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