This April, The Freya Project supports Bridges Domestic Violence Center with an evening of readings on Thursday April 27th, at 7pm. Bridges Domestic Violence Center is the only domestic violence shelter in Williamson county, Tennessee. This organization provides a 24-hour crisis hotline to provide immediate assistance, an outreach support group, and shelter at an undisclosed location. Bridges serves community members affected by domestic violence, ensuring a safe transition to successful independent living. Donations will go to providing free services, including crisis intervention, temporary shelter, court advocacy, and case management to vicitims of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.
These five dynamic women will share an essay about a time they felt stuck. We can't wait to hear their stories. All proceeds from ticket sales and a portion of bar sales will go directly to Bridges Domestic Violence Center.
Abeer Y. Hoque is a Nigerian born Bangladeshi American writer and photographer. She likes wild arugula, the centers of sunflowers, and the shy ones. Her books include a travel photography and poetry monograph (The Long Way Home, 2013), a collection of linked stories, poems, and photographs (The Lovers and the Leavers, 2015), and a memoir (Olive Witch, 2017). See more at olivewitch.com.
Syreeta McFadden is a writer, photographer and professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York. Syreeta’s work deals largely with gender, politics, race and culture. Her work has been featured in the New York Times Magazine, BuzzFeed News, NPR, The Nation, and The Guardian. She is currently working on a collection of essays.
Photo: Robby Klein
Eleanore Pienta is an actress, visual artist and dancer. She was the breakout lead of the indie feature See You Next Tuesday. She won a special jury prize at SXSW for Best Ensemble for the feature A Bad Idea Gone Wrong. She is a founding member of the dance-comedy trio Cocoon Central Dance Team which has performed at The Bellhouse, Union Hall, The PIT, Upright Citizens Brigade, Terminal 5 and MoMA PS 1.
Kristen Scarlett is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor at One Medical Group. She is currently working with patients in a primary care setting on various issues including depression, anxiety, insomnia and obsessive thinking. She pioneered the mental health department at Overlook Hospital's Cancer Center in Summit, NJ and has worked in private practice in Union Square among other ventures. She is a contributor to One Medical Group's blog and has written on various topics including the anxiety of dating, stress management and how to deal with difficult emotions after the Paris attacks and the election. She has a masters in counseling psychology and is licensed and nationally certified as a mental health counselor.
Lena Valencia is the managing editor of One Story. Her writing has appeared in StoryChord, BOMB Magazine, The Masters Review, and elsewhere. She received her MFA in Fiction from The New School and teaches at the Sackett Street Writer's Workshop and Catapult.
If you are unable to attend our event please consider purchasing a ticket as a donation. Make a note that says donation when you purchase. Thank you!
Please join us on April 27, 2017 at 7pm, at Ramona.