MuseWrite Press was formed in 2014 by Michelle Duster and Trina Sotira to publish undertold stories by people who have traditionally been underrepresented. Together, they produced two award-winning books. Their first collection was Shifts: An Anthology of Women's Growth Through Change. Six years later, in 2020 they published Impact: Personal Portraits of Activism. In 2023 Michelle decided to independently continue editing and publishing collections that lift up the voices of people whose stories are very often left out of the narrative of our the experience.
Something happened and motivated these quiet activists to make an impact on their family, organization, or community. They chose to speak up about issues they care about. Some are following a tradition of generational activism. Others became involved for the first time and suddenly realized they were engaged in activism. IMPACT: Personal Portraits of Activism gathers personal essays, poems, and short stories from around the world to show how actions big and small can lead to some form of justice.
A standout book, IMPACT won the 2021 Best Book Award in Current Events and was a Finalist for Social Change with the American Book Fest. In addition, the book was a 2021 Indie Book Award Finalist in two categories: Anthology and Social Change.
($20.00 * 213 pages)
Published October 29, 2020
Through short stories, essays, and poems, 35 women from different age groups, geographic locations, marital status, parenting status, professions, and sexual orientations share their experiences of growth as a result of change. This inspirational book highlights the strength of women as their life shifts ultimately lead to increased confidence and internal peace. SHIFTS was a finalist in women's issues category for 2016 Indie Book Award & 2015 USA Best Book Award.
($19.95 * 218 pages)
Published November 22, 2014