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Between Two Worlds:  Voices of Turkish Dissidents

Between Two Worlds: Voices of Turkish Dissidents

Five Turkish men and women who fled their homeland and President Erdogan’s authoritarian regime speak of their fears, what they left behind, and their hope that Americans will speak out against ongoing injustice and human rights abuses. Between two Worlds: Voices of Turkish Dissidents from Amanda Cantrell Roche on Vimeo.  
Turkey: a defining moment in our democracy

Turkey: a defining moment in our democracy

by Sean Siple On May 16th, 2017, on the same day that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited US President Donald Trump at the White House, protesters gathered at the Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C. to express their dissent with the Administration’s decision to embrace Erdogan. Turkey’s President has unleashed a massive government attack on...
Action Steps for Justice in Turkey

Action Steps for Justice in Turkey

by Amanda Cantrell Roche Turkey has held a special place in my heart since I travelled there as a guest on a Culture and Dialogue Turkey Trip in May 2015. Since then, freedom of speech and press have heavily deteriorated. The human rights violations under President Erdogan are staggering, and behind each number is someone’s...
Shouts and Tears ... processing our new reality

Shouts and Tears … processing our new reality

On January 13, 2017 Nashville’s Dark Horse Theater held space for Jessica Malone’s vision  and Actor’s Bridge Ensemble’s open call to local artists to respond to the pending inauguration of the 45th President of the United States. The name of the mind-blowing curation of theatrical reading, skit comedy, vaudeville musical performances and  a touch of...
Never said his name

Never said his name

Joshua Crandall Lee was born to one Shaunel Lee in June of 1977. In February of this year he shared this poem to the Nashville Skyline tribe and asked if we would publish it … They never said his name… And even though they were the people that loved me most…more than anything in the...
Punctuation is going to have wait ...

Punctuation is going to have wait …

Stammering, stalling, stuttering, stung by a raw cut and a douse of astringent, Letting out air, dripping blood, drowning in fear and shame and filthy habits … No longer able to patch together any justification, any people of interest, any way it can keep going on this way …. Punctuation is going to have to...
The Power of We

The Power of We

My voice. My one voice. It’s message not original. nor cloaked in the power of art For there is no time for that This onslaught is too fast Smothering Daily flooding To overwhelm us with the sheer volume of outrages While we stand, open-mouthed, gagging At the audacity the injustice the blatant lies and mistruths...
changing under my bare feet

changing under my bare feet

It was the steady fall of snowflakes, sticky and persistent throughout the cold night and the even colder morning — that stripped away the feeling that Nashville was getting away from me. I remembered this chill and these arching maples and oaks groaning with the ice building up on their shimmering bare limbs. I sensed...
The Vanishing Man ~ by Derik Pell

The Vanishing Man ~ by Derik Pell

“Just when you think I’m in the palm of your hand You’ll hear rattling bottles and clattering cans I’m a ghost in the grand stand a sack full of wind I’m a bat in the rafters and a rat in the tin In the cool before dawn I’m a creak and a groan I’m a...
Highway Herald ~ by Amanda Cantrell Roche

Highway Herald ~ by Amanda Cantrell Roche

“I’m going to work for my sanity Give it everything I got Though so far I have cheated death I know someday I’ll get caught Just living So here we go man it’s beautiful Get your trumpet get your drum Keep in time in a second line It can make you feel so young” Connor...
Take Me Away ~ by Mallory Mapes

Take Me Away ~ by Mallory Mapes

The air conditioner is out again,    [I got a pocket, got a pocketful of sunshine] it’s late July in Tennessee,    [I got a love, and I know that it’s all mine] and the people outside want their money back.    [Oh. Whoa-oh-oh.] The sales manager is sitting at her desk by the front...
There Is Good In What Is Green ~ by Jenn Couture

There Is Good In What Is Green ~ by Jenn Couture

She materialized suddenly from somewhere behind the scattering of weathered shacks and makeshift chicken wire livestock pens, banging erratically on a crude, handmade goat skin drum. As she approached, I imagined that for some reason she had randomly chosen to include us in some sort of strange, painfully intimate ritual, enveloping our group of dusty,...