Love, H: The Letters of Helene Dorn and Hettie Jones
Hettie Jones is the author of numerous books, including her memoir of the Beat scene How I Became Hettie Jones; the poetry collection Drive; and the young adult Big Star Fallin’ Mama: Five Women in Black Music. She has published in many newspapers and magazines, including the Village Voice, Global City Review, and Ploughshares. She currently teaches in the Graduate Writing Program at The New School, the 92nd Street Y, and the Lower Eastside Girls Club, and she previously taught at several colleges and universities in New York and elsewhere. Jones lives in New York City.
Helene, trying to inspire Hettie after memoir rejection, sends inspiring quotes. Hettie takes job teaching at Sing Sing prison. Memoir revision is accepted by E. P. Dutton, praised by young readers. Helene’s brother Jack dies. Hettie reports March on Washington for abortion rights. In August 1989 they drive to Michigan to Marie Bahlke, Helene’s sister. In September Hettie begins workshop at Bedford Hills, New York State’s max prison for women, and second year at SUNY Purchase. Kellie Jones’s show of Martin Puryear sculpture, first black American artist to get international attention, wins Grand Prize, São Paulo Biennale. Helene makes masks....