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Louding Voices: Bennett, Danticat and Daré

February 9 - March 16, 2022
Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Pacific Time (six sessions)


“My mama say education will give me a voice. I want more than just a voice, Ms. Tia. I want a louding voice,” I say. “I want to enter a room and people will hear me even before I open my mouth to be speaking. I want to live in this life and help many people so that when I grow old and die, I will still be living through the people I am helping.”
― Abi Daré, The Girl with the Louding Voice

Explore the work of Brit Bennett, Edwidge Danticat and Abi Daré in this six-week Delve. Bennett’s novel,The Vanishing, is a multi-generational saga that tells the story of two sisters growing up in the South, and the different paths their lives take. Acclaimed author Edwidge Danticatt’s new story collection, Everything Inside, includes stories about community, family and love, including many set in Haiti. In The Girl With the Louding Voice Nigerian author and debut novelist’s Abi Daré’s pidgin(broken English) is used in the narrator’s voice throughout the novel. Discussions will include topics around class, race, the roles of children as domestics in African culture, family, and belonging. Bennett and and Danticat will be appearing at Portland Arts and Lectures in February and May.


The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
Everything Inside by Edwidge Danticat
The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Daré

Access Program
We want our Delves to be accessible to everyone, regardless of income and background. We understand that our tuition structure can present obstacles for some people. Our Access Program offers Delve registrations at a reduced rate. The access program for Delves covers 60% of the class tuition. Most writing classes have at least one access spot available.

Please apply here for access rate tuition. Contact Susan Moore at susan@literary-arts.org if you have questions.


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Kesha Ajose-Fisher

Kesha Ajose-Fisher was born in Chicago and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. She now lives in Oregon with her family. Kesha’s debut collection of fictional stories, No God Like the Mother, focuses on the lives and realities of women who have been tasked with holding up the sky, all while the world whispers “you’re doing it wrong”. Fisher has won the 2020 Oregon Book Award for Fiction and The Phoenix Literary Magazine’s Editor’s Choice Award for Short Fiction in both 2011 and 2012. Her writing has been published in several online and print collections, and in such publications as Multicultural Familia Magazine, the Alchemy Literary Magazine, and twice in Beyond Black & White Magazine. Kesha is committed to fighting for social justice, and her dedication to this cause can be seen in everything she does. She works in social services, is a vocal advocate for immigrants and refugees, and she champions equality and education while opposing the poverty that plagues humanity.

Purchase No God Like the Mother from BROADWAY BOOKS or ANNIE BLOOM'S BOOKS, two of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners.

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