Author Talk: Sharon Charde, Poetry and Healing
Time: 5:30 pm-6:30 pm
Author Talk: Sharon Charde, I Am NOT A Juvenile Delinquent: How Poetry Changed a Group of At-Risk Y0ung Women (2020)
Online via Zoom, Wednesday, September 30, 5:30 p.m.
The death of a child and the subsequent quest for coping strategies is hardly a new story. For psychotherapist, teacher, and writer Sharon Charde, a decade of volunteering as a poetry teacher at a residential treatment facility for “delinquent” girls helped her let go of much of her grief following the loss of her son, or at least learn how to carry it differently. Healing can come in surprising ways across age and social class, as it did for both the girls and Sharon. Her book I Am NOT A Juvenile Delinquent: How Poetry Changed a Group of At-Risk Y0ung Women (2020) is an account of her journey. Compelling, appealing, poignant and often hilarious, I Am Not a Juvenile Delinquent chronicles the passion that grew in Sharon for pushing voices out into the world. As Sharon and the girls shared their losses through weekly writing, they came to realize their unlimited potential and poetic talents. From Susan Orlean: “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.” Find out more from Sharon during this virtual discussion. Register here, and we will send you a link to the Zoom room a few days before the program.