CCR Leads Dialogue on Value of Urban Legends with Neighborhood Writing Alliance

Apr 26 2012

On April 23, 2012, the Center for Civic Reflection joined our partner, the Neighborhood Writing Alliance, in celebrating the release of the new issue of their award-winning journal, The Journal of Ordinary Thought. The Neighborhood Writing Alliance provokes dialogue and promotes change by creating opportunities for adults in low-income Chicago neighborhoods to write, publish, and perform works about their lives. To celebrate these writers and the journal's release, CCR staff members, Becca Bernstein and Yangyang Zong, attended the event and led small group discussions with the writers on urban legends, tall tales, and myths -- the theme for the new edition of The Journal of Ordinary Thought, entitled I Believed Every Word.

After an open reading, where the Neighborhood Writing Alliance writers read their work in the journal to the audience, Bernstein and Zong brought small groups of writers together to discuss why we embrace urban legends and how that impacts us, using three excerpts from the journal. Participants expressed that they appreciated the opportunity to engage with one another after the reading and were excited about future discussions.

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