About the Book
“[The girl within me]…wants her security back when she didn’t have to wonder if she could stay the night and not knowing who she had to go up against in the morning. She wants her foundations where everything was stable and nobody left her high and dry.” – Antonett F.
Today, over 2000 students in the Cincinnati schools experience homelessness. Two non-profit organizations, Project Connect and Women Writing for a Change, collaborated to bring an in-school writing program to teens in area high schools and homeless shelters. This 70-page anthology, a culmination of the program, offers nearly 50 poems and short stories written by 40 young women experiencing life without a stable home. From reflections specific to their homelessness experience, to thoughts and feelings common to just about any teenage girl, the writings offer a glimpse of the young women’s courage, honesty, strength, individuality, and sense of community in the face of overwhelming odds.
“Our Stories” was underwritten through the generous support of ArtsWave Cincinnati and The Ohio Arts Council. Profits from the sale of this book will support the outreach efforts of Women Writing for a Change.
Beyond the Trees is a personal history business that helps people go beyond the facts and figures of their family tree to tell the stories of their lives. We create oral histories, collaborative tribute books for milestone events, anthologies, memoirs, and cookbooks. The principals of Beyond the Trees are writers, personal history buffs and curious, caring individuals. Kristi Woodworth has an M.B.A. in Marketing and 20 years of experience as a marketing research professional. Jennifer Sauers has a psychiatric nursing background and has worked as a clinical research project manager and technical writer. Both are enthusiastic about helping individuals and groups produce high-quality books.