Anointed by Karen Thompson

Voices From the Land Gratitude to Lisa Vogel

Lisa Vogel washed my feet once. I’m not going to get into details of it, because really they don’t matter. But I was a twenty-ish really insecure fat black young woman (still am, less of the insecure, a lot less of the young) who was raised by extremely, extremely religious Jamaican parents.  I had always internalized very deeply the story …

Welcome to Life! Thank you, my dear Michfest! by Laura Staubes

Voices From the Land A community responds to the end of the Festival, Gratitude to Lisa Vogel

Dear Lisa, It’s hard to know where to begin, except to simply say THANK YOU!!   Okay, now that THAT is  said, I really want you to know what Michfest, thanks to you, has meant to my life and well-being.  I’ll just skip a lot of tiresome details from my life complete w/depression, isolation, self-harming…blah, blah, blah…and jump to 2008, and …

Oh My! by Shiela

Voices From the Land Gratitude to Lisa Vogel

My First Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival Where do I start? I was shocked to learn of the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival at the age of 50, I am now 65. Course I lived very much in the closet due to where I was living, only out to girlfriends and a few close friends. Sadly ashamed of who I was, never …

Grieving by Talitha Sanders

Voices From the Land A community responds to the end of the Festival, Gratitude to Lisa Vogel

Today I am grieving. This is so reminiscent of the kind of grief I felt when my mother died. I didn’t realize until today that I had relied on Fest in such a similar way as I did with my mother. I didn’t even LIKE Fest all the time. Sometimes she was harsh and hard to get along with. Sometimes, …