We Live Here
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How much of what was lingers below and beyond the present moment is no longer visible but nonetheless continues to exist in the memories of many older residents? What is it like to carry 30, 40, 60+ years of local living experience? To survive the good and bad times? To have an intensely personal attachment to street-corners, shops, and blocks, and to watch them dissolve and reassemble anew—over and over again?

This is a collection of notes, memories, stories, poems, meant to give readable texture to the experiences of some of Pratt campus’ older neighbors. Created between Winter 2018 and Spring 2019, this compilation is a testament to the featured women’s past, presence, and future—their lives in this neighborhood.

The works published here were (almost all) developed from prompts suggested during our writing workshop sessions. The women had the opportunity to continue or revise the pieces on their own time. Some did. But mostly, the featured texts are memories, lists, poems, and stories captured and presented as they first emerged.

This online archive serves as a continuation of We Live Here (the first book of collected poems, stories, memories to come out of the writing workshop). Read an electronic copy of We Live Here.

Authors

 

Roberta McBride-Robinson

Roberta McBride-Robinson

 

Dr. Eleanor Cyrus

Dr. Eleanor Cyrus

 

Joan O'Bryan

Joan O'Bryan

 

Yvonne Bodrick

Yvonne Bodrick

 

Yvonne Hall

Yvonne Hall

 

The 2016/17 Book


We Live Here

With writing by:
Roberta McBride-Robinson
Joan O'Bryan
Dr. Eleanor Cyrus
Mildred Park
Carrie Stewart
Paula Jay McCalla

Editors: Maria G. Baker, Luke Degnan
Typesetting & Cover Design: HR Hegnauer

Published by The Felt

in 2017. A journal of poetry and prose produced by Pratt Institute’s MFA in Writing, The Felt is interested in the creation and cultivation of emancipatory poetic spaces for felt sentiments that have been marginalized, displaced, or estranged from the dominant culture. Like the textile of its namesake, The Felt is an intricate entanglement unlimited in every direction. We strive to publish disobedient and daring work that invites departure, resistance, engagement, and the collaborative, tender-hearted making of new knowledge.

in/extension: a new Pratt publication project in cooperation with The Felt
• Means to create space for thinkers, feelers, writers beyond campus grounds
• Means to intentionally include and ask to be included
• Means to collaborate and intersect
• Means to create a community book


Thank You


Roberta, Joan, and Eleanor have been part of the writing group since 2016/17. Their writing has been featured in We Live Here. Yvonne Bodrick and Yvonne Hall joined the group in early 2019, and they also participated in our oral histories project, As Told. Read more about As Told.

I want to thank them all for their creativity, their commitment, and willingness to share their memories and their lives.

Also, on behalf of the workshop, I want to extend a Special Thank You to:
The Pratt Writing Department for their continued support—especially Beth Loffreda and Andrea Bott for securing a budget for this online publication as well as space and supplies for our regular workshop meetings.

The Pratt Admissions Department, Judy Aaron and Imani Griszell, for continuing to host our writing workshop in the Myrtle Hall seminar room.



The We Live Here online publication has been made possible through financial support from the Pratt Writing Department.