On October 26, 2019, The Friends of the Seaside Library welcome Mindy Hardwick who will discuss her book, “Kids in Orange: Voices from Juvenile Detention.”
In the middle of a career change from teacher to writer, Mindy Hardwick volunteered to facilitate a weekly poetry workshop at a juvenile detention center. By helping the teens write poetry about their lives, Mindy discovered strength and courage to grieve the loss of her father, find forgiveness, and release the past.
She was inspired by the prose, written by the juvenile offenders, to write “Kids in Orange” as a way to focus attention to the creativity that lies just below the surface in some of our troubled youth.
“Writing the book was a ten-year process including seven years of running the workshop with the kids. For the last three years during March, I worked on the story, spreading the pages across my dining room table as I tried to make sense of a structure which included short vignettes, the teen’s poetry and my dad’s recipes from his blog. I knew the story would include three voices–mine, my Dad’s and the teens I had worked with. I just didn’t know how to weave it all together and it took a strenuous post graduate semester with Vermont College that involved more tears than I can count for it to finally come together.”
Mindy Hardwick holds an MFA in writing from Vermont College. She is a multi-published author of children’s books and contemporary romance.
The event will take place in the Community Room at 1:00 p.m.