Voices on Unity: Coming Together, Falling Apart is a collection of essays, stories, poems and song dedicated to the theme of unity. The contributors thought about what it meant to be voices for a culture, for society, for community, or for a country. Writing about what’s going on around them, means in the end, no matter that it’s local, it’s also the world. Stories in this book are about friendship and family; death and divorce; how to form a past when it’s been stripped away; about women’s marches and even sharing memory with river rocks. This collection forms a family of stories about unity—that elusive state of being for individuals and countries alike.
“Richly varied in form and voice, the work in Voices on Unity examines personal and communal cohesion and dissolution. Sometimes desperate, sometimes ecstatic, these writers offer insight, delight, and much-needed vision.”
— George Ella Lyon, Kentucky Poet Laureate (2015–2016), author of Many-Storied House
“The powerful voices within this timely collection remind us that where there is unity, there is strength—quiet and steady, constant and kind. Within these pages, you’ll see your neighbor, your colleague, your friend, or an acquaintance, but most clearly, you’ll see yourself.”
— Abby Freeland, editor of Vandalia Press
“Voices on Unity is a collection of fine, timely, illuminating writing. With tender, frank, and brave reflections, the writers reveal ways to navigate the difficult, and ways to forge peace, separately and together. These insights are vital in this historic time of pain, conflict, and too much media blare.”
— Laura Long, co-editor of Eyes Glowing at the Edge of the Woods: Fiction and Poetry from West Virginia, and author of Out of Peel Tree: A Novel