For help and encouragement with the book, I thank Caterina Cianciulli, Barbara Faith Cooper, Vicki Ritterband, Ann P. Lewis, Lucy Mueller White, and my long-time women’s writing group for making me a writer through love and osmosis. I thank Madeleine Charney for contributing her limitless librarian skills to the project. Thanks also to Kara Jones for sharing her experience and her work so openly with me. My gratitude to all the poets who graciously allowed their work to be reprinted here. I also extend gratitude to clients who granted permission to use their stories and artwork.
Thanks to my father Dr Leroy A. Seftel, former Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Ellis Hospital, for acting as medical consultant for this project and head cheerleader. Thanks to my husband, Glenn Siegel, who patiently read countless drafts, and to the rest of my family – nuclear and extended – for managing to survive my foray into publishing.
The Secret Club Project, the national art project about pregnancy loss on which much of this book is based, received generous grants from the following agencies: Northampton Arts Council/Massachusetts Cultural Council, The Puffin Foundation, and Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. I also want to acknowledge the Fund for Women Artists in Florence, MA, for their technical support and acting as our non-profit umbrella.
And finally, this book probably would not exist at all were it not for the many Secret Club artists who shared their imagery and stories. I offer special thanks to artists Melinda Ann Hill, Kathy Fleming, Kristine Sogn, and Beth Shadur for working to support the project’s mission.