2016 Tell Your Story Campaign: Spotlight on Angela Lockhart-Aronoff

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The Tell Your Story Campaign is Back!

Every June, members of the NYWC community write stories about their experiences with NYWC as a way to raise awareness and revenue for our programs. Each week throughout June we’ve been featuring one of these stories on our website. This week’s feature comes from Angela Lockhart-Aronoff, a beloved member of the NYWC community since 2010.

Be sure to follow and support NYWC’s 2016 Tell Your Story Campaign here!

As a poet with a demanding full-time job, writing has been an ongoing creative process and dedicated practice of inner expression. Most of my after work writing life has been in service to others who do not recognize themselves as writers and includes: writing plays with children from Mexico participating in an English as a Second Language arts program, writing with women surviving and living in a domestic violence shelter; and founding my own educational theatre company (Living Lessons Inc.), working with my late husband to write with volunteers to create community performances that educate and advocate for individuals infected or affected by AIDS and the impact of addiction on the community.

But I have to admit, it is my current work as a volunteer and trained creative writing workshop leader for the New York Writers Coalition (NYWC) that has proved to be the most meaningful and inspirational as a writer among writers. NYWC’s free and low-cost writing workshops, offered throughout New York City, offer each participant and leader a chance to become an active member of a community of writing peers, and present their work publically through NYWC readings and publications, as well as connect with broader audiences. Our workshops are offered specifically to serve youth, seniors, women, LGBT communities, people living with visible and invisible disabilities, people who are currently or were formerly incarcerated, and others from traditionally silenced groups. We, the members of NYWC believe that everyone has a voice and a story and that the world is a better place when we respect, deeply listen to, and honor all of its citizens.

As a NYWC creative writing workshop leader of six years it has been an honor and a privilege to write with and share writing in a safe atmosphere of respect and acceptance, to witness how each writer discovers the power of their own stories, gain confidence and a stronger sense of self, and become part of a creative and socially conscious community. This includes the writing of Steven, who explores the very active lives of small puddle micro-biological entities, Justine who, through writing, becomes the beautiful ballerina she dreamed of as a child, and Max, who creates fantastic stories that embrace 1960’s commercial pop culture.

New York Writers Coalition encourages creative writing as a long-term practice in the lives of the unheard individuals we serve in recognition of every writer’s artistic and personal value. This is vital work, and I hope you’ll join me in supporting this wonderful organization.

Thanks again — and feel free to forward this to anyone else you think might want to sponsor me too!

Peace & Poetry


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