Sarabande Writing Labs, SWL Featured Voices

Featured voice: SWL ALUM Melinda B.

Listen in to Sarabande Writing Labs alum Melinda reading "Growing Up Alone," a poem she wrote during our fall 2014 poetry workshop at Hotel Louisville, a recovery facility and homeless shelter. More featured voices here.


Growing Up Alone
by Melinda B.

It was like
being in a desert
no one else around
wind blowing sand

No it wasn't

It was like
drifting alone on a canoe
far away
into the sunset

No it wasn't

It was
having family
hugs touches
people who cared

But I was still alone


"Growing Up Alone" appears in The Field of Me, an anthology of poems written by women enrolled in Sarabande Writing Labs' fall 2014 session at Hotel Louisville. Now you can purchase this beautiful, handmade volume RIGHT HERE! All proceeds support the continuation of the Sarabande Writing Labs program.

Sarabande Writing Labs is an arts education initiative created by Louisville-based nonprofit publisher, Sarabande Books. This program reinforces Sarabande's mission to connect new audiences with literature by reaching out to under-resourced communities through free writing workshops and literary events. Learn more and get involved!