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Neighborhood Voices

Neighborhood Voices is a city-wide creative writing project designed by Literary Cleveland and the Cleveland Public Library to engage writers across Cleveland, allowing residents to connect with neighbors, share stories of their community, and draft new writing about what makes their neighborhood unique. Photo by Greg Martin.

Between June and July 2020, free writing workshops were held online via Zoom (due to COVID-19) in six different regions of the city with each workshop facilitated by a different teaching artist: Darlene Montonaro, Philip Metres, Jason Harris, D.L. Ware, Vince Robinson, Stephanie Ginese. At the end of the summer, we received submissions from more than 80 residents all across the city and collected their poems, essays and memoirs into this anthology showcasing the vibrant lives and voices in Cleveland neighborhoods.

In the website that follows, you will find the selected submissions of the literary artist that stayed true to form, where their words and phrases add texture and history to an already written Cleveland landscape. These writers and poets selflessly share themselves in the telling of their triumphs, tragedies and the moments they remember as Clevelanders.

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