A live reading, Suicide Imprint, will be presented at the Rosendale Theatre on November 15th as part of the New Work Forum series (in which audience members receive free admission in exchange for their feedback). The reading is by seven women who participated in a writing workshop for suicide survivors (people who had lost someone they loved to suicide) and individuals who had attempted suicide.
Next Tuesday night the group will come together to transform a fearful, taboo subject into knowledge and life experience that can be shared and understood. The first-person accounts they present are a moving testimony to what it is to lose a loved one, or to almost lose oneself.
We welcome Maureen Cummins, a visual artist and writer whose current work, including her book-in-progress, explores the gendered history of “mental health” in America; Beverly Donofrio, the author of Riding in Cars with Boys, Looking for Mary, and Astonished; and Denise Ranaghan who has been working in the mental health field for 16 years. She is the director of Wellness Services at Mental Health Association in Ulster county and is the author of Institutional Eyes; A Childhood Revisited in the Military.