“Telling stories is said to increase a person’s agency, giving them the strength to understand their circumstances and make choices about their next steps. It’s true. I changed my life and transitioned out of sex work to become a public school teacher as a result of writing and sharing my story.”
Cosechando Cuentos (Harvesting Stories) brings together immigrant women who are members of worker-owned cooperatives in my neighborhood of Sunset Park, Brooklyn. “Somos todas escritoras!” –we read aloud in Spanish from the principles of the NYWC at our first meeting—and then pens to paper we write and become writers together.