NW Connecticut CultureMax Heritage Professional Award

IMG_2119 (1)Carol is the recipient of the CultureMax Heritage Professional Award from the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council for her exhibit, “A Chance for Land and Fresh Air” at The Sharon Historical Society. See more about the project and the book of the same name at the www.achanceforlandandfreshair.com.

The award was presented on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at the Warner Theatre in Torrington, CT.

 

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My Interest in Immigration Issues

In mid 2017, I was drawn to care for a Guatemalan teenager, ultimately becoming his legal guardian and helping him move toward college and a Green Card. I also became involved in Vecinos Seguros, a local organization that tries to bring safety and support to the undocumented Central Americans who live precariously in our midst.

Though I haven’t been an activist for several decades, I’m the daughter of refugees, born a couple of weeks after they arrived on these shores. As I learned English in my neighborhood and school, I became my parent’s first “American child,” assigned to interpret the often incomprehensible American world about them.

Looking at my writing, I see how two novels, The Flood and A Call From Spooner Street, a memoir, Afterimages, and my most recent nonfiction book, A Chance for Land and Fresh Air, all explore the trauma and conflicts of immigration. Though I feel very American, my heart is deeply touched by the hopes and resilience of immigrants.