“Sometimes ‘tell me more’ are the most generous words you can tell somebody.” 
- Terry Farish

 

You could say Terry Farish is a story whisperer.

For Farish, a writer, poet, and author, life is about words and storytelling.  But perhaps one of her greatest gifts is the ability to gently coax and nurture words and images from those who don’t know how to tell their story– or believe that their story even matters.

Writing united us. But could we actually pull off a reading? Yes, with help from some poets before us. 

Back row: Tami Truax, Portsmouth Poet Laureate; Pedro, Leidiane Gabi, Sarah Cristina Clemar, Pilar Nadeau, Terry Farish. Front row: Cynthia Chatis, Carolyn Hutton

This is a workshop we’ve long wanted to offer since our program features many picture books on universal themes of the humanities.

“New Voices” is an extension of the Connections reading and book discussion program, bringing an opportunity to students learning English to develop their own stories.

“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.

The Year of New Voices project of New Hampshire Humanities' Connections program offers a new focus on writing this year.

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."

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