Grace is “seemingly effortless beauty or charm of movement, form or proportion.” (American Heritage Dictionary) and “a disposition to be generous or helpful.” This Grace keeps those ideals in mind as she navigates life.
Writing cred: Grace Mattern’s poetry and short fiction have been published widely, including in The Sun, Calyx, Prairie Schooner, Poet Lore and Yankee. She’s received fellowships from the NH State Council on the Arts and Vermont Studio Center. She’s published two poetry books, Fever of Unknown Origin (chapbook, 2002) and The Truth About Death (2012), which won the NH Reader’s Choice award in 2014. Her writing includes columns on social justice issues, in nonprofit publications and as a member of the Board of Contributors of The Concord Monitor.
Social Justice cred: Grace Mattern was Executive Director of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence for 30 years. 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. Her leadership roles included President of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center Advisory Board, President of the Board of Directors of the NH Center for Nonprofits, Co-Chair of the National Greenbook Policy Advisory Council and Chair-Elect of the Board of Directors of the National Network to End Domestic Violence.
Grace is a Research to Practice Specialist with Prevention Innovations Research Center at the University of New Hampshire and a Board member of the Bear-Paw Regional Greenways. Consulting work includes grant writing, editing, facilitation and program and organizational development. Her social justice writing can be found in nonprofit publications and The Concord Monitor.