Home is the warmth of life
In my home I feel the sweetness
I touch honesty and smell the happiness
Home is a place that I can hang my heart
— Friba Dawar
Please join us for a reading and celebration of The Stranger is My Friend, published by Inlandia Books. The product of over two years of collaborations between Inlandia Institute and Glocally Connected.
The Stranger is My Friend brings together poetry, art, and story around the subject of ‘home’ as experienced by displaced Afghan refugee families. Also included are writings by staff and volunteers who worked closely with these families, making them feel at home here where they’ve learned that often the stranger is their friend.
Poetry workshops for the women were inspired facilitated by Nikia Chaney during her tenure as Inlandia Literary Laureate. Summer programs with the women and children were facilitated by the California State University SCIPP (Students and Coyotes Instruction in Poetry and Prose) program.
Glocally Connected, a local nonprofit, has held a Community English as a Second Language (ESL) Program since January 2016. During 2018 and 2019, facilitators from Inlandia Institute joined our Community ESL Classes and introduced universal themes, such as: family, home, and beauty. The Afghan women in our class, as well as the volunteers, who support the class and organization, wrote from their heart and formed deeper connections because they shared very personal perspectives and stories. The program also included a summer camp where the Afghan women’s children joined in and created their own poetry and art. We also welcomed students from the University of California Riverside, our local college, to share their own poetry--their stories of moving to the U.S.A
This activity was supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov. Funding for this program also provided by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.