In memory of Beth Stanford, Ardath Saunders, Bone Blossom

Freedom Voices

Ardath Elizabeth Saunders Stanford, aka Beth and also Bone Blossom was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on December 21, 1948 and died in February 2011 after a long struggle with Lupus related illnesses.  

Beth was a close friend of Mary TallMountain and was the executor of her estate and a co-founder of the TallMountain Circle.  As a member of the Freedom Voices Editorial Collective, she  also filled many important roles at Freedom Voices including--at various times over 20 years--the administrator, bookkeeper, treasurer and secretary. A former board member of the Tenderloin Reflection and Education Center, Beth gave of her skills and energy freely, but with great precision.  She hated to waste time. She loved to share a good meal, a nice walk, a powerful ritual or a spiritual quest-- but she was eminiently practical--balancing the budget and keeping the books--even as she journeyed into the farthest realms of spiritual practices.

At the suggestion of Jim Stanford, her husband, we are inviting you, if you wish, to make a donation in memory of Beth.

You can send checks to:
Freedom Voices
P.O. Box 423115
San Francisco, CA 94142

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About Freedom Voices

Some Information

Freedom Voices publishes works that speak to or from communities on the margins. Founded in 1989 in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District the press has grown from its origins as a community publisher to include works from around the globe.

FV works closely with the TallMountain Circle which produces, promotes and distributes Mary TallMountain’s literary works and chooses the winners of the TallMountain Award for Creative Writing and Community Service.

FV also distibutes New Earth Publications imprint such as translations of Nicaraguan Ernesto Cardenal’s Quetalcoatl , Costa Rican activist Luisa Gonzalez’s autobiography and Voice of Fire, Communiques and interviews from the Zapatista National Liberation Army.

Freedom Voices is a project of the non-profit Tenderloin Reflection and Education Center and organizes public readings and writing workshops in conjunction with the Center. Freedom Voices is also a partner in the Encounters in the Americas/Encuentros de los Americas project for popular literacy. The founding editor of Freedom Voices is B. Jesse Clarke. Editorial decisions are made by a collective of writers, activists, and street scholars.