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“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. Through “New Voices,” professional writers meet immigrant writers, learn from each other, edit words for power and clarity, and explore ways that bilingual writers bring new creativity to expression in English. In “New Voices” readings, writers introduce and read with new writers from around the world.
In Italian, Letizia is a first name, butit is also a word that means “joy.”It was my grandmother’s name,and the poem is for her.
(pictured reading in top right photo)
The joy of a momenta moment that is a gift.I lie on your lapyou cherish my hair. The joy of a momenta moment that is a gift. The loving cuddles of that night what a wonderful greeting! The joy of a momenta moment that is a gift. The memory of your love alive in my heart. The joy of that moment.I call it Letizia.
I carried Quran I carry Arabia booksI carried hijabs I carry prayer rugsI carried wealth I carry jewelry, golds I carried kids’ toys I carry pictures I carried astekon I carry tea kettle set I carried 4 forks I carry 4 spoons I carried date I carry dry lemon I carried chamomile I carry laptop I carried electric converter I carry DVDsI carried falafel machine I carry combI carried the hopes for new life.
Images on this page are from recent “New Voices” readings in Manchester, Keene, Lebanon, and Concord. For more stories and pictures, visit www.nhhumanities.org/newvoices.
New Hampshire Humanities programs are made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this these programs do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or New Hampshire Humanities.