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She Writes Press News: Announcing THREE MINUS ONE, edited by Sean Hanish and Brooke Warner
Written by
Cait Levin
October 2013
Written by
Cait Levin
October 2013

Three Minus One: Parents’ Stories of Love and Loss is a collection of intimate, soul-baring stories and artwork by parents who have lost a child to stillbirth, miscarriage, or neonatal death, inspired by the film Return to Zero.
The loss of a child is unlike any other, and the impact that it has on the mother, the father, their family, and their friends is devastating—a shockwave of pain and guilt that spreads through their entire community. But the majority of those affected, especially mothers, often suffer their pain in silence, convinced that their grief and trauma is theirs to bear alone. This anthology of raw memoirs, heartbreaking stories, truthful poems, beautiful painting, and stunning photography from the parents who have suffered child loss offers insight into this unique, devastating and life-changing experience—breaking the silence and offering a ray of hope to the many parents out there in search of answers, understanding, and healing. 

Sean Hanish is an award-winning filmmaker, screenwriter and playwright and a member of the Writer’s Guild of America.  His feature directorial debut, RETURN TO ZERO is a true story based on the experience he and his wife had when they lost their first son within weeks of his due date in 2005.  RETURN TO ZERO stars Minnie Driver, Paul Adelstein, and Alfred Molina, and is the first Hollywood film to tackle the taboo subject of stillbirth. 

Brooke Warner is founder of Warner Coaching Inc., publisher of She Writes Press, and author of What's Your Book? A Step-by-Step Guide to Get You from Inspiration to Published Author. Her book was a finalist for the Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Award for 2012 and her website was selected by the Association of Independent Authors as a winner of “Best Websites for Independent Authors.” She lives and works in Berkeley, California.

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  • Shannon Vest

    Thank you! I never really intended to write about this, but it was so very healing. I look forward to reading the other stories.

  • Kelly Kittel

    I, too, am THRILLED to have an excerpt from my memoir, Breathe, chosen for inclusion in this fabulous anthology! And, on top of that, Breathe is forthcoming in May from SWPress, as is the anthology, a double blessing! And the wildest part of this news is that the excerpt chronicles the day that my son, Jonah, died in utero and was born. The day was May 14, and that is the same day my memoir is coincidentally scheduled to be published. So, it will be lovely to birth something successfully on that date, these 16 years later. Amen.

  • Lauren Vasil

    I'm so very happy and humbled to be a part of this project.  Lots of people in my life are too, and have vowed to see the film and/or buy the book.

    In solidarity,