The Oregon Humanities Community Storytelling Fellowship supports Oregonians in sharing stories from communities they are part of. Three fellowships are awarded each year.
When we say “community,” we mean any group of people who share a common experience thanks to geography, language, race, religion, age, or some other attribute.
When we say “storytelling,” we mean nonfiction stories conveyed through writing, photos, audio, video, comics, or any other medium.
In 2022, three Community Storytelling Fellows will each receive $5,000 to create approximately three stories for publication in Oregon Humanities magazine.
Hector Flores, of Talent, will produce a podcast titled Monte y Bosque exploring the experiences of forestry and agricultural workers in Southern Oregon. Flores is a Southern Oregon-based educator, creative, and entrepreneur. After graduating from Southern Oregon University in 2003, Hector spent fifteen years in China teaching, traveling, and drinking tea. With his brother, Alfredo, he cofounded Revista Caminos, which has been a stalwart publication for the Latino/a/x community in the Rogue Valley since 2010. He is a videographer and writer, and his work explores the interactions and intersections of cultures. A full-time father and community engagement director for the City of Talent, Flores spends his free time writing haiku about tortillas and collecting red cups.
Jennifer Perrine, of Portland, will write about people of color in Oregon who are involved in outdoor recreation and removing barriers for others. Perrine is the author of four award-winning books of poetry: Again, The Body Is No Machine, In the Human Zoo, and No Confession, No Mass. Perrine’s recent poems, stories, and essays appear in The Missouri Review, New Letters, The Seventh Wave Magazine, Buckman Journal, and The Gay & Lesbian Review. Perrine cohosts the Incite: Queer Writers Read series, teaches creative writing to youth and adults, and serves as a diversity, equty, inclusion, and social justice consultant.
Bruce Poinsette, of Tigard, will write articles and produce video interviews sharing stories of Oregon’s Black diaspora communities. Poinsette is a writer and community organizer whose work is primarily based in the Portland Metro Area. A former reporter for the Skanner News Group, his work has also appeared in the Oregonian, Street Roots, Around the O, and We Out Here Magazine, as well as projects such as the Mercatus Collective and the Urban League of Portland’s State of Black Oregon 2015. In addition to his professional writing work, Poinsette also serves as an organizer with Respond to Racism LO, a grassroots anti-racism organization in his hometown of Lake Oswego.
The goal of this fellowship is to provide time and space for sharing stories and questions that might otherwise not be possible, as part of our mission to connect people and communities to inspire understanding and collaborative change. We hope the stories shared through this fellowship will fill information gaps, allow more Oregonians to see their experiences represented, and encourage readers to work toward a more inclusive and civically engaged state.
Applications for 2023 fellowships will open in October 2022.
If you have questions of any kind about this opportunity, please contact Ben Waterhouse at email@example.com.
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