Publications, Performances, and Other Adventures — come join me!
~ I am now coaching near and far using easy-to-use technology. This works flexibly and can include messaging (text, WhatsApp, Messenger, etc), email, video (Skype, Google Duo, Zoom, etc), or phone (or a combination). We can work together no matter where you are located, what your schedule is, or what the local weather might be. I still also offer in-person coaching, primarily in half-day and longer intensives (usually in the Boston, U.S.A. area—other locations linked to my travel schedule). Please contact me if you’re interested in these possibilities – we’ll have a real conversation about what you need and how I can support what matters most to you.
~forthcoming (Feb 2018), my reflective essay “In a Series of Silences“, in the anthology by survivors of sexual violence, Things We Haven’t Said, ed. Erin Moulton (Zest Books, 2018) *note: pre-orders open via your favorite independent bookshop or the online links here https://www.quartoknows.com/books/9781942186342/Things-We-Haven-t-Said.html
From the publisher:
is a powerful collection of poems, essays, letters, vignettes and interviews written by a diverse group of impressive adults who survived sexual violence as children and adolescents. Structured to incorporate creative writing to engage the reader and informative interviews to dig for context, this anthology is a valuable resource of hope, grit and honest conversation that will help teens tackle the topic of sexual violence, upend stigma and maintain hope for a better future.”Things We Haven’t Said
Proceeds from the book are being donated to survivor support organizations RAINN and THE VOICES AND FACES PROJECT.
~I had a little surgery (the deft removal of my thyroid and the bit of cancer that was hanging out there) on July 08, 2014, so I created Sharon’s Thyroid Goodbye Party, a little blog about the experience http://sharonsthyroidgoodbyeparty.wordpress.com/ Please feel free to share with others who may be going through something similar. And, by the way, I’m doing great, feeling fantastic, and getting into more deep and delightful creative work.
~ An excerpt “Sugar Shines in the Air“, from my novel-in-verse EARLY EARL AND THE LATE-NIGHT SHINE, as well as my poem “What My Neighbourhood Eats” have been published in the March 2014 issue of Alimentum (journal of the literature of food): http://www.alimentumjournal.com/two-poems-by-sharon-abra-hanen/#.UxpVzPldUjo
~ I performed “In the Dark of Solstice Light” http://wellfedpoet.com/2011/12/21/solstice-eve/ for a wonderful all-ages crowd of 250 people circled around a beautiful fire on the grounds of the historic Old Manse in Concord, MA as part of the community Solstice celebrations on December 21, 2013. The weather was ideal and the spirit of the music (cheers to our Voices for the Earth chorus with warmly welcoming leader guitarist Fred Lindgren), the poetry, the participants, and the environment (the event was organized by the Musketaquid Arts and Environment program at The Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts in Concord) was completely in harmony. Particularly gratifying as the event has been rained out more than once.
~ I was almost a “flash poet” on Boston Common on Friday, July 19th, 2-4pm, as part of wonderful writers’ center Grub Street’s literary contribution http://www.grubstreet.org/ to the exciting (and free) Outside the Box arts festival http://outsidetheboxboston.org/. Alas, the Grub Street tent near the Frog Pond was closed down right before my shift due to the record-breaking typewriter-melting hot temperatures (99-ish degree F!) and so I will look forward to writing a poem for you another time (there may even be vintage writing implements involved)!
~ My musical piece “In the Spirit of This Place” was sung June 21, 2013 at the Concord, MA community Solstice Celebration (set on and around the river at the historic Old North Bridge and Old Manse) by the Voices for the Earth Chorus (part of the Musketaquid Arts and Environment Program based at Emerson Umbrella for the Arts in Concord, MA). The chorus performed on the bridge, as a flotilla of lantern-lit boats paddled in the sunset. See and hear a few magical moments on YouTube http://ow.ly/n3GRE
Thanks to everyone who made this relaxed, family-friendly, music-graced evening possible, especially Carol Hamilton, Director of The Voices for the Earth chorus, who bravely gave me several wonderful opportunities to hear my work performed for an appreciative community, and who, with guitarist Fred Lindgren, arranged this piece. For updates on future solstice events, see http://www.emersonumbrella.org/musketaquid/solstice/
~ My poem “Boulevard Diner, Worcester” has been selected by the editors of Alimentum (“The Literature of Food”) for inclusion in Menupoems 2013, a restaurant-themed project celebrating April – National Poetry Month: http://www.alimentumjournal.com/menupoems-2013/ (scroll to 3rd poem from the top)