July 2015



Camouflage

By: Natalie Hilden

Can’t hide
Among fake smiles, and shattered promises.
Make me an animal. Make me natural, if
Only to be told I am admirable.
Unfortunately, my hands still shake when
Fumbling to be free myself from expectations.
Let me fly
Away from the looks–
Gaze into your eyes. You say
Everything is okay tomorrow. The sun will rise anyway.



What It Feels Like To Be Gay

By: Clautel Buba & Yann Tanguy Irambona

Two Maine international high school students, Clautel who is originally from Cameroon and Yann from Burundi, have produced a radio piece on "what it feels like to be gay." This topic came about for them when they went out on the streets to do a Telling Room vox pop audio project. One group asked "Tell me a story about when you did something for the very first time." They met a middle-aged woman who spoke of when she first went to a gay bar in the 1970's and how it was the first time she felt accepted, understood, and a part of something in her whole life. Our student, Clautel, was blown away by this and couldn't believe she had gone through so much of her life not feeling understood. Clautel wanted to know more - so he and Yann invited three LGBTQ Portlanders in to be interviewed about the topic. These students are part of our program called Young Writers & Leaders, for international high school students living in Portland, Maine. More info on the program here: bit.ly/1eJ7Qds



Snakes in the Walls

By: Oliver Curtis

This multimedia story is written and produced by Oliver Curtis. Oliver created this piece as part of a multimedia workshop in the winter of 2012. The prompt was to write about your home and tell a story about something that happened there. We recommend pairing this piece with that of Oliver's sister, Madeleine Curtis, who produced a piece about the same house, but with a very different spin.



A True War in an Hour

By: Edna Thecla Akimana

This multimedia piece is written and produced by Edna Thecla Akimana, an asylum seeker from Burundi. Edna, a recent highschool graduate was a member of our Young Writers & Leaders program during the 2014-2015 school year. She chose to write an original piece about the state of affairs in her home country, including images of the unrest sent to her from friends still in Burundi and images she found on the internet.



  


Simple Beauty

By: Madeline Curtis

This multimedia story is written and produced by Madeline Curtis. Maddie created this piece as part of a multimedia workshop in the winter of 2012. The prompt was to write about your home and tell a story about something that happened there. We recommend pairing this piece with that of Maddie's brother, Oliver Curtis, who produced a piece about the same house, but with a very different spin.