“Shadowed – Unheard Voices,” a collection of poetry and photographs compiled and edited by Joell Hallowell and Meg Withers, will be released in early November by The Press at California State University, Fresno.
Inspired by the kind of unlabeled or anonymous photographs found in a forgotten family album or discovered at a garage sale, the authors selected works that invite readers to ponder the nature of family, anonymity, love and loss. They describe the book as a tribute to the unknown.
Hallowell and Withers asked 34 poets to create works inspired by an eclectic collection of black and white photographs of women from the late 1800s to the 1940s. The resulting book is a collection of thought-provoking poems by contemporary writers delving into the nature of memory and evidence — speculating about the women who were never known, or who never made it into family legacy or lore.
The paperback book will retail for $15 and can be purchased starting in November through The Press website.
Hallowell is a writer and experimental filmmaker living in San Francisco. Withers is a published author and community activist who teaches English at Merced Community College.
The mission of The Press is to publish great literature by both emerging and established voices, scholarly books that expand the horizons of human knowledge and other works that promote the rich cultural heritage of California’s Central Valley.
“Shadowed – Unheard Voices” is the third book published by The Press this year. It follows the release of “My Name is Armen – A Life in Column Inches,” by Fresno State alumna Armen Bacon.
The Press will host a book launch and celebration for “Shadowed – Unheard Voices” at 4 p.m. Dec. 13 at 1821 Gallery & Studios (1821 Calaveras Street in Fresno).