collaboration. More than 40 workshop participants created collages, which featured artists have transformed into book art. After the exhibition, the book art will be gifted to the Peace Education Center, the Sexual Assault Program of Michigan State University, and the MSU Women’s Council.



The project has reach, and it’s been amazing to see it unfold from start to finish! A glimpse of the exhibition’s art work is available in this poster: “Spectrum” by featured artist Jen Loforese (top), “Angel at La Romita, Earth Memories V” by featured artist Gail Trapp-Bohner (center), and a collage by workshop participant Heather Paris (bottom). Also featured in the exhibition are artists Kathryn Darnell and myself.


And in anticipation of the opening, tune into the program Lansing Online News Radio on Monday, April 23, around 7:30pm EST. I will be interviewed by co-hosts Bonnie Bucqueroux and Bill Castanier, which is broadcast on Lansing Community College Radio, WLNZ 89.7FM. Stream the station here:!

Updated April 25, 2012.