“Voice Lessons” essay published in Pooled Ink


My essay “Voice Lessons” has been published in the anthology Pooled Ink: Celebrating NCW’s 2014 Contest Winners. 

One in four women in the U.S. is a victim of domestic abuse, whether physical, emotional, or verbal. Men can be victims, too.

If you have a loved one in this situation, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline for advice on how to help. If you’re in northern Colorado, contact Crossroads Safehouse, Alternatives to Violence, or Estes Valley Victim Advocates.

Miss America 2015, Kira Kazantsev of New York, recently spoke at the annual Crossroads Safehouse Gala on “Love Shouldn’t Hurt: Protecting Women Against Domestic Violence.” (Read The Coloradoan article.)

“Abusers and victims range from high school dropouts to PhDs,” she said. “They come from every ethnic, racial and religious background. They can even be Miss America.”

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  1. Hey, fantastic! Congrats! That’s a beautiful essay. . . . Also, when I go to physical therapy, there’s a voice lesson instructor in the office nearby, and every time I hear someone singing, I think of you!

    • Thanks, Laura! My favorite songs to sing these days are “Let It Go,” “For The First Time in Forever,” and the 1998 classic “Thank U” by Alanis Morrisette and Glen Ballard (featured in the movie “The Way,” written, produced, and directed by Emilio Estevez).

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