From Ashes to Angel’s Dust:
A Journey Through Womanhood
About the Book
Like many young women, Zoë Flowers found herself in a dangerous relationship in her early twenties. Flowers ended the relationship after a short time, but the experience motivated her to be a catalyst for real change. She started conducting candid interviews with women about their experiences with domestic, dating, and sexual violence. From Ashes to Angel’s Dust: A Journey Through Womanhood is the book that emerged from those early interviews. From Ashes to Angel’s Dust: A Journey Through Womanhood is a unique collection of candid interviews, national resources, healing techniques, and Zoë’s poetry. From Ashes to Angel’s Dust: A Journey Through Womanhood is the story of our mothers, sisters, and grandmothers.
“Dear Zoë, the book was wonderful! I shared it with a couple of my colleagues. I could see myself in several of the scenarios—painful to recall. How in the world could any of us get ourselves into such sad and often brutal situations? Reading your book was like being in the midst of a motion picture. You captured so much pain. Thanks so much for touching my life - however briefly. May God protect you as you start your new journey. Stay free and HAPPY!” Pauline M.
“Two weeks ago at our Saturday School in Soweto, we read one of the stories in the book about Lois and Brian. It really struck a familiar cord with our 50 high school students. After reading the short story, it was a great vehicle to talk about abuse. Again, thank you. Your book is helping many young lives here in Soweto, South Africa. Stay blessed” Jose B.
About the Author
Zoë Flowers is an author, poet, actress, Reiki Master and seasoned domestic violence expert. Her poetry and essays can be found in Stand Our Ground; Poems for Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander, and Dear Sister: Letters From Survivors of Sexual Assault and several online journals.
Like many young women, Zoë Flowers found herself in a dangerous relationship in her early twenties. Flowers ended the relationship but the experience motivated her to be a catalyst for real change.
Now, with almost fifteen years of experience in the domestic violence field, Zoë has appeared on National Public Radio, works nationally and has spoken internationally on the issue of domestic and sexual violence and works with the Joyful Heart Foundation as a holistic healing consultant for various events including their retreat program, which provides survivors with holistic approaches to healing in the nurturing environment of community. Zoë worked at several state domestic violence coalitions where she provided training, technical assistance and domestic violence expertise to local and state domestic violence programs and community partners across the country before dedicating her talents to women of color advocates, survivors and their families as the Program Manager for the Women of Color Network Inc.
In 2014, Zoë launched Soul Requirements, which combines her artistic projects, domestic violence expertise, and holistic healing practice. Since then, Zoë has facilitated individual and group Reiki sessions and practioner trainings and readings to clients across the country and oversees. She also donates her services at community events when asked. Zoë provided healing support to sexual assault survivors while they testified at the Black Women’s Truth & Reconciliation Commission hosted by Black Women’s Blueprint this past May, to participants at a series of plays dedicated to Trayvon Martin at the National Black Theatre in Harlem and countless other venues. In addition to Soul Requirements and all her other hats, Zoe was one of the original members of the Black Witch Chronicles. Zoë, shared readings, channeled messages and provided sage advice to thousands via Facebook and YouTube as part of the trio. Zoë is also one of the co-creators of Solstice SoulShifting. This cutting edge retreat combines indigenous healing technologies with survivor-centered approaches to provide participants with a retreat experience of a lifetime. Dr. G. Love and Zoë are looking forward to hosting another retreat this December in Puerto Lopez, Ecuador.
Zoë’s book, From Ashes To Angel’s Dust: A Journey Through Womanhood (FA2AD) a collection interviews Zoë conducted with women of color survivors of domestic and sexual violence is set for re-release 2017.
ASHES, is a ChoreoDrama that emerged from FA2AD. Zoë wrote, produces and acts in the powerful ensemble piece, which has had performances across the country including; The White House’s United State of Women Summit in Washington, DC on June 15, 2016, Yale University’s Fearless Conference on April 9, 2016 as part of her presentation, Women of Color, Misogynoir, Sexual Assault & Reclaiming Our Magic and The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence National Conference: Voices United on October 24, 2016. Zoë will return to Yale in 2017, where she’ll conduct a four month Campus Project that will culminate with a performance of ASHES by Yale’s Heritage Theatre Ensemble on April 7–8, 2017. Zoë looks forward to replicating her Yale performance and presentation at Smith College in April 2017 and to a new residency at Brown University that is centered on ASHES.