It was a lively evening at The Orange Senior Center on a rainy Friday night. You could feel the audience living and breathing through the words that were spoken at the book reading, “Leaving a Legacy.” The stories spanned across generations, sometimes highlighting significant cultural events told from personal perspectives. These were the stories that Darlene Montonaro worked on closely with the writers during her year-long Creative Workforce Fellowship. The essays shared were crafted using the process of free-writing and were initially presented in a “sacred circle,” with absolutely no information to leave the group. That’s what made this public reading so special; the words that were heard were initially a secret.
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