Beauty for Ashes: Stories of Maternal Hope

Saturdays, Feb 15 through Apr 4 from 10am-12pm

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Beauty for Ashes: Stories of Maternal Hope is a restorative writing project seeking the stories of black women who have experienced a difficult pregnancy or the tragedy of infant death.

Has a complicated pregnancy or the loss of an infant impacted your life? Would you be willing to share your story?

Black women in Cuyahoga County die from complications due to childbirth, deliver premature babies, and suffer infant mortality at higher rates than women in third world countries. To help shed light on this issue, the American Association of Clergy and Employers (AACE) and Literary Cleveland are offering a free eight-week writing workshop to provide black women the space to tell their stories on their own terms.

Writer and instructor Charlotte Morgan will lead the workshops where voice, poetry, performance, or writing can be used to share memories of the past and dream of the future. Ten select participants will receive a stipend of $200.

If you have firsthand experience of these issues, your story can make a difference and may save the life of a baby in our community.

Beauty for Ashes: Stories of Maternal Hope with Charlotte Morgan takes place Saturdays 2/15, 2/22, 2/29, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28 & 4/4 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at Living Truth Center: 1850 Belmore Road, East Cleveland, OH 44112 located next to the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Center of Cleveland Clinic. For questions or more information, please call 440-494-6290.

The Beauty for Ashes: Stories of Maternal Hope program is run by the American Association of Clergy and Employers (AACE) in partnership with Literary Cleveland, FreshWater Cleveland, Cleveland Clergy Coalition, Radio-One 107.9 FM,WERE AM 1490, Karin McKenna Photography, and Ohio Representative Stephanie Howse.

This project is made possible through the generous support of The Cleveland Foundation, Akron Community Foundation, George Gund Foundation, Center for Community Solutions and the Knight Foundation.

Photo courtesy of Karin McKenna Photography.

Beauty for Ashes: Stories of Maternal Hope is a restorative writing project seeking the stories of black women who have experienced a difficult pregnancy or the tragedy of infant death.

Has a complicated pregnancy or the loss of an infant impacted your life? Would you be willing to share your story?

Black women in Cuyahoga County die from complications due to childbirth, deliver premature babies, and suffer infant mortality at higher rates than women in third world countries. To help shed light on this issue, the American Association of Clergy and Employers (AACE) and Literary Cleveland are offering a free eight-week writing workshop to provide black women the space to tell their stories on their own terms.

Writer and instructor Charlotte Morgan will lead the workshops where voice, poetry, performance, or writing can be used to share memories of the past and dream of the future. Ten select participants will receive a stipend of $200.

If you have firsthand experience of these issues, your story can make a difference and may save the life of a baby in our community.

Beauty for Ashes: Stories of Maternal Hope with Charlotte Morgan takes place Saturdays 2/15, 2/22, 2/29, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28 & 4/4 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at Living Truth Center: 1850 Belmore Road, East Cleveland, OH 44112 located next to the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Center of Cleveland Clinic. For questions or more information, please call 440-494-6290.

The Beauty for Ashes: Stories of Maternal Hope program is run by the American Association of Clergy and Employers (AACE) in partnership with Literary Cleveland, FreshWater Cleveland, Cleveland Clergy Coalition, Radio-One 107.9 FM,WERE AM 1490, Karin McKenna Photography, and Ohio Representative Stephanie Howse.

This project is made possible through the generous support of The Cleveland Foundation, Akron Community Foundation, George Gund Foundation, Center for Community Solutions and the Knight Foundation.

Photo courtesy of Karin McKenna Photography.

Living Truth Center

1850 Belmore Road, East Cleveland, OH 44112

Located next to Cleveland Clinic's Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Center with secure parking.

Our Instructors

Charlotte Morgan

Charlotte Morgan holds a Masters in English (Creative Writing) from Cleveland State University where she has taught Composition and Intro to Fiction. Charlotte’s passion is helping people find their creative cultural voices. In 2018, she worked on Cleveland Stories, an anthology published by Literary Cleveland. Presently she is polishing "Glenville: My Side of Paradise”, a memoir on race and place.

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