Dancing at the Shame Prom Editors on Holy Hormones Honey! September 10

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Monday night’s interview with Amy Ferris and Hollye Dexter was over the top. The interview is now posted. Dancing at the Shame Prom is about turning personal shame into personal redemption. Their just released anthology is going to be a bestseller.  Amy Ferris says – grab a tissue and a bottle of wine and dive into extraordinary stories from extraordinary women who had the courage to share their shaming so that women will know that their stories are a universal shame carried by many.

Dancing at the Shame Prom – Telling the Stories that KEPT us Small is insightful, poignant and empowering.

Join Leslie Carol Botha Monday, September 10 on Holy Hormones Honey! when she interviews Amy Ferris and Hollye Dexter, co editors of Dancing at the Shame Prom, an engaging, refreshing book about turning your stories of shame into redemption. The interview will be audio streamed on KRFC FM – from 6 to 7 pm MDT.

“We live in an atmosphere of shame. We are ashamed of everything that is real about us; ashamed of ourselves, of our relatives, of our incomes, of our accents, of our opinions, of our experience, just as we are ashamed of our naked skins.” – George Bernard Shaw

Shame is a powerful thing. It can weigh on your heart and mind, diminish your sense of self-worth, and impact the way you live in the world. But what happens when you share that secret burden?

Amy Ferris, Hollye Dexter, and the writers they brought together are all ready to let go of shame. In Dancing at the Shame Prom, twenty-six extraordinary women—Lyena Strelkoff, Teresa Stack, Monica Holloway, Nina Burleigh, Amy Friedman, Meredith Resnick, Victoria Zackheim, and more—take the plunge and say “yes” to sharing their stories. These brave writers, journalists, musicians, artists, directors, and activists have offered up their most funny, sad, poignant, miraculous, life-changing, and jaw-dropping secrets for you to gawk at, empathize with, and learn from—in the hopes that they will inspire others to do the same. Letting go feels good!

Freeing, provocative, and audacious, Dancing at the Shame Prom is about flaunting the secrets that have made you feel small so that you can stand up straight, let the shame go, and finally—decisively—move on with your life.

About Amy & Hollye

Hollye Dexter is author of the memoir Only Good Things and co-editor of the upcoming anthology Dancing at The Shame Prom: Sharing the stories that kept us small (Seal Press). Her stories have been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul- Answered Prayers, and Character Consciousness as well as online at Fem2pt0, The Next Family, The Shape of A Mother, Over Fifty Living, BackPage magazine. She writes regularly for iPinion Syndicate and AOL Patch News.

Hollye is a singer/songwriter with four albums out. She also founded two nonprofit organizations, running arts programs for teenagers in the foster care system. She has won several awards, including the Agape Spirit award from Dr. Michael Beckwith (from The Secret), for her work with at-risk youth. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children. You can find her blogging away at Truth and Consequences.

Amy Ferris is an author, editor, screenwriter and playwright. Her memoir, Marrying George Clooney, Confessions From a Midlife Crisis (Seal Press) is off-broadway bound. She has contributed to numerous anthologies, He Said What, The Buddha Next Door, The Drinking Diaries, and Exit Laughing. She has written everything from YA novels, a greater goode, to movies/films: FUNNY VALENTINES, MR. WONDERFUL. She co-created and co-edited the first ever “all women’s issue” of Living Buddhism magazine. She was both an editor, and contributing writer at the (monthly) magazines Urban Refugee, and Milford Magazine. She serves on the Executive Board of Directors at The Pages & Places Literary Festival, Peters Valley Arts, Education and Craft Center, and on the Advisory Board of The Women’s Media Center. She is on faculty at The San Miguel de Allende Writers Festival where she teaches Memoir writing. She is a “visiting” teacher at the UCLA Writers Workshop (extension). She contributes regularly to iPinion Syndicate. Her number one goal, desire, dream: THAT ALL WOMEN AWAKEN TO THEIR GREATNESS, THEIR BEAUTY, and THEIR POWER. Amy is delighted, over the moon delighted, to be co-editing THE SHAME PROM with Holly Dexter.

You can find her blogging in the middle of the night at: Marrying George Clooney.


Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.