Vt. women inmates find outlet in writing

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Associated Press

Posted on November 3, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 3 at 2:33 PM

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Each week, about a dozen inmates in Vermont's only women's prison come together to make peace with themselves and connect with others through writing.

The women write of the pain of childhood traumas, addictions, missing children and loved ones, the heavy burden of being behind bars, and trying to better themselves. They see the weekly group as a sacred space where they feel safe, are not judged, and can heal— qualities instilled by the two women from outside the prison who started the circle as volunteers in 2010.

Now, prose and poetry and artwork from nearly 60 of the inmates are available in a book called "Hear Me, See Me, Incarcerated Women Write," published by Orbis Books.

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