is a forum for the many musings of Colleen Redman, a writer born
and raised in the sea coast town of Hull, Massachusetts and now
living in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.
published a book
about the lives and deaths of her two brothers who passed away
within a month of each other in 2001. The
book is titled "The
Jim and Dan Stories: A Journey of Grief and Faith".
This website is dedicated to their memory.
Colleen's latest book,
"Muses Like Moonlight: A Closet Poet Comes Out,"
now available online, is a collection of
her favorite poems. Here is an excerpt from the back cover of
Muses Like Moonlight, her first collection of poetry, Redman draws
from her past and celebrates the present with subjects ranging
from her “Grandmother’s Brogue” to “Steamy August and the Hose
Stud.” The poems are woven together and introduced by Redman’s
essays, in which she comments on her early aversion to poetry
(in favor of jump rope songs and Bob Dylan lyrics), homesteading,
giving poetry readings, courting the muses (“more fickle than
cats already well-fed”) and more.
A former creative
writing teacher at the Blue Mountain School in her adopted hometown
of Floyd, Redman is a longtime contributor to and co-editor of
“A Museletter,” a community forum. She writes political commentaries
that have been widely published and maintains a website, which
serves as a contact place for her writing and her books. In describing
herself for a recent writer’s bio-note, she wrote: “I keep a dictionary
in the backseat of my car and a kaleidoscope in my glove compartment.
What else do you need to know?”
Read the press
and a few samples
from her book.
Jim and Dan Stories: A Journey of Grief and Faith
the back cover:)
The last few weeks of my brother’s lives played out like the conclusion
of a dramatic Hollywood script, a plot with a twist. The road
trip they took, two weeks before the first death, became the beginning
of a larger journey, the one in which they would both leave this
world. Although their deaths were the catalyst for this book,
the stories are as much about our lives as Redmans, growing up
in an Irish Catholic, working class clan in the South Shore of
Boston, Massachusetts, during the 50’s – 70’s. The book also chronicles
the experience of writing, from my cabin home in the Blue Ridge
Mountains of Virginia, in the midst of the acute stages of grief.
It reveals the identity crisis that surfaced in me after the loss
of my brothers, and the resolution I eventually came to--that
within loss there is much to be received, and through the experience
of death, life can be made even more precious. I like to think
that Jim and Dan are still on their journey. I like to think of
them as our family’s pioneers.
If you'd like to read more about "The
Jim and Dan Stories" including
a few stories from the book, photos and reader's responses, or
would like to learn more about Colleen
Redman and read some of her other
writings, please visit the links on the left.