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Dear Sister: Letters from survivors of sexual violence
Friday, March 7, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join editor Lisa Factora-Borchers and contributors Mia Mingus and
Indira Allegra for a reading and discussion of their new book, “Dear Sister: Letters from Survivors of Sexual Violence”
FRIDAY, MARCH 7th at 7PM
Modern Times Bookstore Collective
2919 24th St (between Alabama and Florida Streets)
One quarter of the total female population of the United States will experience rape at some point in their lives.
This muti-ethnic, multi-generational collection is written directly to and by survivors of sexual violence. Intentionally written in an accessible language appealing to all populations of survivors, allies, and activists, Dear Sister mixes genres, bringing letters offering profound and lasting insight into the journey of survivorship together with essays providing substantial analysis around issues pertaining to healing and justice.
Praise for Dear Sister
“This powerful and healing anthology is gift to all of us. Dear Sister does not present one path towards healing and transformation, but creates a space for all us to continue our own journeys towards wholeness. Through this amazing work, Lisa shows that that we do have the collective power to heal ourselves.”—Andrea Smith, co-founder of Incite! Women of Color Against Violence
“A much-needed counterweight to the all-too-prevalent victim-blaming and shaming, every person should have a copy of Dear Sister on their shelves so that they can reach out and support their friends in times of need.”
—Vikki Law, author and activist, Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles Of Incarcerated Women
“This inspiring collection of stories fills the critical silences still prevalent in our societies around survivors of sexual and gender-based violence. At least one in every three women in every village and city in the world survive sexual and gender-based violence. These stories by survivors are targeted at other survivors, a third of all women and some men, as well as aimed at families, supporters and the general public. Read it, weep, rage, and then, most importantly of all, take ACTION. With sisterlove & in solidarity.” — Bernedette Muthien, rape and gender-based violence survivor, http://www.engender.org.za, Cape Town, South Africa
Contributors include: Aaminah Shakur, Adrienne Maree Brown, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Allison McCarthy, Amita Y. Swadhin, Amy Ernst, Ana Heaton, Andrea Harris, Angel Propps, anna Saini, Anne Averyt, annu Saini, brownfemipower, Brooke Benoit, Denise Santomauro, Desire Vincent, Dorla Harris, “Harriet J.”, Indira Allegra, Isabella Gitana-Woolf, Joan Chen, Judith Stevenson, Juliet November, Kathleen Ahern, Kyisha, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Marianne Kirby, Maroula Blades, Mary Zelinka, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, Melissa Dey Hasbrook, Melissa G., Mia Mingus, Michelle Ovalle, Premala Matthen, Rebecca Echeverria, Renee Martin, River Willow Fagan, Sara Durnan, Sarah M. Cash, Shala Bennett, Shanna Katz, Sofia Rose Smith, Sumayyah Talibah, Sydette Harry, Birdy, Viannah E. Duncan, and Zöe Flowers.
Lisa Factora-Borchers is a Filipina writer and editor of the Dear Sister Anthology. She received her BA in English from Xavier University and a joint masters degree in Counseling Psychology and Pastoral Ministry from Boston College. Lisa worked extensively with survivors of sexual violence in non profits, coalitions, and university settings before applying her work to the literary world. She was an assistant editor at make/shift magazine for three years, and her work can be found in Left Turn, Critical Moment, and Bitch magazines. Her interests focus on liberation, spirituality, (im)migration, US women of color writers, and transnational feminist action. In her spare time, she enjoys developing her photography which was featured in Red Sun Press’ political photo exhibit Critical Views: A New Generation. Lisa currently resides in the midwest with her partner and son and is working on a novel.