We are delighted that Women’s Voices for Change is one of two “Websites for Women” included in the Summer 2011 issue of the magazine Avalon, which is out on the newsstands now.

Avalon describes itself as “an extraordinary world-culture and lifestyle magazine for women … reflecting the everyday lives we lead and the extraordinary lives we dream.” That’s the kind of mission that is very close to our hearts at Women’s Voices for Change.

The magazine, a lush celebration of women of all ages, was launched by publisher and editor-in-chief Linda Black, a journalist and poet who lives on Martha’s Vineyard, and her sister Lorie Black, an artist, graphic designer and actor who lives in Mount Forest, Ontario, and serves as art director and co-publisher. Joining them in managing the magazine is editor and co-publisher Valerie Sonnenthal, who is also the publisher of Errata Editions and lives on Martha’s Vineyard.

Linda Black wrote in the Winter 2011 issue of the magazine:

I carry my stories, pearls of moments, in a quiet chamber of my heart, to be stirred unexpectedly by a phrase of song, a scent in the air, wind in the trees. … We all do, carry our stories, everyone of us, hopefully some that are lovely and inevitably some that are painful. Ans as we age, we carry more, not just our own, but also our family’s, our children’s, our neighbor’s, our community’s, our country’s, our planet’s. We carry our own stories, our memories, and cousins of memories — those that are not our own but that have become part of who we are and how we navigate the world. We are storytellers, human beings. We have been throughout time. We tell our stories by speaking them, signing them, writing them, drawing them, painting them, acting them, filming them.

That’s what Avalon is about, sharing stories — some lovely, some painful — but all-in-all, stories that inspire us. … And stories that help us to imagine walking in each other’s shoes, to better understand each other, to learn, and to grow.

The current issue provides a bounty of summer reading on AIDS in Africa, travel in India, the “hidden language of clothing” and an interview with the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Geraldine Brooks. The color photography throughout the magazine provides a feast for the eyes.

Avalon can be purchased at Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Doubleday, B. Dalton Books and many independent stores or downloaded at www.avalonmag.com.

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