Thursday, May 17, 2012

“There’s so much to say…”: Writings from the Domestic Workers United Workshop

Split This Rock 2010 featured poet, Mark Nowak, has been leading creative writing workshops through Domestic Workers United.  On May 5th, as part of the PEN World Voices Festival, Nowak moderated a panel titled "There's So Much to Say..." featuring seven participants of his workshops, all nannies and housekeepers in New York City.

" became clear that the workshop had not only taught the craft of poetry, but it had also created a space for sharing anger, frustration, sadness and loneliness, and had enabled some of the women to find their voices.  The power of creative writing to illumine pain, to humanize and add dimension to jobs and lives that, too often, go unacknowledged, was made clearly evident as participants read their work aloud."

Check out photos and a full write-up of the event on the PEN Live! blog.

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