Spring 2009

Leska Tomash

Leska Tomash is a freelance writer and stellar Telling Room Volunteer. She finds it hard to say whether she gives or receives more when doing volunteer work with The Telling Room - it engages her in the community in a way that becomes less about 'doing' for others and more about being part of a greater project. She loves being involved and finds it amazing to watch a ten-year-old grapple with putting thoughts into words and to assist in some way, even if just quietly listening. And she thinks it's pretty cool to spend an hour with a Portland High School student from Sudan, mostly talking, but coming away with a few gem sentences that will rock your world. Leska recently finished up a freelance piece about food culture in various countries for the National Association for Specialty Food Trade and recently helped found a writing group with other Telling Room Volunteers.