Reclaiming our Stories: Narratives of Identity, Resilience and Empowerment

Subgroup Size

Entire group


4 hours

External Cost



Alsoraimi-Espiritu, M., Alexander, R., & Lopez, M. P. (Eds). (2016). Reclaiming our stories: Narratives of identity, resilience and empowerment. City Works Press.


Note that few new copies are available because the book is out of press.

Teaching tools such as reflective writing/dialogue prompts are located in the back of book.

Excerpted from the Amazon description: "Reclaiming Our Stories: Narratives of Identity, Resilience and Empowerment gathers 19 powerful narratives written by members of the Reclaiming Our Stories Community Writers Workshop located in Southeast San Diego. These authors, almost all of them emerging, reached deeply into their lives to excavate these offerings that, in the end, rise in triumph. These are stories of children who have suffered incredible trauma and who do not receive adequate and immediate assistance; of young people who have drowned their pain through the abuse of alcohol and drugs; of those who grew up in environments where the only role models were gang members and hustlers; of homelessness; of immigrant families torn asunder by unfair immigration practices; of broken families. These authors counter dominant narratives that attempt to label or mislabel their experiences and worth. These narratives exemplify the healing that occurs when the courageous work of introspection confronts the merciless blank page and emerges victorious."