6/11/2008 – Poets of Touchstone

11 Jun

NOTICE: This evening our usual order will be reversed. The featured poets will read first at 8p.m. followed by the open mic.

The Touchstone Community invites you to a poetry reading, a rare and intimate glimpse into the lives of teenage girls who have been on the edge. Touchstone is a residential treatment facility in Litchfield – a place forhealing, for learning to take responsibility for one’s own choices, fordeveloping an awareness of what those choices might be. Come and give these young women an audience for their unforgettable work. Our award- winning poetry anthology, I Am Not A Juvenile Delinquent, will be on sale, andalumnae will also be present to read work they¹ve written since being out inthe world again.

Touchstone, located on 55 acres of land in Litchfield, Connecticut, is a residential program serving girls committed to the Department of Children and Families. For eight years, family therapist Sharon Charde has volunteered at Touchstone developing and administering a creative writing program there. I AM NOT A JUVENILE DELINQUENT, a book of their poetry, edited by Ms. Charde won the PASS award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. Jon Baskin, a filmmaker from New York, made a 22-minute documentary about the program. Click for more information, to read a sample poem and to view the Jon Baskin film trailer.

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