Last Friday night, fourteen women from Hotel Louisville, a downtown homeless shelter and recovery center, read their original poems to an audience of nearly a hundred friends, community members, and poetry lovers. The women spent six weeks reading and writing poetry together this fall as part of Sarabande Writing Labs, Sarabande's literary outreach program.
Author David Tomas Martinez joined the women onstage as the night's featured guest. Before reading from his book, Hustle, he shared the following encouragement for the women in the program: "Look, I was a gang member. I sold dope. I was a teenage father. I can easily see myself here with y'all instead of where I am now. So understand that you can always change. You can always change."
More to come. Check back in for audio recordings, poems, and more photos from this event!
Sarabande Writing Labs is an outreach program dedicated to bringing the literary arts to underserved communities in Louisville, KY, through creative writing workshops. Learn more (and get involved!) here.