Photography by William Short.
Top Row (L-R) Amber Clarke, Angi Brzycki, Sophia Viscarra, Billy Taing
Bottom Row (L-R) Elizabeth Crawford, Ngozi Oparah, Maria Noterangelo, Selene Castaneda
Hosted by LAPL’s innovative Edendale Branch and StoryCenter, Stories of Justice invited a group of library patrons to create a spoken performance piece based on a personal story that provides a little insight into their connection and commitment to the issues of the criminalization of poverty, mass incarceration, the prison industrial complex, and other forms of unhindered systematic oppression and subjugation.
The writing process focused on at 300-550 script that was read and recorded. Here are two examples:
9 am Introductions
9:15 am Overview to StoryWork with Examples
9:30 Writing Prompt
9:45 am Story Circle – Discuss and refine story in group process
11:30 am Re-write & Edits
12 – 1 pm lunch
1 pm StoryCircle 2- Focused feedback/Portrait Preparation
1:30 pm Refining Script/ Portraits
2:00 pm Performances
3:30 pm Celebration and Closure