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Seeds Students Published in Anthology

We’re happy to share that the writings of two Seeds of Literacy students were selected for inclusion in Beginnings XIX. Beginnings is the annual publication of writing from students in Ohio’s Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) programs. (Seeds of Literacy receives some ABLE funding.)

Angela Williams and Karen Florence, students at Seeds’ west and east side locations, respectively, are now published authors after submitting for Beginnings. Angela’s submission, “No Parking Zone,” tells of an outing she had with her grandson. Karen’s piece, titled “Worth,” recounts a difficult period of her life and how she freed herself of it.

“When you think about it, how much is it worth to take care of yourself: mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual? It’s the value that you put on your life,” she writes.

“One day while walking across the street, I saw this big, tall and full-of-life tree; that was the day I saw life to the fullest for me. I knew then I wanted to live.”

Beginnings winners were invited to the annual awards luncheon and Ohio Writers’ Conference, held in Columbus on May 6th. Angela and Karen, accompanied by Seeds staff, were treated to keynote speakers on the creative process of writing, and also had the opportunity to read their submissions to attendees. Below are photos from the event.


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Karen and Angela


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The cover of Beginnings XIX, drawn by an adult education student


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Angela and Seeds of Literacy Site Coordinator Chris Richards
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Karen and Seeds of Literacy Site Coordinator Sharon Farrer