Our community is gravely concerned with the lack of candid conversation and action around the epidemic of domestic violence and violence against women. This is an issue we will continue to engage in the years to come. Some conversations we have hosted and will host!
Three renowned Philadelphia poets came together to speak out against violence against women in their homes and in society at large. The afternoon was split between the poets, a Q & A time, and a time to visit the various informational booths that had been set up to provide informative guidance to help stop violence against women.
TARRED REVIEW: FROM PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY: "At age 37, Janine Latus's younger sister, Amy, was strangled to death by her live-in boyfriend, bundled in a plastic tarp and buried beside a remote country road. It was a wretched end to a too-short life, one frequently marked by disappointment, sadness and struggle. In the hands of a less gifted writer, Amy's story might stand only as an encomium or a cautionary tale: a glimpse into the life of one abused woman, representative of thousands like it. But Latus weaves a double strand."
"Part memoir, part biography, the book (which grew out of an article in O Magazine) explores Latus's own relationships with abusive men-and her eventual emancipation from a marriage riven by emotional and physical violence. Latus has a spare, economical style, softened by an undercurrent of humor and marked by a total absence of self-pity. When on a ski vacation, a boyfriend brutally beats her, breaking several of her ribs and her nose-and then makes love to her, in a twisted form of penance-Latus doesn't wince in the retelling. She lets ambiguities and contradictions abide: she loved her husband, even as he humiliated and hurt her. Had things been slightly different, she seems to say, she-and not Amy-might have perished at the hands of her partner."