The Tibetan Nuns Project, the organization with which I used to volunteer and which inspired this project, has recently updated their website. It looks wonderful – so much more sleek, beautiful, and personal.
Also, there is a page featuring some of the stories I read when I conducted my research in Seattle! These are the very bios I encountered in 2010 that spurred my idea for RVP. Take a moment to look through them – these are the women who will be featured in Restored Voice (except that their narratives will be much longer, and their photography will be present as well).
You will see immediately why I find these women so inspiring:
Folks and friends,
After a careful review process, the Restored Voice Project is now live on the wonderful Kickstarter.com! Here is the link to the project’s page:
Please take a look and pass around this project to the people in your own community who you feel would be excited to support an empowering book of refugee women’s stories. As I say on my Kickstarter page:
I have friends in the arts and education worlds on several continents, from L.A. to Montpellier to Bombay. All of them have expressed excitement about Restored Voice. I think this is a book that people really want to read, and those who have connections have been eager to offer them to me.
There are millions of people out there who want women’s stories to be told. There are millions of people out there who want Tibetan stories to be told. Refugee stories, empowerment stories, spiritual stories, political stories – these nuns’ lives span the passions of so many different people.
Already I have seen such a huge surge of excitement, encouragement, and offers of help and support from so many people. The warmth and generosity of the human spirit, in response to a project like this, is limitless. I’ve already seen it. All RVP needs now is enough people to hear about it!
Good news for the Restored Voice Project: I have access to some lovely portraits and images of the Tibetan women of Dharamsala. This means the Kickstarter will launch sooner than expected: September 30th!
An example of Wonderlane’s work, and also of the strength and cheer of these women
Wonderlane, A.K.A. Photographer Libre, has taken beautiful, evocative shots all around the world – including many from Seattle… it all seems to lead back to that place! – and has an extensive collection of Tibetan nuns at Dolma Ling nunnery. I’m always thrilled to discover their smiling faces, and in this case, I really needed some help. January rapidly approaches, and the Kickstarter needs to launch. However ready I may be, I know that I need images of these awe-inspiring ladies to really make this project tangible. But I’ve never been to Dharamsala to take my own media. Photographer Libre – aptly named – is happy to share her photos with me for the informational Kickstarter video, so that I can show the nuns themselves. A video just of me would not be as powerful, because this isn’t really my book. It’s theirs. And I hope to feature photography in the book.
I would like to take this moment to thank Wonderlane publicly. Her work is already exquisite, but it’s made all the more beautiful by her willingness to share and help other artists realize their goals – and, specifically with RVP, to help a project that seeks to share, empower, and spread the word to the world. Kudos, Wonderlane! All of you should definitely check out her site: here is it again. I think a copy of the finished book will magically appear in her mailbox someday…