Salon: Heroic Care Anthology Reading

August 27, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Salem Athenaeum
337 Essex St.
MA 01970
Members: Free; Suggested Donation for General Public: $10
Salem Athenaeum

To care is to be brave. That’s what Betsy Ellor learned while assembling Heroic Care, an anthology of over 40 pieces of art, fiction, memoir, comics, and micro-memoir. Join us on August 27th for a summer evening with 10 local writers and artists included in the anthology. Editor Betsy Ellor will talk about her journey to create this collection as well as give us a taste of what’s inside. There will be a little something for everyone with readers including Matthew Phillion, Susanna Baird, Jim DeFillippi, Jill Pabich, E.F. Sweetman, Bobbi Lerman, Ian Owens, and Colleen Michaels. There will be an opportunity to ask questions as well as purchase a copy of the book for yourself.

Come and enjoy a mix of readings, conversation, and communing with this vibrant creative community we all care so deeply about.

Betsy Ellor is the senior editor for Words Unbound Studio. In addition to writing for several print and online magazines, she is the author of Sara Crewe, a family musical that has been performed around the country.  When not participating in the North Shore creative community she can be found at Endicott College where she is an adjunct professor.


About the Heroic Care Anthology

Fresh. Short. Unexpected. This multi-genre anthology takes on the question of what it means to care in 43 stories, poems, micro-fiction, art, and comics.  

Edward Albert once said, “The simple act of caring is heroic.” This collection of single-sitting reads proves that statement with each turn of the page:
• A refugee mother sacrifices to provide for her children
• A salty, old author brings together a 20th-century father and son
• New romance blooms in New York’s winter snow
• In a dystopian world, one civil servant confronts how much she’s willing to give to save the species
• A dog walker secretly runs a much darker enterprise for the good of her charges
• And many more

Curated from submissions sent in from around the globe, HEROIC CARE includes everything from comics to poetry, short stories to micro-fiction. It includes memoir, sci-fi, romance, fantasy, contemporary realism, literary reflection, and everything in between. These different takes on the meaning of care will inspire, affirm, and challenge ideas of what it means to be express ourselves genuinely to the world around us.

Like, V.E. Schwab meets Chicken Soup for the Soul in this fictional anthology about the power of caring.


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