About Grace

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.

15 Responses to About Grace

  1. Marsie says:

    Hey Grace…I have posted my first blog. You inspired me.

  2. Jack D. says:

    Grace – Can you help me verify whether this is the Jim Borson I knew at Mitchell College (New London) and the Univ of New Haven from around 1969 to 1974? Several of his friends would like to know for sure if we’ve lost a fellow WNHU broadcaster. Please advise. Regards, Jack Daniels

  3. Louise says:

    Wow, so glad I visited your blog through finding your small stone on WOWH. You write so beautifully.

  4. Robin Christopherson says:

    Hi Grace,
    Been a while since I visited your blog. Amazing how many words visit and exit your head on a daily (houlry?) basis!
    Perhaps you would e-mail me at the address I gave below?
    Thanks!
    Robin

    • Grace Mattern says:

      Yes, many words in and out. My twitter profile is: “I have 140 channels in my brain.” I really do. I’ll email you.

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  6. Julia Lanser now Berg says:

    Grace, I just found you via FB. Am a former Scituate HS class mate, my heart goes out to you in your loss and I will take the time to read your archives. I lived during HS in Indian Trail. Have lived in North Conway, MWV, NY, Ca, UT, and now again in Winter Park, CO. It is nice to learn about classmates and their lives, I am glad to have stumbled upon your life with love Julia

  7. gary palmer says:

    There’s a rumor you have a writer/poet group in Northwood? Mary is in one in Chichester and there’s a friend/member/poet that is possibly interested in your group. Jimmy Pappas is at jpappas235@gmail.com.

    Hope all’s well with you and yours.

    Gary

    • Grace Mattern says:

      Hi Gary – How nice to hear from you. Things are fine with me, and I hope with you and Mary and family too. I’m not sure if my Concord based poetry group (no group in Northwood, one in Concord and one in Portsmouth) is looking for more members. I’ll ask at our next meeting and be in touch with your friend if they are. I didn’t know Mary was a poet. Maybe she and I should connect. Best to all of you. — Grace

  8. Eric Zimmer says:

    By any chance are you related to Grace Mattern of Mattern Sails in Scituate? If yes I used to work with her at John Hancock financial services in the 80’s. I suspect she may be your mother. She must be in her late 80s by now.if this is correct, could you please give my best to Grace. She gave us a beautiful photograph of the shoreline in Scituate many years ago. Tell her I said hello! She is a fabulous fabulous lady. My best, Eric Zimmer

  9. Kristi Castano says:

    Grace –
    My names Kristi Castano (daughter of Elizabeth (Mackie) Peyakovich).

    I’m so happy to have found your blog! Your feelings about our upcoming administration echo my own and I admire your dedication and work against sexual assault. My friend Sarah McMahon has a similar dedication, are you familiar with her work?

    I would like to become more politically involved and vocal- a force of resistance. I’m trying to collect as many like minded souls as I can along this journey and it’s comforting to find a relative in the mix! 😊👍

    • Grace Mattern says:

      Hello Kristi,
      What a wonderful thing, to meet you here. Seems like a good way to start a new year, with a newly found family member and a dedication to resistance. I do know Sarah — she came on to the National Sexual Violence Research Center Advisory Committee just as my second term ended. Tell her I said hello.

      Tell your mother I said hello also. It was so sweet to see her at Chris’s service. Chris dying was such a sad passage for our family — who, BTW, are all very left politically so you have lots of like minded relatives; check out my daughter’s blog at mamabalancingact.com — it was really nice to see your mother who I hadn’t seen for 30 or more years.

      Stay in touch. I sent your mother my email address in my holiday card, and I’m on Facebook.

      Onward,
      Grace

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