Posts Categorized: Community Writing Projects

  • Immensity – Reading with Immigrant Writers

    I’ve been working with the talented staff of New Hampshire Humanities to create the New Voices project. We were matchmakers. We matched many New Hampshire poets with immigrant writers to work together with the goal of creating a community reading. Here’s one story. Writing united us.  But could we actually pull off a reading? Yes,…

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  • “Tell Me More”

    I have the great fortune to spend this year with New Hampshire Humanities. We’re working on a reading and writing project with  English learners.  The project is A Year of New Voices,   In the Year of New Voices, professional writers meet English learners in Connections book discussion programs. Selected students will have an opportunity to work…

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  • A House of Extravagant Colors

    This is a version of an article I wrote for New Hampshire Humanities about the day the Council hosted Juan Felipe Herrera at the Nashua, NH Adult Learning Center.  Thank you Maren Tirabassi and the students of the class and Juan Felipe for their lines of poetry I include.

  • For Laurie, a Welcoming New Hampshire Story

    “Laurie was their first English teacher. She brought sheets of white paper and markers to her students who spoke little English but told stories with their art.” In 2010, Laurie Lalish of Lutheran Social Services, now Ascentria, conducted a visual arts project with her ESL class in Laconia who created imagery of their homeland. They…

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  • Bhutanese Dance in New Hampshire

    “Traditional arts are artistic activities such as music, dance, and crafts that are passed down from one generation to the next within families and communities and are regarded by the community as part of their heritage.” This is how the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts describes their Heritage & Traditional Arts Program. This fall…

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