Presentation Title

Igniting your inner voice and inspiring compassion through storytelling

Faculty Mentor

Claudia Reder

Start Date

23-11-2019 1:00 PM

End Date

23-11-2019 1:15 PM

Location

Markstein 308

Session

oral 3

Type of Presentation

Creative Writing and Poetry Showcase

Subject Area

creative_arts_design

Abstract

Human beings all are united by stories; uplifting memories, traumatic experiences, simple mundane moments. These stories are a part of our culture, our upbringing, our identity, and shape our deepest selves. Sharing our stories is a vulnerable and benevolent act, but it is the most necessary thing in this generation of globalization, rapid technological change, and social instability. We need all of us to become storytellers, to find and share our own voices, and to ignite understanding and compassion in our world. My journey as a poet has been turbulent yet rewarding. At first, I was a lost poet; I did not know how to express my emotions properly because I did not yet understand them. But the more I wrote I saw a voice ignite within me, and the untold stories of my inner self began to surface more clearly. I now decipher these memories through my poetry, in woven puzzle pieces. I learned to craft poems using actions, and descriptions of what smells, sights, and sounds those memories carry; to allow anyone who reads them to immerse themselves within my experiences. At times I’ve incorporated aspects of my culture and Spanish language to give a connection back to my personal roots. My poetry is an expression of what I have subconsciously hidden all my life in fear of my own vulnerability. It serves the purpose of giving myself a voice. And, just as how Richard Siken and Erika L. Sanchez inspired me to write, I aim to inspire others with my poetry to find their own creative voices, and to motivate others to break free from fear and become the storytellers we are all meant to become.

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Nov 23rd, 1:00 PM Nov 23rd, 1:15 PM

Igniting your inner voice and inspiring compassion through storytelling

Markstein 308

Human beings all are united by stories; uplifting memories, traumatic experiences, simple mundane moments. These stories are a part of our culture, our upbringing, our identity, and shape our deepest selves. Sharing our stories is a vulnerable and benevolent act, but it is the most necessary thing in this generation of globalization, rapid technological change, and social instability. We need all of us to become storytellers, to find and share our own voices, and to ignite understanding and compassion in our world. My journey as a poet has been turbulent yet rewarding. At first, I was a lost poet; I did not know how to express my emotions properly because I did not yet understand them. But the more I wrote I saw a voice ignite within me, and the untold stories of my inner self began to surface more clearly. I now decipher these memories through my poetry, in woven puzzle pieces. I learned to craft poems using actions, and descriptions of what smells, sights, and sounds those memories carry; to allow anyone who reads them to immerse themselves within my experiences. At times I’ve incorporated aspects of my culture and Spanish language to give a connection back to my personal roots. My poetry is an expression of what I have subconsciously hidden all my life in fear of my own vulnerability. It serves the purpose of giving myself a voice. And, just as how Richard Siken and Erika L. Sanchez inspired me to write, I aim to inspire others with my poetry to find their own creative voices, and to motivate others to break free from fear and become the storytellers we are all meant to become.