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In this interview Vecchione, writer and teacher of poetry, shares stories of her work with immigrant children and poems. Many of the struggles faced by young immigrants are the same all youth face: isolation, self-doubt and confusion. Vecchione discusses the healing power of poetry and puts a personal face on immigration so we can see beyond vague generalities. Here she shares a few of the poems of young people: a girl from Syria, a boy from Guam. She speaks of the refugee situation, “It’s hard to leave home. I wouldn’t move unless I had to move and these are people who, for example, in El Salvador and in Mexico may be fleeing gang violence where young men, young boys, are taken into gangs against their will. Young women are made girlfriends of the gang members; they are not treated respectfully, rather, they are raped and mistreated. There are reasons people want to come to the U.S.” One cannot help but share the sadness of a young person having to leave home. You’ll be inspired to make a difference in your community to include the large and often unheard immigrant population. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)
Patrice Vecchione is a poet, author, and artist. She teaches creative writing retreats, collage and poetry workshops. She has also worked with children, leading classes in poetry and the imagination in elementary, middle, and high schools.
She's the author of several books including:
To learn more about the work of Patrice Vecchione go to www.patricevecchione.com.
Host: Justine Willis Toms Interview Date: 4/15/2019 Program Number: 3673
From Album: A WishArtist: Hamza El Din
Opening Essay: Track 01 - GreetingsMusic Break 1: Track 02 - SunsetMusic Break 2: Track 03 - AnesiguMusic Break 3: Track 04 - Griffin 2
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