We Leave The Flowers Where They Are: True Stories of Montana Women
Storytellers featured in the eclectic collection We Leave The Flowerers Where They Are: True Stories of Montana Women will read work from the book. Groups of contributors have been touring the region to help lift women's voices and connect communities with local resources that serve women. Auntie's event will include readings from Sharma Shields, Gladys Considine, Dolly Browder, Jessica Bruinsma, and Jain Walsh.
A portion of the book’s proceeds will benefit two nonprofit organizations — Zootown Arts Community Center (ZACC) and Humanities Montana.
Women's Hearth-- an organization devoted to fighting poverty and homelessness for women and children-- will be selling baked goods produced by their New Leaf Bakery and Cafe. New Leaf provides job training in the food services industry for women with barriers to traditional employment.
About We Leave the Flowers Where They Are: True Stories of Montana Women
Edited by Richard Fifield (author of The Flood Girls and The Small Crimes of Tiffany Templeton), this anthology is a truly diverse collection, with stories from women all around the Big Sky State, from Powder River to Eureka. Reflecting the lives of all Montana women, the authors’ stories offer joy, pain, humor and hope. From the story of how a midwife in Montana was sued and fought in court to ultimately earn the first professional license issued by the state, to the memoir of an incarcerated woman diagnosed with AIDS, the anthology represents the voices of writers with stories that demand to be told. Fifield’s hope is that these memoirs will help other women to not feel alone, ashamed, and to believe that change is possible. The idea for the project grew out of Fifield’s memoir classes. Women of all ages and backgrounds have been writing and sharing their stories in his classes for years, according to Fifield, who says “it is time to share these stories with a broader audience.”
About Zootown Arts Community Center:
The Zootown Arts Community Center is Missoula’s non-profit arts center and supports local and regional artists, performing artists, musicians, and creative spirits by being a safe, open, inclusive space in which all community members and visitors can comfortably create, collaborate, and thrive.
About Humanities Montana:
Humanities Montana is Montana’s state humanities council. Established in 1972, they are one of fifty-six councils across the nation that the National Endowment for the Humanities created in order to better infuse the humanities directly and effectively into public life.
For 47 years, Humanities Montana has helped strengthen communities through grants and special programs that reach into every corner of their state. They produce, fund, create, and support humanities-based projects and programs, eye-opening cultural experiences, and meaningful conversations. They connect people, inspire ideas, and deepen mutual understanding.