Accepted editor Sheila Bender just sent the following email to our staff announcing the publication of her memoirs. I want to share her announcement with you:
Seven years ago today, my husband Kurt and I launched our online magazine for those who write from personal experience: www.WritingItReal <http://www.WritingItReal> . It would have been Seth Bender’s 27th birthday, had he not died in December, 2000 in a snowboarding accident. The magazine’s first article was “A Special Birthday,” explaining our purpose in offering the magazine so people would have the “right food and the right stuff,” as Seth used to say, to achieve their writing goals. Although Seth’s goals were usually a hike or a satisfying mountain bike ride, he understood and admired the writer’s needs. He once told me that the only thing wrong with having a poet for a mother was the sound of her Olivetti electric typewriter when he was falling asleep. Now, October 1 also marks the publication of A New Theology: Turning to Poetry in a Time of Grief, the memoir I wrote about how poetry helped me during the months and days and next years after Seth died.
Please click over to the book’s webpage to learn more about the book, the scholarship fund the proceeds support, and how to purchase a copy. You can also click on the Facebook Fan Box on the top left to become a fan of the book. I am hoping to use the fan page to offer discussion about writing grief and titles of other resources for those who are in grief or are supporting others who are grieving.
It is with tears and with the joy of loving my son, of having had him in my life, that I continue, and, that in our hearts, we celebrate his 34th birthday.
Thank you for taking a look.