By Christine Swanberg
Author and Poet
The success of Red Silk, the anthology that grew out of the Red Tent event at Womanspace, surpassed our expectations. The anthology owes a debt of gratitude to the women donors who supported it: Kathleen Flanagan, Helen Seger, Kerstin Conner, Barbara Knopp, Dr. Lenora T. Maier, Connie M. Vitali and Judy Emerson. Their donations enabled the editorial committee to produce a beautifully-designed, 190-page anthology.
The editorial committee included Dorothy Bock, Elaine Hirschenberger, Cleo Johnson, Pait Lai, Colleen McDonald, Tracy Winkler and myself. We worked diligently for several months, dealing with the unexpected number of submissions that came in from all around the country and abroad. Kristin Koefoed created the anthology’s stunning design.
As stated in the preface: “Red Silk is a celebration of women’s lives. It grew out of Womanspace’s Red Tent project, inspired by author Anita Daimant’s work, The Red Tent. We invite you to savor these testimonies as the gifts and challenges of life as a woman, from birth to death, and the many significant passages in between. As you read the pages within this anthology, we trust that you will be as moved and delighted as we were by the sparkling and unflinching poetry and prose from women around the world.”
Red Silk debuted at a reading held at Womanspace Friday, June 24. What a time it was! More than 30 women came to read their pieces, including those who had come from as far away as Indiana, Vermont, Arizona and California. Under the canopy of the pavilion, decorated with red streamers and lights, women gathered and shared their stories. Voices were indeed heard, appreciated and honored.
The anthologies are nearly sold out, so if you want one, call Womanspace at (815) 877-0118 for your copy.
Christine Swanberg is a local author and poet.
From the July 13-19, 2011 issue