The discussion was very fruitful and proved a helpful way to talk about the struggles of these student writers. One of the things that creative writing can contribute to conversations about social issues is to give specificity and a human voice to what can become distant, abstract debates. Barrio Writers shows us the unique voices of smart, passionate students still struggling to find their American dream.
After making the video and sharing it on Facebook, I was able to get in touch with Sarah Rafael Garcia, the director/editor of Barrio Writers, and now we have together planned a special release party and live reading for the third edition of Barrio Writers at Hibbleton Gallery in the Magoski Arts Colony in Fullerton. The event is Friday, April 26th from 6-9pm.