"Shattering, haunting, humbling and ultimately triumphant, this poetic memoir takes us deep into a damaged brain and the courageous crawl back to a reclaimed life," says Kathleen Adams, LPC, director of the Center for Journal Therapy & Therapeutic Writing Institute. "Language, once lost, returns to shimmer on the page, each poem and altar to the angel's promise that in trauma there is transformation. This collection will surely provide hope, identification, and voice for those who struggle with TBI, and those who love and serve them. It is a brilliant and urgently needed addition to the literature in therapeutic writing."
Louise Mathewson holds a master’s degree in pastoral studies from Loyola University in Chicago. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Wordgathering: Journal of Disability Poetry, Mochila Review, Boulder County Kid and Sasee magazines, and the anthologies Cup of Comfort—Vol. I (Adams Media) and Borderlines ’08 (University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom).
Most recently her work appears in Mentor’s Bouquet, an anthology edited by Linda Leedy Schneider (Finishing Line Press, Fall 2009).Louise has always loved to write about the sacred moments in everyday experiences, but today these experiences hold even deeper meaning. In February 2003 she emerged from a two-week coma following an auto accident in which she suffered a traumatic brain injury. Though she struggled at first, she resumed writing as soon as she was able. Today Louise lives with her husband in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, where she continues to write and recover.
In a sociocultural climate in which fat bodies are considered diseased and blamed for everything from rising medical costs to global warning, it takes courage for fat women, especially, to express anything but shame about their bodies. Fat Poets Speak is part of and intended for the growing movement reclaiming "fat" as a valid way to exist in the world.
The Fat Poets' Society was born during a poetry workshop at the 2006 annual convention of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, a civil rights organization. The poets are donating their royalties to NAAFA.
But they are more than just their voices. They are women who live and love with gusto, passion and yearning—they live and love fatly.
Fat Poets Speak 2: Living and Loving Fatly takes you on a journey through the days of these deeply angry, loving, creative poets. Experience the stages and states through which they travel in the space of 24 hours, in the space of a week, through the months of the year. Laugh, cry, commiserate and celebrate as the poets guide you through highs and lows, sadness and joy, grim defiance and determination and stunning pinnacles of loving and understanding. Especially lush and sensuous poems are starred for the benefit of readers.The contributors from the first volume, Fat Poets Speak: Voices of the Fat Poets' Society, are back—with the exception of Corinna Makris Winter, whom the poets hope will be able to join them again in the future. This second volume proudly adds Eileen Rosensteel and Mary Ray Worley, founder of the Fat Poets' Society at a NAAFA convention in the Boston area in 2006. Fat Poets Speak 2 also features one poem each by four new voices, activists in the fat acceptance movement.