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Lanette Sweeney and Miriam Greenspan

Join us on Zoom on November 4 at 7pm for a poetry reading with poet memoirists Lanette Sweeney and Miriam Greenspan, both mothers of children lost to addiction. Lanette will read from What I Should Have Said: A Poetry Memoir About Losing a Child to Addiction. Miriam will read from The Heroin Addict’s Mother: A Memoir in Poetry.

About the Books

What I Should Have Said: A Poetry Memoir About Losing A Child to Addiction

What I Should Have Said: A Poetry Memoir about Losing a Child to Addiction recounts a mother's grief, guilt, sorrow, and search for meaning after her 26-year-old son's death by overdose. The book is divided into the stages of grief, with sections on denial and depression, anger, bargaining and, eventually, acceptance. Sweeney's son's poems appear throughout the collection, often in seeming conversation with his grieving mother's words. The author hopes the book demonstrates that even the most devastating grief can result in post-traumatic growth and that medication-assisted treatment saves lives and should not be stigmatized. 

The Heroin Addict's Mother: A Memoir in Poetry

Out of the maelstrom of a daughter's heroin addiction come these gripping poems of love and powerlessness, tenacity and surrender, brokenness and resilience. In The Heroin Addict's Mother: A Memoir in Poetry, Miriam Greenspan, eminent psychologist and author of the bestselling Healing Through the Dark Emotions:The Wisdom of Grief, Fear, and Despair offers an intimate memoir that servesas a poetry of witness to the opiate epidemic that is ravaging millions of families throughout the United States.


About the Authors

Lanette Sweeney's debut collection, What I Should Have Said: A Poetry Memoir About Losing A Child to Addiction, was published by Finishing Line Press in August, 2021. Sweeney’s writing has appeared in daily newspapers, print and online literary magazines (including Rattle, Amethyst Review, Gyroscope, Blue Collar Review, and Please See Me), as well as in anthologies and textbooks, including several editions of the college-level women’s studies textbook, Women: Images and Reality, A Multicultural Anthology, published by McGraw Hill. Her essays, blog posts and book reviews can be seen on her website,  

Miriam Greenspan 

Miriam Greenspan, M.Ed., LMHC, is an internationally renowned psychotherapist, author, public speaker, poet, and workshop leader. Her pioneering book, A New Approach to Women & Therapy  helped define the field of feminist therapy.
Healing Through the Dark Emotions: the Wisdom of Grief, Fear, and Despair, a Boston Globe bestseller, won the 2004 gold Nautilus Book Award in self-help/psychology for “books that make a contribution to conscious living and positive social change.” Her work has appeared in many anthologies and magazines, including HuffingtonPost, The Sun, Psychology Today, Spirituality & Health, Shambhala Sun, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. 
The Heroin Addict's Mother (Atmosphere Press, 2021) is Miriam's first book of poetry. She has read from this collection at the Mass Poetry Festival, the Riverwood Poetry Series, the Boston Public Library, and in 13 towns in Massachusetts at meetings of Learn to Cope, a support network for families dealing with addiction and recovery. 

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Event date: 
Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Odyssey Bookshop
9 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
What I Should Have Said: A Poetry Memoir About Losing A Child to Addiction By Lanette Sweeney Cover Image
ISBN: 9781646624836
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Published: Finishing Line Press - July 23rd, 2021

The Heroin Addict's Mother By Miriam Greenspan Cover Image
ISBN: 9781636495354
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Published: Atmosphere Press - January 28th, 2021

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