Grace is “seemingly effortless beauty or charm of movement, form or proportion.” (American Heritage Dictionary) Grace is also my name, and I try to live up to “a disposition to be generous or helpful.”
Here is my professional bio: Grace Mattern was Executive Director of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence for 30 years. She was actively involved with public policy and systems advocacy to promote effective community interventions in response to domestic and sexual violence and coordinated a statewide network of programs that assist victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. She served on the Governor’s Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence, the Access to Justice Commission, the Board of Directors of the NH Network of Child Advocacy Centers, the Board of Directors of the NH Coalition to End Homelessness and the AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program Partnership. She served as a Co-Chair of the National Greenbook Policy Advisory Council and as Chair-Elect of the Board of Directors of the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Currently she is a Research to Practice Specialist with Prevention Innovations at the University of New Hampshire, is Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the NH Center for Nonprofits and is Vice Chair of the Advisory Council of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.
Here is my writing bio: Grace Mattern’s poetry and short fiction have been published in numerous literary journals and magazines, including The Sun, Calyx, Prairie Schooner, Poet Lore and Yankee. She has received a Poetry Fellowship from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and was the first recipient of the Jean Pedrick Memorial Fellowship for a four-week writing residency at the Vermont Studio Center. Her chapbook, Fever of Unknown Origin, was published by Oyster River Press in 2002 and her first full length book of poetry, The Truth About Death, was published by Turning Point Books in April 2012.