Two new stories up this week on Tell Your True Tale. Both grew from a writing workshop I did with students this month at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, CA — a town where I was once a crime reporter for several years.
The stories were terrific and I’ll be posting several of them in coming weeks.
Perhaps reflecting some of the town’s grit, the tales themselves are rough, but really great, reads — confirming my faith in community colleges as story goldmines.
These are the first two:
–Christian Lockwood, a former cop, writes of the final day of his drunken homelessness, in The Last Day.
–Darshay Smith, a nursing student, writes of the night her mother was shot and the lingering effects of the incident in The Light That Night
Check them out. Please share them on social media. I’m always interested in looking at new submissions, so take computer in hand and get writing.
Mexico City photographer Keith Dannemiller has some great shots of the Homeless World Cup soccer tournament.
Great idea — forming soccer teams made up of folks who are homeless, or socially/economically marginalized, and bringing them all together to compete in a soccer tournament, this the 10th annual.
On Facebook, Keith writes of some of the people he met:
“Like Ikram Moukhlis, a young Muslim woman who lives in a women’s shelter in Tangiers, Morocco. I know about 5 phrases in Arabic, she speaks no English or Spanish, but somehow we connected and I was proud of the photos I made of her. This trip to Mexico was the first time in her life to be on a plane. And then, Mauva Hunte-Bowlby, playing for England, who has been, until just recently, ‘sofa-surfing’ in London. Ms. Hunte-Bowlby is 52, and a grandmother twice over.”
Great story, fascinating event….check out Keith’s shots.
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