Rethinking The Ground Rules

“Rethinking The Ground Rules,” a New Anthology by the Hudson Valley Women’s Writing Group

Rethinking The Ground Rules, the second anthology of prose and poetry from the Hudson Valley Women’s Writing Group is now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Rethinking The Ground Rules explores topics from the coronavirus to the cosmos to the craft of writing itself in varied works that offer journeys of re-examination and rule-breaking that will leave readers marveling at the restorative power of words.

“Seven women friends meet for decades and exchange their writing. They encourage each other to revise, support each other’s work, show up for each other’s readings, and buy each other’s books. Rethinking the Ground Rules is the second book they wrote together, coming after An Apple in Her Hand. Raucous and mesmerizing, the texts included in this collection are spellbinding, electrifying, honest, uplifting, life-affirming, and pure delight.”

– Lucia Cherciu, Author of Train Ride to Bucharest, Poet Laureate of Dutchess County

Hudson Valley Women’s Writing GroupColleen Geraghty, Kit Goldpaugh, Eileen Howard, Tana Miller, Mary K O’Melveny, Jan Zlotnik Schmidt, and Kappa Waugh are seven older women from diverse backgrounds: academics, a social worker, a psychiatric nurse, a teacher, and a lawyer. Some are retired, and some are still working. They are writers, poets, and musicians. All of them are volunteers, activists, and artists. The group writes from the collective perspective of being women of a certain age in a culture that tends to render older women invisible, and irrelevant. Sharing their unique perspectives on such universal themes as memory, joy, resistance, resilience, aging, transformation, visibility they hope to engage readers of all ages and backgrounds.

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