“What a wonderful and inspiring reading and conversation we had!” Poet S Stephanie summed up New Hampshire Humanities’ first reading in the “Connections New Voices” series held at the Bookery in Manchester.
In New Hampshire Humanities’ "Year of New Voices" project, Ewa Chrusciel will serve as one of the professional writers partnering with English learners to share their poems or stories in public readings. Here, Ewa reflects on her linguistic journey in Polish and later English and her upcoming role as mentor of new bilingual writers.
What makes a good story? “It’s when I become you,” an ESOL student once said in his class. Much of Beth Olshansky’s workshop for teachers, “Creating Identity Texts in the Multilingual Classroom,” offers a process - beginning with art - to create stories that help readers enter a story so deeply they become the child they are reading about.
Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera had just arrived at the Adult Learning Center in Nashua, his second day with New Hampshire Humanities' Connections program. "For me," a student tells him, "the Learning Center is my second house."
Readers in a Connections group can be graduate students learning English as a third or fourth language, or incarcerated fathers using literature to connect with their kids, or first generation new Americans who've come as refugees.
Bill Badgley's students studying English at the Dover Adult Learning Center are immigrants who have university degrees. Their fields of study include architecture, software develoment, communications, business, journalism, environmental science, and engineering.
Taintor Child, artist, and program director of MindsEye Designs in Dover, received a grant from New Hampshire Humanities to bring a Connections program to the artists she mentors. MindsEye Designs is a vocational program in the creative arts at Community Partners serving adults with disabilities. Taintor had taught a class in a small space at their Crosby St. office. But now MindsEye has a storefront gallery and a shop on Dover's Central Avenue.