“Perspectives on the Opioid Crisis”, Writers’ Poetry & Narrative Readings

March 22, 2019 at 7:00 pm


Arts Monongahela is hosting “Perspectives on the Opioid Crisis” at 201 High St for the month of March, 2019. This show will feature over 25 visual artists sharing work representing their own perspectives on the opioid crisis impacting individuals and families across West Virginia and elsewhere.

In conjunction with the art show, Arts Monongahela will host two creative writing events at the Gallery. On Friday, March 22, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Valerie Bacharach, Pennie Bisbee Walters, and Deb Wright will read poetry and personal narratives written in response to their own children’s struggle with addiction.

Bacharach’s poetry collection Fireweed was published in 2018 by Main Street Rag and her poems have appeared in various literary magazines. She conducts weekly poetry workshops for the women at CeCe’s Place, a halfway house for women in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Walters earned her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Carlow University in 2018. Her essays and poetry have appeared in Full Grown People and Voices from the Attic. She and her husband have three children and lead the Pittsburgh chapter of GRASP, a national grief support group for people who have lost someone to substance abuse.

Wright received her BA in Elementary Education from Fairmont State University and is a former teacher and Professional Development Specialist from Grafton, West Virginia. Deb writes personal narrative and also enjoys writing Japanese poetry. Writing became a form of therapy for her when her son was struggling with addiction.

The reading will be followed by a question and answer session.

This event is free of charge.

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Arts Monongahela
201 High Street, Morgantown, WV, USA

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