Where I'm From, a poem by George Ella Lyon, writer and teacher
In response to the fear- and hate-mongering alive in our country today, I have joined Julie Landsman?a writer, teacher, and activist based in Minneapolis?to create the I Am From Project. We want to gather the diversity of our voices, and we plan to archive the results online and to present them, in some form, in D.C. The Kentucky Arts Council has wrapped up my Where I'm From? “Where I'm From” grew out of my response to a poem from Stories I Ain't Told Nobody Yet (Orchard Books, 1989; Theater Communications Group, 1991) by my friend, Tennessee writer Jo Carson. In the summer of 1993, I decided to see what would happen if I made my own where-I'm-from lists, which I did, in a black and white speckled composition book. Since then, the poem as a writing prompt has traveled in amazing ways. I hope you won't stop there, though. Where to Go with "Where I'm From" Remember, you are the expert on you. Where Others Have Gone with "Where I'm From"
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