VOW Editor Interviews

“Finally, someone is willing to listen.” Students from Puerto Rico Share Their Hurricane Maria Stories

June 27th, 2018|Categories: Environmental Issues, Exile & Displacement, Home and Belonging, Poverty and Economic Rights, Puerto Rico, VOW Editor Interviews, VOW Story Lab|Tags: , , , , |

On September 20, 2017, Hurricane María battered Puerto Rico for over twenty-two hours. The real catastrophe, however, seems to be the ways in which the people of Puerto Rico have been ignored in its aftermath. Since the hurricane, the abject lack of U.S. government support has left many on the island without electricity, clean drinking water, [...]

Our First San Francisco-Based Project!

June 12th, 2018|Categories: Home and Belonging, Immigration, Refugees, VOW Book Series, VOW Editor Interviews, VOW Story Lab|Tags: , , , |

We're so excited about our first San Francisco-based VOW oral history project, Proyecto Santuario, a participatory, community-based project that explores the history of San Francisco as a "sanctuary city" through the voices of Central American immigrants and refugees. Proyecto Santuario is currently incubating through the VOW Story Lab, which provides oral history training, editorial guidance, and project funding [...]

Q&A: Alia Malek on Syria, Narrative Journalism, and the Power of Making It Personal

April 14th, 2017|Categories: Cultural and Personal Identity, Home and Belonging, VOW Editor Interviews|Tags: , , |

Photo: Peter van Agtmael/Magnum Photos In her new book The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria, journalist Alia Malek (editor of Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 Injustice) recounts her journey to reclaim and restore her grandmother's apartment in Damascus at the start of the Arab Spring. We recently had the chance to [...]

Podcast Feature: VOW on The Literary Life

October 21st, 2016|Categories: Home and Belonging, News, Poverty and Economic Rights, Racial Justice, VOW Editor Interviews|Tags: , |

Author Amy Hassinger (left) featured High Rise Stories on a recent episode of The Literary Life. Amy reads from the book's introduction by VOW editor Audrey Petty (center). Voice of Witness hit the airwaves this month on The Literary Life, a weekly micro-podcast on all things writing and literature-related, hosted by author Amy Hassinger. The episode [...]

His Life Hangs in the Balance

May 26th, 2016|Categories: Immigration, VOW Editor Interviews, VOW Story Lab|Tags: , , , |

A Q&A with Solito, Solita Editors Steven Mayers & Jonathan Freedman We’re excited to share an inside look into one of our newest oral history projects: Solito, Solita: Youth Migrants from Central America. Solito, Solita (Alone, Alone) sheds light on the abuses that youth migrants from Central America face while seeking refuge from life-threatening conditions in their home countries. [...]

A Story That Would Never Make the Face of a Lawsuit

May 16th, 2016|Categories: Criminal Justice, VOW Editor Interviews, VOW Story Lab|Tags: , , , , , |

A Q&A with Six By Ten co-editor Taylor Pendergrass We’re excited to share an inside look into one of the newest oral history projects from Voice of Witness: Six By Ten: Stories from Solitary Confinement. Six By Ten will examine the impact of solitary confinement on people who have experienced it firsthand, as well as families, communities, and [...]

“You Can’t Just Create a Beautiful Space. It Also Has to Feel Safe to Be There.”

May 12th, 2016|Categories: Borders and Boundaries, Education, Home and Belonging, Indigenous Rights, Poverty and Economic Rights, Racial Inequality, VOW Editor Interviews, VOW Story Lab|Tags: , , , |

A Q&A with How We Go Home editor Sara Sinclair We’re excited to share an inside look into one of the newest oral history projects from Voice of Witness: How We Go Home. How We Go Home will illuminate the experiences of Native peoples living on reservations in the U.S. and Canada. Narrators will describe [...]

Ferguson: Another Side of the Story

May 10th, 2016|Categories: Civil Rights and Security, Dispatches from the Field, Home and Belonging, Poverty and Economic Rights, Racial Inequality, VOW Editor Interviews, VOW Story Lab|Tags: , , , |

A Q&A with Ferguson Voices editor Jimmie Briggs We’re excited to share an inside look into one of our newest oral history projects: Ferguson Voices. Ferguson Voices turns to the people of Ferguson, Missouri—activists, pastors, police officers, elected officials, teachers—to explore what made their community such a flashpoint for the conversation around civil rights, racial justice, and equality following [...]