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Voices From Inside to offer poetry reading

  • Members of Voices From Inside, a writing program geared toward women who are or have been in jail, or who are in recovery, regularly give public readings, both at events and through the organization’s own “Voices Carry” performances.

Staff Report
Published: 9/12/2019 6:42:34 PM
Modified: 9/12/2019 6:42:24 PM

CHICOPEE — Voices From Inside, which offers writing workshops to women in Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden counties, is holding a poetry reading on Tuesday.

The reading, which is supported by the Chicopee Cultural Council, will be held at the Chicopee Public Library, 449 Front St., at 6:30 p.m.

Voices From Inside’s regional workshops are open to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women, as well as women recovering from addiction.

By engaging with the public through spoken-word performance, participants share their stories and attempt to diminish the stigma that incarceration and recovery creates, while also breaking down barriers to full acceptance upon re-entry into their communities, according to a Voices From Inside press release. Many incarcerated women have histories of abuse, trauma, poverty and lack of social service networks.

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