|Martha Collins and Mary Evelyn Greene|
|Sun, 23 Nov, 2014 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM|
|Martha Collins reads from Day Unto Day. She is joined by Mary Evelyn Greene, author of When Rain Hurts. The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing.
Martha Collins is the author of Day Unto Day, White Papers, and Blue Front , a book-length poem based on a lynching her father witnessed when he was five years old. Collins has also published four earlier collections of poems, three books of co-translations from the Vietnamese, and two chapbooks. Both White Papers andBlue Front won Ohioana awards. Blue Front also won an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and was chosen as one of “25 Books to Remember from 2006” by the New York Public Library. Collins’ other awards include fellowships from the NEA, the Bunting Institute, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the Witter Bynner Foundation, as well as three Pushcart Prizes, the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award, a Lannan residency grant, and the Laurence Goldstein Poetry Prize.
Mary Evelyn Greene, Senior Managing Attorney with the Environmental Integrity Project, adopted two toddlers from Russia in 2004. Ever since, she has devoted herself to improving her alcohol-exposed son’s conditions, publishing articles in Adoptive Families Magazine and Adoption Today along the way. She is a contributing author to Easy to Love but Hard to Raise (2012), a collection of stories written for and by parents of special needs kids. She currently lives in Silver Spring with her husband and children. When Rain Hurts is her first book.
|Location:||The Writer’s Center
4508 Walsh Street
Bethesda, MD 20815
|Contact:||301-654-8664 or email@example.com|
|Calendar:||Workshop & Event Calendar|
|Category:||Open Door Reading|
In this episode of the BSTS talk show, change agents and Dr. Rich recently sat down with Mary Greene, an adoptive mother of two children from Russia, to discuss her memoir, which is much like a contemporary version of Michael Dorris’s, “The Broken Cord.”
In her book “When rain hurts” Mary describes her journey of adopting Peter and her daughter, Sophie, as toddlers, and the struggles and joy she and her husband have experienced since then. From discussions about her son’s disruptive behavior to learning about and dealing with his FASD-related special needs, she opens up her life in a very honest and touching way.
“You can still love someone but hate what it’s doing to our family and what it is doing to him. And the impact that it is having on all of us.”
“The message has to be changed, that drinking when you have the opportunity to get pregnant is dangerous and comes with risks. Doctors and other health care professionals need to speak honestly with women about their drinking habits.”