Since my last post, I have been to Suriname and back! I went under the auspices of the U.S. State Department’s U.S. Speakers program. (Here is the official press release.) I was invited as part of the U.S. Embassy’s Women’s History Month programming. I spent five days in three different districts of Suriname, giving creative writing workshops to high school students, lecturing social workers on the benefits of theater for at-risk youth, and presenting to the general public on the Survival Girls and what they taught me about the infinite potential in all young people who have suffered trauma.
Ingrid and Virginia at the Embassy could not have been more helpful guides, and they even sent me photographic proof of the adventure:
It was an absolute dream come true in every way.
In other news, I published a Huffington Post piece interviewing the photographer Adriana Reyes, with whom I ventured across the border from Turkey into Syria last summer.
I also translated the poems of Juan Soros over the last few years, and one has been published at the literary magazine Alchemy out of UCSD.