OBLONG ONLINE: Sharon Charde in conversation with Martha Anne Toll - "I Am Not a Juvenile Delinquent: How Poetry Changed a Group of At-Risk Young Women"

Event date: 
Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
via Zoom


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Sharon ChardeI Am Not a Juvenile Delinquent by Sharon Charde

Compelling, appealing, poignant and often hilarious, poet Sharon Charde's I Am Not a Juvenile Delinquent - winner of the PASS award from the National Council on Crime And Delinquency - chronicles the passion that grew for pushing voices out into the world. As Sharon and the girls share their losses through weekly writing, they came to realize their unlimited potential and poetic talents. Learning to let go of grief and loss. The death of a child and the subsequent quest for coping strategies is hardly a new story. For psychotherapist, teacher, and writer Sharon L. Charde, a decade of writing therapy with young women helped her let go of much of her grief, or at least to learn how to carry it differently. This is her account of her journey.

“Sharon Charde has written a big-hearted, beautiful book, with the light touch of a poet and the deep insights of a humanist. You won’t easily forget her or her girls.”―Susan Orlean, author of The Library Book and The Orchid Thief

“Sharon Charde’s delicate strength, her affection for her students (and theirs for her), her passion for the power and influence of poetry, will enrich any reader's life, as it has the lives of the young women she inspired. Her new book should be required reading for everyone.” ―Abigail Thomas, author of Safekeeping, A Three Dog Life, What Comes Next, and How to Like It

Martha Anne Toll's fiction has appeared in ​Catapult, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, eMerge, Slush Pile Magazine, Yale's Letters Journal, Inkapture Magazine, Referential Magazine, and Poetica E Magazine. Her essays and reviews appear regularly on NPR, the Washington Post, The Rumpus, Bloom, Scoundrel Time, Narrative Magazine, Tin House and more. Martha was a nominator and critic for NPR's 2017, 2018, and 2019 Book Concierge. Martha is the Executive Director of the Washington, DC-based Butler Family Fund, a path-breaking social justice philanthropy governed by a family board in the US and the UK. The Butler Family Fund is deeply committed to racial equity in all of its work and supports advocacy to prevent and end homelessness and reform the criminal justice system, with particular focus on abolishing the death penalty and ending the sentence of juvenile life without parole.

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