Writers for Recovery is a series of writing workshops focused on addiction and recovery.
Kurtis Thompson: "Sobriety Stew"
Kurtis Thompson is a Vermont native who grew up on a dirt road in the middle of nowhere. He has wanted to be a writer since he was five years old. After living in the Rochester area for eleven years, he moved back to Vermont four years ago and is always trying to learn new things and make improvements to his life.
On this week's podcast, Kurtis reads his original poem, "Sobriety Stew."
John Gower: "Why I Like to Garden"
John Gower lives in Burlington in a furnished room. He says writing makes his life bigger: it doubles the pleasure, doubles the fun. He thinks dating a woman long distance is what started his interest in writing. He likes the idea of being in love. Imagination, he says, is a very sweet thing. It can lead most anywhere.
On this week's podcast, he reads his original poem, "Why I Like to Garden."
Stan Worthley: "I Am From"
Stan Worthley is a recovering addict and alcoholic. He has lived with PTSD for 30 years and self-medicated for 20 years. His recovery was only able to begin after he started writing about his experiences.
On this week's podcast, Stan reads his original poem, "I Am From."
This episode is supported by Community Health Centers of the Rutland Region.
Angala Devoid: "I Win"
Angala Devoid has been in recovery for fourteen years. Angala says she drank to forget yesterdays and hide her feelings, to be liked and accepted. Once she admitted she was an alcoholic, her life changed. She grew to love the world she once hated and looked in the mirror and saw a beautiful, outgoing woman. Today she is a great mother, sister, daughter, friend, and member of her community.
This episode is supported by Indian Stream Health Center.
Doreen Phillips: "The Moment I Knew Something Had to Change"
Doreen Phillips grew up in Indiana and has lived in central Vermont for almost 19 years. She now participates in the Transformative Language Arts Network (TLAN) affiliated with Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont, and hopes to earn her master's degree by 2020. In collaboration with writers and storytellers across the nation, Doreen plans to use TLA and recovery work to assist others.
On this week's podcast, she reads "The Moment I Knew Something Had to Change."
Maura Quinn: "Craving"
Maura Quinn came to sobriety late in life: at fifty-four, when she began a journey to reset her soul. Quinn spent twenty-five years behind the scenes in television news. Her mother’s death, the loss of four beloved pets, and a layoff sent her in search of natural beauty in Vermont. Working the steps of recovery with her fellow writers unearthed a path to liberation from inebriation.
On this week's podcast, Maura reads her original poem, "Craving."
Required listening for anyone who has little understanding of addiction.
Often beautiful, often heartbreaking. I can not encourage listeners to give these stories a play. Maybe you’ll find some enlightenment from the mouths of a babes and addicts. Enlighten yourself, learn what the other side has to say in their own words about addiction.