October is National Domestic Violence (DV) Awareness Month. CWW will hold a panel session with local writers, editors, and activists who work to bring awareness to DV. The discussion will be followed by an open mic. Panelists include Sage Chioma, Teri Hairston, and Melissa Hassard.
Sage Chioma is a poet, playwright, counselor, and practitioner of arts for healing. Chioma is an experienced substance abuse counselor and recently obtained a master’s degree in public health. She serves as the director of women’s services at Caring Services of High Point. Chioma is the author of the plays Embracing the Miracle and Tapestry, as well as the collection of poems Earth Is a Mother’s Hood.
Poet and fiction writer Teri Hairston has received Salem College’s Rondthaler-Gramley Awards in both poetry and fiction, a John Woods Scholarship in writing to study at Charles University in Prague, and an honorable mention in the Sue Saniel Elkind Poetry Contest. Her work appears in Kalliope, A Journal of Women’s Literature and Art, Niederngasse, and Cutthroat; A Journal of the Arts.
Melissa Hassard is co-editor of Red Sky | Poetry on the Global Epidemic of Violence Against Women, and she is partner and managing editor of Sable Books. She is also the founder of Women Writers of the Triad, she serves as an advisor for Writing for Peace, and she is state coordinator for North Carolina Poetry Out Loud. Her work has appeared in One, North Dakota Quarterly, Vox Poetica, and other journals.
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