Shadelandhouse Modern Press will recognize both National Domestic Awareness Month and National Hispanic Heritage Month on Saturday, October 13 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. at Brier Books, 319 S. Ashland Avenue, Lexington, Kentucky 40502, (859-523-6404) with readings by two Kentucky women writers: Sandi Keaton-Wilson, a Southern Appalachian writer from Somerset, Kentucky,  and Marta Miranda-Straub, a Latina poet and storyteller who has spent her life working towards equity, inclusion, and creating systems change and whose  activism has focused on advancing social and economic justice for marginalized communities. The event is co-hosted by Brier Books and Shadelandhouse Modern Press.

October is National Domestic Violence Month. According to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence:

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) evolved from the “Day of Unity” held in October 1981 and conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became an entire week devoted to a range of activities conducted at the local, state, and national level. The activities conducted were as varied and diverse as the program sponsors but had common themes:

Mourning those who have died because of domestic violence

Celebrating those who have survived

Connecting those who work to end violence

These three themes remain a key focus of DVAM events today.

See more information on National Domestic Awareness Month and activities in which you can participate locally.

September 15–October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month in celebration and recognition of “the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.”

Sandi Keaton-Wilson

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and greet Sandi Keaton-Wilson and to celebrate the recent release of her new book, No Shroud of Silence, her contributions to domestic violence awareness, and her refusing to “keep mum about injustice,/prejudice, political bigotry, racism, sexism,/or be quiet about the fact that IN GOD [SHE] TRUST.” (from the title poem “No Shroud of Silence”). Read one of Keaton-Wilson’s poems.


Marta Miranda-Straub

Miranda-Straub will be reading selections to be included in her forthcoming book Cradled by Skeletons. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and greet Marta, a Latina woman who refers to herself affectionately as a Cubalachian, and to celebrate her many contributions, including advancing social and economic justice for marginalized communities. She was inducted into the Affrilachian Poets by Frank X Walker in 2009. Marta has read and performed poetry and stories nationally at universities, literary venues, conferences, marches and rallies. Cradled by Skeletons will be released in a bilingual edition (English and Spanish). Read one of Marta’s poems.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served and there will be a drawing for door prizes for attendees who register at the reading for the drawing, sponsored by Shadelandhouse Modern Press. (No purchase is necessary to participate in the drawing, but you must be present to win.)

Shadelandhouse Modern Press is an award-winning independent book publishing company located in Lexington, Kentucky. We are a women-owned small business. Shadelandhouse was founded in 2013 to publish authentic, compelling nonfiction, literary fiction, poetry, and plays. We are committed to the advancement of established and emerging writers, outstanding writing, excellence in publishing, and the production of hight quality, entertaining and artistic books. We are a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association and a patron member of the Poetry Society of America.

Watch for our forthcoming titles:  Broken Frequencies, a book of poems by James A. Riley, Cradled by Skeletons by Marta Miranda-Struab, Blessed (a novel) by Sherry RobinsonUs, In Pieces, (a novel) by Tasha Cotter and Chris Green, and Spring Time for Sophia (nonfiction) by Richard H. Underwood.