AUBURN -Auburn resident Bobbi LaChance has not seen the faces of fellow members of her writing workshop. She is not blind. It’s that workshop members meet over the phone.

Once a week, disabled writers from all over the world speak with organizer Sanford Rosenthal and various guest authors about the craft and the business of writing. The result, so far, is the book “Behind Our Eyes: Stories, Poems, and Essays by Writers with Disabilities.”

Excerpts from the book will be read at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 12, at the Auburn Public Library.

The book is humorous, sad and uplifting, with the writers revealing what it is like to live with a disability from day to day. Laugh with the blind man who gets in the wrong car and almost gets arrested. Cry with the teenager whose parents resent her blindness so much that they constantly break her spirit. Rejoice over battles won against burglars, abusive spouses and self-doubt, and reflect on the issues of employment, health care, independent travel and acceptance.

“Behind Our Eyes” attempts to bridge the gap between how disabled people are viewed by society and how they really live.

To bring the writers’ words to life, a readers’ theater group has come together to read portions of the book. The group includes Andrew Harris, executive director of L-A Arts; Cindy Petherbridge of the Poland Regional School Library; Sharon Hawkes of the Auburn Public Library and LaChance. Afterward, there will be time for questions, refreshments and a book-signing.

For more information, contact Hawkes at the APL, 333-6640.


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