A poignant portrayal of love and forgiveness—
In Shadow Man, Margaret Chula brings her father out of the shadows where he had been since 1957, the day her mother packed their five children—all under the age of ten—into the car and drove away. Over the years, Margaret comes to accept the differences between a mother who wants China cups with saucers and a father who’s content with a Budweiser. Through writing about these awkward, often heartbreaking, interactions with her estranged father, she discovers that there’s more than one truth and that each of us must find our own.
The #metoo story that took over 30 years to reveal—
Inspired by the countless number of women who are bravely opening up to share their truth, Shawn adds her voice to the fight against the oppressive, misogynic times we live in. It’s time to stop blaming the victim and to stop asking what she was wearing! For Shawn, writing through the pain and sharing these poems has proven to be cathartic and even epiphanic at times. It is her hope this work can help women of all ages face and cope with their own traumas, while letting them know they can indeed heal and go on to enjoy loving, trusting relationships.
About the Readers:
Margaret Chula has been writing, teaching, and publishing poetry for over forty years. Her recent books include: Shadow Man, Daffodils at Twilight, and One Leaf Detaches. Grants from the Oregon Arts Commission and the Regional Arts and Culture Council have supported her work, as well as fellowships to the Vermont Studio Center, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and Playa at Summer Lake. Maggie has been a featured speaker and workshop leader at conferences throughout the United States, as well as in Poland, Canada, Peru, and Japan. She has also served as president of the Tanka Society of America and as Poet Laureate for Friends of Chamber Music. Living in Kyoto for twelve years, she now makes her home in Portland, Oregon, where she hikes, swims, and creates flower arrangements for every room of the house.
Shawn Aveningo Sanders grew up in Missouri and after a bit of globetrotting finally landed in Portland, Oregon, where she miraculously overcame her fear of birds upon meeting two baby juncos in her backyard. Shawn’s work has appeared worldwide in over 140 literary journals and anthologies, including Calyx, Amsterdam Quarterly, American Journal of Poetry, and Poets Reading the News. Her most recent chapbook, What She is Wearing, was released in 2019. She’s a Pushcart nominee, Best of the Net nominee and managing editor for The Poeming Pigeon. She was voted Best Female Poet-Performer in Sacramento News & Review (2009) and was winner of the first poetry slam in Placerville, California (2012). Shawn is a proud mother of three amazing adults, and she shares the creative life with her husband.