Dear Fellow Poets and Poetry Lovers,
I invite you to honor an 8-year-old little girl named Jayla, who happens to have been the great-granddaughter of Linda Hogan, a woman whose body of work as a poet, novelist, memoirist, and essayist has been such a gift to us all over so many years. In November, Jayla was was attacked and killed by a pack of feral dogs on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The horror of Jayla’s death has understandably brought Linda almost unimaginable sorrow.
But this invitation is not to benefit Linda, at least not directly. It is meant to honor her beloved granddaughter by helping to realize that little girl’s dream of improving humane animal control on the reservation and eventually creating a safe shelter for stray four-leggeds, whose suffering Jayla felt so keenly.
Jayla’s family has established a nonprofit organization called Jayla’s Dream, which is dedicated to raising funds to complete dog shelter(s) on the reservation. It surely will lift Linda’s heart to know that her friends and admirers have pitched in to make Jayla’s dream come true.
Thanks in advance for your concern and generosity. Click here to contribute to Jayla’s Dream.