COMMUNITY BOOK READ
ONE COMMUNITY, MANY VOICES:
A community read and discussion project spanning two years and two books and celebrating the voices of queer writers of color who live or work in – or write about – the Inland Southern California region. The project launched last fall with There Should be Flowers by Joshua Jennifer Espinoza, and continues this spring with Still Water Saints by Inland Empire writer Alex Espinoza.
FREE copies of Still Water Saints will be available throughout the month of March from the following library partners (while supplies last):
Workshop #1: Thursday, February 18, 7–8:30pm
Workshop #2: Thursday, February 25, 7–8:30pm
Dress Rehearsal: Wednesday, March 3, 7–8:30pm
Performance: Thursday, March 4, 7–8:30pm
“For ere this the tribes of men lived on earth remote and free from ills and hard toil and heavy sickness which bring the Fates upon men; for in misery men grow old quickly. But the woman took off the great lid of the jar with her hands and scattered all these and her thought caused sorrow and mischief to men. Only Hope remained there in an unbreakable home within under the rim of the great jar.”-Hesiod, Pandora’s Box, 700 BC
In times of trouble we seek courage and strength, to persevere, in the hope that circumstances will take a turn for the better. The next Flame storytelling workshops in March will embrace the theme of the season, Hope Springs Eternal, as we explore stories where perhaps we can find meaning in the changing season. We will share stories of struggle and triumph, and reminder ourselves that we are resilient and brave. If you have a story about a time when you felt hopeless and ready to give up, but persisted anyway to prevail over despair, we would love to hear it. Let’s remember, although we are apart for now, we can connect through our stories.
If you have a story of hope you’d like to share, please send a short synopsis to Inlandia@InlandiaInstitute.org. Spaces are limited!
Stevie Taken is the founder of The Homespun Players, a small Riverside theatre group established in 2013. She loves all forms of storytelling and especially admires those who choose to share their experiences with live audiences; a special kind of self imposed punishment. This activity was supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.