Literary Cleveland, a non-profit organization committed to building a vibrant community of readers and writers in Northeast Ohio, is pleased to announce Who We Are, Where We Live, a place-based community writing program spotlighting Cleveland's Buckeye-Shaker neighborhood. The program will give voice to those who live and work in the neighborhood, and offer opportunities for the Greater Cleveland community to hear these stories.
Who We Are, Where We Live will offer community writing workshops, as well as opportunities for interviews and recorded oral histories. The program will engage people who live and work in Buckeye-Shaker in learning about neighborhood history, writing and sharing stories about the community’s past, and understanding the experiences of their neighbors.
Project director Cindy Washabaugh says the inspiration for the project sprung from her passion for helping people tell their own stories as well as her family’s roots in the ethnically-diverse neighborhood. Washabaugh launched Who We Are, Where We Live in fall of 2015 in the Collinwood neighborhood. The project culminated in a community celebration and a book-length anthology with over 50 contributed stories and neighborhood photos.
“Cleveland is filled with untold stories of our neighborhoods and the people who live there,” says Washabaugh. “Who We Are, Where We Live will help people better understand their neighborhood's past and present, and to share stories with neighbors they have often never met. This helps forge community connections and give voice to people who might not otherwise have an opportunity to write and publish their work.”
The program begins with a launch party and will culminate with a community reading and website featuring an online anthology. Lee Chilcote, Executive Director of Literary Cleveland, invites all Greater Clevelanders to enjoy these facets of the program.
The schedule for Who We Are, Where We Live is as follows:
Launch Party: Sat. April 22nd from 1-3 pm at Loganberry Books, 13015 Larchmere Blvd., Shaker Hts. 44120. Program info, writing activities and neighborhood history. Featuring Mark Souther,Director of the Center for Public History and Digital Humanities at Cleveland State University. Refreshments provided.
Community Writing Workshops:
1. Sat. April 29th from 12-2 pm at Rice Library Branch, 11535 Shaker Blvd.
2. Sat. May 13th from 2-4 pm at Rice Library Branch, 11535 Shaker Blvd.
3. Wed. May 17th from 1-3 pm at East End Neighborhood House, 2749 Woodhill Rd.
Reading and Celebration:
Sat. July 8th from 1-3 pm at Loganberry Books, 13015 Larchmere Blvd. Refreshments provided.
To learn more about this program, check out our website here:
Who We Are, Where We Live is made possible in part by the George Gund Foundation as well as Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any findings, views, conclusions or recommendations expressed in the program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.