Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

The Power to Tell A Story

Stonecoast MFA Joins Local Authors to Commemorate World Refugee Day

“The Power to Tell a Story” is a free public event being held at East End Community School in Portland on June 16, 2015 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. The event is part of the commemoration of World Refugee Day. Supporters include World Refugee Day Planning Committee, Stonecoast MFA, the NAACP Portland Chapter, and I’m Your Neighbor Books.

“The Power to Tell a Story” will gather authors, poets, storytellers, and songwriters from a range of genres, ages, cultures, backgrounds and publishing experience to lead the community in a creative evening of readings, reflection and response, culminating in the creation of a group poem. Light refreshments will be served, and books will be available for sale.

Local authors and poets include Mikhu Paul Anderson, Jaed Coffin, Terry Farish, Reza Jalali, Maria Testa, and local rapper OD Bonny. Authors will read a short section of their writing and will also participate in a community discussion that addresses questions such as, Where am I from? Where can authentic writing be accessed? Who are the tellers? How do I find my voice? How & what can I write?

"We want to explore issues of power and privilege when it comes to writing and publishing," said local author-illustrator and co-organizer Anne Sibley O'Brien. "What are the messages about whose story matters? How do we widen the space so that we all can benefit from the gift of a wider range of human stories?"