So can expressing your voice help in life? For members and supporters of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH), it can.
Last year, CCH and its supporters held its “Horizons Creative Writing Outreach” event in which people stood before an audience and gave spoken word performances about life. The articulation of ideas and feelings, organizers said, help reflect hope, dreams and struggles.
In 2013, Marguerite Casey Foundation, which publishes Equal Voice News, produced a video about Shon Robertson, who became a spoken word artist and community leader. Robertson participated in the CCH creative writing program.
Wayne Richard, a CCH community organizer who helps with the creative writing project, also has produced a reflective video about sofas – and their meaning in his life.